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Hair stands firm in cricket row

22/08/2006 11:38:37 PM Comments (0)

Controversial Australian umpire Darrell Hair is standing firm in the row involving the Pakistan cricket team, saying he will fight any move to oust him.

In his first interview since the debacle at The Oval where Hair and fellow umpire Billy Doctrove abandoned the Test match after Pakistan failed to take the field immediately after tea on the fourth day, Hair said he stood by his decisions.

"People who know me and the sort of person I am know I would not take any action unless I really thought it was necessary," Hair told the Daily Telegraph.

"I stand by what I have done but if anything comes out at the inquiry that proves me incorrect I would accept that too.

"The process would have been followed.

"The International Cricket Council have given me outstanding support and it has really been appreciated."

On inspecting the match ball, Hair accused the Pakistan team of ball tampering and issued a five-run penalty against them and changed the ball.

His actions prompted Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq to keep his team in the dressing room after the tea interval as an act of protest. By the time the Pakistan team emerged to continue with play, Hair and Doctrove had already abandoned the match.

Hair said he would not be run out of cricket, in response to his perceived problems with the powerful block of Asian nations, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

"If people want to try and force me out of the game it has to be done in some shape or form that I am unaware of because I am contracted to do a job and I know I am doing it quite well at the moment so far as the ins and outs are concerned," Hair told the newspaper.

"If other people have issues they want to use to force me out it will be an interesting battle."

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