Friday, August 25, 2006

Darrell Hair offered to resign for money

Further to the ongoing Pakistan ball tampering row, its emerged that one of the umpires at the centre of the storm offered to resign for money.

International Cricket Committee chief executive Malcolm Speed today revealed Australian umpire Darrell Hair offered to resign following the ball-tampering affair this week in exchange for "a payment of US dollars 500,000".

Hair was the umpire who accused Pakistan captain Inzaman ul-Haq of ball-tampering and bringing the game into disrepute in the fourth Test against England at The Oval last Sunday.
Hair and fellow umpire Billy Doctrove first penalised Pakistan five runs for ball-tampering and then judged they had forfeited the match by failing to halt a sit-in protest when play was due to resume.

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