Aussie umpires initiate Hair r(a)ising protest

Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Lambasting the ICC for removing Darrell Hair from the match officials' panel, the News South Wales Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association (NSWCUSA) has accused the governing body of bowing to cash-rich Asian bloc and sacrificing law and values of the game.

Sydney Morning Herald reported that the body has also threatened to boycott sponsors of the International Cricket Council over its treatment of Hair.

According to the report, NSWCUSA executive officer Peter Hughes had written a strongly worded letter to ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed describing Hair's removal from the umpires' panel as ''travesty of justice'' and claming that the move would be a deterrent for aspiring umpires.

Mr Hughes also criticised ICC for clearing former Pakistani pacer Ata-ur-Rehman of the match fixing slur.

''Neither prospect bodes well for the future of international cricket,'' he wrote, accusing the ICC of obliging the powerful Asian Cricket Council, jettisoning laws and values of the game in the process.


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