Hair withdraws racial discrimination claim

Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2007, 16:39 [IST]
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Test match umpire Darrell Hair withdrew his claim for racial discrimination against the International Cricket Council at a London employment tribunal.

The Australian had taken world cricket's governing body to the tribunal claiming he had been racially discriminated against after being effectively barred from officiating in Test matches following last year's controversial England-Pakistan match at The Oval.

The Test became the first in history to be won by forfeit after Pakistan refused to resume playing after being penalised for ball tampering by Australian Hair and his fellow umpire, the West Indian Billy Doctrove.

Hair had claimed he was a victim of racial discrimination because, while he has not been allowed to officiate in Tests since the incident, Doctrove has been able to continue his top-level career.

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