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December 14, 2006
Australian umpire Darrell Hair perhaps hogged headlines more than any cricketer in 2006 after accusing Inzamam-ul Haq's Pakistan team of ball-tampering in the fourth Test against England at the Oval.

The Pakistan team refused to take the field after Hair and fellow umpire Billy Doctrove penalised the Pakistanis five runs and changed the ball. The match was later deemed forfeited by Pakistan.

An International Cricket Council inquiry, headed by ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle, later cleared the Pakistan captain of ball-tampering charges although it banned Inzy for four one-day internationals for bringing the game into disrepute.

Hair had already been embroiled in controversy when the ICC revealed that he had offered to retire in exchange for $500,000. The Pakistan Cricket Board made it clear it did not want him involved in any more of its games.

After not selecting him to officiate at the Champions Trophy, the ICC announced that Hair would no longer officiate in international matches.

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Image: Darrell Hair addresses the media on day two of the ICC disciplinary hearing in London, September 28.

Text: Ivan Crasto and Deepti Patwardhan. Photograph: Tom Shaw/Getty Images
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