Friday, March 21, 2008

Hair Set To Umpire England Games

The International Cricket Council says umpire Darrell Hair is likely to stand in England's Test series against New Zealand this summer.

Hair has returned to the ICC's Elite Panel of umpires earlier this week following a six-month period of rehabilitation.

The Australian was suspended from international cricket in November 2006 in the aftermath of the forfeited Test between England and Pakistan at The Oval.

Hair and fellow umpire Billy Doctrove awarded the match to England after Pakistan refused to return to the field following accusations of ball-tampering.

ICC general manager Dave Richardson told Sky Sports News:

"We've done appointments up until that series so the first real opportunity will be the England-New Zealand series.

"Both those teams actually rate Darrell Hair pretty highly, they have no problems with him, so it's likely that Darrell Hair will get an appointment in that series at some stage."

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