Umpire Darrell Hair has no fear of fallout
DARRELL Hair has no reservations about his likely return to international umpiring and believes there will be no fallout from his clash with the International Cricket Council.
Speaking for the first time about this week’s settlement with the ICC, which he accused of racial discrimination, Hair is confident of resuming his Test match career next year.
He was sacked by the ICC board last November after the forfeited fourth Test between England and Pakistan at The Oval in which he accused Pakistan of ball tampering.
Hair’s case for reinstatement will go before an ICC board meeting in March.
A condition of the settlement is for Hair to do a “rehabilitation” course, which he is happy to comply with.
“From a personal development point of view I don’t have any problems with it,” Hair said.
“I was always wanting to do a management course anyway after cricket. It is nothing that I haven’t already thought of.
“I am happy with the outcome so far but there is a lot of work to be done before we get to the best result possible. The chance is obviously there (to umpire again) and we will take it step by step.
“The best-possible scenario would be after the ICC board meeting in March but some work needs to be done on both sides. (ICC president) Ray Mali said he would be happy for me to umpire tomorrow.”
It had been rumoured Hair’s desire to continue umpiring had waned as a result of the drama but he said he would be committed to continuing his career if given the green light.
“I have often said that that’s what I do best and there are no reservations,” he said.
“I went into this because I wanted my name cleared. I didn’t really know what the final outcome would be. I wanted people to understand I was not the bad guy.”
Hair was rated the ICC’s No. 2 umpire when he was sacked and support for him has grown substantially, particularly in Australia.
Hair said he did not expect there would be any fallout from his likely return.