|Player:||Wasim Akram, Inzamam-ul-Haq, DB Hair|
DateLine: 21st September 2006
Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram on Wednesday said Australian umpire Darrell Hair should also be penalized if Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is banned for his role in the Oval Test fiasco.
Inzamam is due to face an International Cricket Council (ICC) code of conduct hearing in London on September 27 and 28 and faces a possible ban on charges of ball tampering and bringing the game into disrepute.
The former left arm fast bowler said: “Hair has not only been a controversial umpire now but he has been controversial in the past as well, and I think he should also be penalized if Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq is banned. It was an unnecessary stand-off at Oval and although Pakistan’s protest was wrongly prolonged, Inzamam had led his team to the field and it was the umpires, especially Hair, who did not want to start the match,” said Wasim. “Why is only Inzamam appearing before the court and why is he only charged for bringing the game into disrepute? Hair should also face a hearing.”
Wasim said Hair was rude and had previously called Pakistani players “monkeys”.
“He (Hair) is a rude sort of person and in 1995 he called Pakistani players monkeys for continuously jumping in appeal and as a captain I took strong notice of that and protested over it,” said Wasim.