'Pakistan cricketers are cheats, frauds and liars'

Published: Monday, September 27, 2010, 11:18 [IST]
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'Pak players are cheats, frauds, liars'

Darrell Hair, former Australian Test umpire has labeled the Pakistani crickets as “cheats, frauds and liars" following the recent ball tampering allegations against fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar in the final ODI of the Natwest series in England.

He held the ICC responsible for not taking appropriate action against Akhtar, despite having 'pictorial" evidence against the bowler which was published in a particular English tabloid.

Hair has stood in 78 Tests and 135 ODI's as umpire. He was forced into retirement after accusing Pakistan of ball tampering, to which the Pakistani players had protested by staying in their dressing rooms after the tea break for a brief period. Following the incident, Hair went on to retire in 2008.

Hair made these allegations after reports of deliberate slow playing emerged in an English Tabloid, based on which the ICC decided to conduct an investigation into the matter. Of course, in retaliation, the chairman of the PCB alleged the English players of taking 'enormous" amounts of bribes to throw away the Oval ODI.

The ECB and the English players, infuriated at the accusations, have now demanded compensation from the PCB, along with an apology from Ijaz Butt and the PCB.


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