Darrell Hair: The Racist Cheater

August 21, 2006 | General

August 20 will go down as one of the darkest days of Test Cricket. It was day 4 of fourth and final Test between Pakistan and England. At the end of the 56th over, bowled by Danish Kaneria, Darrell Hair went over to Billy Doctrove and was seen pointing at the quarter seam. The fourth umpire, Trevor Jesty, then brought out a box of balls and the England batsmen, Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood, were allowed to choose the next one to be used, in accordance with the Laws.

Law 42.3 states that in “the event of any fielder changing the condition of the ball unfairly … the umpires shall award five penalty runs to the batting side.” The Law explains that it is “unfair for anyone to rub the ball on the ground for any reason, interfere with any of the seams on the surface of the ball, use any implement, or take any other action whatsoever which is likely to alter the condition of the ball.”

The only exceptions to this rule are polishing the ball, removing mud from it and drying a wet ball on a towel. Playing regulation 42.1.2 (b) for this series also says: “In the event that a ball has been interfered with and requires replacement the batsman at the wicket shall choose the replacement ball from a selection of six other balls of various degrees of usage (including a new ball) and of the same brand as in use prior to the contravention.”

To confirm that this had been the umpires’ decision to change the ball five runs were added to England’s total, which umpire Hair signalled by patting his right hand to his left shoulder. Soon afterwards, Bob Woolmer was seen marching towards the match referee’s office before returning to the dressing room where he talked to Waqar Younis.

Reported by Cricinfo, Inzamam-ul-Haq appeared visibly incensed during the ball change and though it isn’t clear what was said, Umar Gul was withdrawn from the attack thereafter. The incident caught the commentary team by surprise as well and Rameez Raja, the Pakistan expert on the team, sounded clearly upset. Others, including Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton stressed the hope that the umpires had actually spotted someone in the act of tampering with the ball rather than presuming that marks on the ball indicated that it must have been tampered with. There is no TV footage of anything untoward being done to ball.

The whole fiasco raised a burning question, does Darrel Hair had any evidence of ball tampering? If yes, then why he had not pointed the culprit out? and if no, then his accusation was meant for the whole pakistani team. This is something to be taken seriously. Although Inzamam and his men came back to field after diplomatic efforts by Pakistani and English cricket board officials, I personally believe that they should not continue the series until and unless Darrell Hair publicly appologize for his obviously racist attitude.

The commentators were over-cautious of what’s coming out from them, on air, as noted by Sudhamshu:

Every comment that came out of any commentator’s mouth was thought over a hundred times, because of the recent bomb threat in the UK airport. As a few people of Pakistani origin were supposed to be behind that, everyone wanted to make sure that the match was being played in the right “spirit” and no love was lost between the teams. They knew that with the under-current feelings of racism would be sprouted by media sooner or later.

Note: Title of this post is credited to Teeth Maestro’s post at KMB

Update: Darrell Hair (just like his racist buddy Dean Jones) sent back home and the Test is called off. (CricInfo)

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Comments (19)


  1. Abrar says:

    This guy has a history of being a racist and a cheater. The fact that ICC has been endorsing this refree tent amounts on ICC endorsing racism and cheating in this age and day. A very sad day for cricket itself … no more a gentlemans game.

  2. Kashif Aziz says:

    Yeah, this is fist incident of its kind in 128 years of Test Cricket.

  3. Rob McDonald says:

    As an Aussie, I am ashamed at Darrel Hair’s disgraceful decision. Pakistan are right to take the action that they took, I would have done the same thing if I were the captain.

    Most Australians still believe that Murali is a chucker, no matter how many times he has been cleared. These sorts of accusations are highly defamatory, and no amount of PR or can stop the mud from sticking. Darrel Hair of all people, should understand the ramifications of his actions, and yet he still chose to do it without any evidence.

  4. Beau Peep says:

    Hair is not a cheater in the strictest of terms. Actually he is an Aussie saboteur planned and planted by Cricket Australia in ICC to make sure that a few things happen their way. I have explained why I think so here in my post.

  5. Jawed Ali says:

    Hair is another austrailian with big filthy mouth and biased behavior. His country man Dean Jones, the former Australia Test batsman turned TV commentator, has been sacked by his employers, Ten Sports, after being heard calling South African player Hashim Amla a ‘terrorist’ on live television during the fourth day’s play between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Colombo.


