Hair in big trouble for his conduct: Inzamam

Published: Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq today said Australian umpire Darrell Hair was in ''big trouble'' for accusing his team of ball-tampering in the forfeited Oval Test and for his conduct in the subsequent events.

''Darrell is in big trouble, I don't know why he is doing these things,'' Inzamam told Sky Sports, referring to the controversial match and the e-mails Hair sent to the ICC a few days later including the one in which he demanded 500,000 dollar compensation for quitting international umpiring.

He claimed Pakistan were ready to take the field after a delay following the tea interval on the fourth day, and were prepared to play even on the final day of the match.

''I was quite happy to play the game after half an hour -- and then the next day -- because we had launched our protest. I don't know why he was not interested in playing,'' Inzamam said.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board has written to the ICC demanding an inquiry into Hair's conduct in the Test before Inzamam's disciplinary hearing next month into charges of ball tampering and bringing the game into disrepute.

Inzamam also said he was confident that the hearing scheduled for the end of September will exonerate him of the twin charges.

''I'm sure 100 per cent because I have done nothing. That is why I am doing these things, because I know we are not guilty and that is why we take this stance,'' the 36-year-old from Multan said.

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