Cricket riven by scandal
August 25, 2006 11:04 PM Subscribe
Umpire offers to quit for cash payment.
Cricket has been gripped by a scandal that started at The Oval cricket ground
It started with an accusation of ball tampering
by one of the match umpires, Darryl Hair, during a match between Pakistan and England. Hair awarded England 5 runs and changed the ball, which is the sanction in the laws. Pakistan then refused to play, forfeiting the match.
Ball tampering is an emotive issue
for Pakistan, as is Darryl Hair who has previously been accused of bias against teams from the Indian subcontinent (i.e. racism).
In a bizarre twist, Hair has now offered to resign as an umpire
, in return for a massive cash payment. It shows the regard in which he is held, that his bosses decided to publicise this. It seems unlikely he will ever stand in a test match again.
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