Hair apologises for sending ~~ill-advised~~ mail

Published: Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Controversial Australian umpire Darrell Hair has apologised to his friends and supporters for sending the ''cash-for-resignation'' e-mail to the International Cricket Council (ICC).

''I wish to apologise to all my family, friends and supporters, because I somehow feel that I may have let them down, simply by sending an ill-advised but entirely confidential e-mail,'' Hair, who had demanded 500,000 dollars compensation from the ICC for quiting international umpiring after the ball-tampering row, was quoted as saying by The Times today.

''That has given other people the opportunity to question my motives,'' he added.

Hair said he was grateful to his supporters for standing by him during the controversy.

''I firstly want to thank my friends and family for their support. In addition, I want to thank so many supporters from around the world, for their support in huge numbers. I am both stunned and gratified by those messages from people I've never even met.'' Hair had earlier rebutted ICC's version of the e-mail story, claiming he'd been involved in negotiations for his resignation prior to him sending the e-mail with a list of his conditions, including the compensation demand.

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