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Hair-raising cricket

August 22, 2006

Darrell Hair, the burly Australian at the centre of the ball tampering row which led to Pakistan forfeiting the fourth Test against England, has endured a fraught relationship with Asian teams throughout his 14 years as a Test umpire.

Hair, 53, a former fast bowler in Sydney grade cricket, no-balled Sri Lanka off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan seven times for throwing in three overs on the opening day of the second Test against Australia in Melbourne in 1995.

Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga responded by leading his team off the field.

When they finally returned, Ranatunga switched Muralitharan to the other end where he was not called by Steve Dunne. Hair received death threats and did not stand in the 1996 World Cup in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Photographs: Getty Images | Text: Reuters

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