Speed fears end for Hair

Speed fears end for Hair

LONDON – International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Malcolm Speed believes that umpire Darrell Hair’s Test career could be over after the controversy of the past week.

Hair offered to quit top-level cricket in return for 500 000 dollars after the ball-tampering furore which lead to Pakistan forfeiting their final test against England. Speed said he wanted Hair to continue but did not know whether the Australian could shake off this latest controversy.”There have been other issues in his umpiring career where people have said ‘this is the end for Darrell Hair’ – after he called Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing in 1996, and he then wrote a book, and people said ‘this is the end for Darrell Hair’,” Speed told BBC Radio’s ‘Sportsweek’ programme.”Darrell survived that and has become a better umpire, he is one of the world’s best umpires, so I hope we can find a way for him to continue but I’m not sure that that will happen.”Why? Because there’s a lot of speculation from people like Nasser Hussain and others where they say that they believe that Darrell’s career is finished, that he’s compromised.”That’s not my wish, I hope we can find a way for him to continue.I would like Darrell Hair to continue umpiring in cricket matches at the top level.”Nampa-AFPSpeed said he wanted Hair to continue but did not know whether the Australian could shake off this latest controversy.”There have been other issues in his umpiring career where people have said ‘this is the end for Darrell Hair’ – after he called Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing in 1996, and he then wrote a book, and people said ‘this is the end for Darrell Hair’,” Speed told BBC Radio’s ‘Sportsweek’ programme.”Darrell survived that and has become a better umpire, he is one of the world’s best umpires, so I hope we can find a way for him to continue but I’m not sure that that will happen.”Why? Because there’s a lot of speculation from people like Nasser Hussain and others where they say that they believe that Darrell’s career is finished, that he’s compromised.”That’s not my wish, I hope we can find a way for him to continue.I would like Darrell Hair to continue umpiring in cricket matches at the top level.”Nampa-AFP

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