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People will pay for vilifying me: Hair

By Chris Lines 23/08/2006 11:25:40 PM Comments (0)

Australian umpire Darrell Hair has vowed "people will pay" for his vilification during the current ball-tampering debate.

Hair was at the centre of a storm when he awarded England victory on forfeit over Pakistan at The Oval when the visitors refused to take the field in protest at being docked runs for ball tampering.

Pakistan have lodged a written objection to Hair as an umpire, with long-standing ill-feeling between the Australian umpire and the sub-continent teams.

Now Hair has vowed revenge against those who have pointed the finger of blame at him for the abandoned Test.

"I'll be putting a lot to my side when this is all over," Hair said in The Independent.

"I have been vilified by virtually everybody here and when the truth comes out a lot of people will pay."

Asked if he thought umpiring was under threat, Hair made it plain that he blamed the media for the problem.

"There's a lot of things under threat and you people (the media) are probably responsible for a lot of them, so take a good hard look and maybe you might understand that a lot of the problems in the world are caused by the media and not the people who are actually doing a job."

Hair is adamant he will contest any accusations against him when the inquiry into The Oval debacle is heard, at a date yet to be determined.

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

"The process would have been followed.

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

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 said.

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

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