Darrel Hair all set to umpire Champions Trophy

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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000 dollar from the ICC to step down from the Elite International Panel of Umpires Meanwhile, after some initial controversy, the appointment of umpires for the Ashes is also going ahead smoothly with Cricket Australia (CA) announcing that neutral umpires will stand in the much-anticipated series.

The decision rules out the possibility of ICC's Umpire of the Year for the past two years, Simon Taufel, who belongs to New South Wales, as a possible appointment for the series.

''While we understand there are some people wanting the top two umpires in the world, we are firmly committed to the neutral umpire system and have no plans at all to push for change,'' CA spokesman Peter Young told the 'Herald Sun'.

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