    One thing I want to share that we going away from the real issue i.e. why Hair accused Pakistan of cheating without any proof. Match forfiet or loose or draw isn’t important now. Hair should be fired or sacked from the elite panel, he doesn’t deserve that place. We should unite and say in one voice, he has be biased against all Asian teams.

  6. Kashif Aziz says:

    @Rob: Thanks for your sentiments.

    @Beau Peep: Hmmm… You have got an interesting theory there :)

    @Jawed: So far it seems that Hair has the upper hand and Inzi may be banned for next few matches, unless PCB puts its full support behind him.

    Say NO to Racism.

  7. Tom says:

    Hair is not a racist. If he was, it would be more likely to be reflected in LBWs or other 50-50 decisions, not headling grabbing issues like throwing or ball tampering. I’m yet to see any stats supporting this.

    Abdul Qadir lost his job at PTV two years ago because of ball tampering insinuations. Is he a racist too? What about Doctrove, who supported Hair’s decision? Maybe Pakistan should deal with its own problems before throwing accusations around at others.

  8. M Babar says:

    Umpire Darrell Hair will definitely not figure in the good books of any cricket playing nation from Asia (Indian Sub-continent to be precise). First, it was his bold move to call 7 No-Balls to the deliveries bowled by Sri Lankan spinner Mutthiah Muralitharan, labelling him as a “Chucker”. He had heated exchanges with the Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga who threatened to walk off. Second, was an incident with Saurav Ganguly who was chided for looking at replays of an incorrect lbw decision by himself. He was told, “That screen is not for you, its for the crowd.” Third, was when he banned Danish Kaneria from bowling, because he entered the “Danger Area” on the pitch too many times after many warnings. Kaneria swore he wasnt warned.

  9. Tom says:

    And he clashed with Gary Kirsten over what the South African felt were repeatedly unfair LBW calls. And he incorrectly gave Craig McDermott out caught behind against the West Indies costing Australia the match and the series.

    Were these racist decisions as well?

    Be very careful before you throw around words like racist. From where I stand, it just seems to be a convenient way to dismiss legitimate criticism.

    There were two umpires out there. Is Doctrove also a racist?

  10. Ibby Khan says:

    Darrell Hair is a downright Racist and a white supremist. I also Wasim Akram was right last year when he said ICC is also racist.

    Darrell Hair cost us the last 2 test matches. in the third test was he blind by not giving Kevin Peterson out caught behind when everybody in the stadium including the commentators saw it was clearly out. Micheal Holding rightly said he was 100% sure Peterson was out from the commentary box.

    What do we expect from these Aussies. Dean Jones only last week called the South African Hashim Amla a terrorist. Darren Lehman called a Sri Lankan a black ****. I can go on and on.

  11. Tom says:

    Thats just great Ibby. Just ignore all criticism from all Australians because we’re all such racists. If you’d ever actually been to Australia, you’d know that there are a hell of a lot of Indians, Pakistanis, and Sri Lankans over here too, most of whom have never encountered racism in Australia in their lives.

    Not every umpire gets every decision right. I’ve already given examples of where Hair got other critical decisions wrong. This doesn’t make him a bad umpire. Its entirely expected for an umpire with such a long career.

    Of course, Doctrove has made mistakes involving Pakistan before, such as the first test against the West Indies in 2000. He also failed to give Cook out in the third test for a clear inside edge. So presumably on this evidence he would be just as much a racist as Darrell Hair.

    Its very, very bad to call an individual a racist on the basis of decisions they’ve given in a cricket match. Its even more destructive and hypocritical to then apply that to the entire nation that individual represents. In case you’ve forgotten the definition of racism, Ibby, its when one unfairly judges an opinion or person on the basis of race or nationality. You are unfairly judging all Australians based on the statements of their countrymen. The only racism being exhibited thus far is by yourself.

  12. Imran says:

    All white umpires are racist, even if subconsciously. We must get rid of them all so the sub-continent can win. For that matter the Caribbean umpires seem to also be bias. Must be some sort of hatred of their own colour. We must get rid of them too.

    And rename this article “Whities: The Racist Cheaters”

  13. bilal hidayat says:

    hair is a racist cheater yes. he subtracted 4 runs off salman butt coz he thought he was running on the pitch when camera showed he didnt. actions against danish kaneria and murli, more than 15 dicisions of lbw’s that i remember went against pakistan coz of that sucker….well he’s a big looser, racist, fat ass, motherfucker (add on few more buddies) and MUST MUST MUST be removed from umpiring penal and should be put in ICC’s penus

  14. babar khan says:

    yaar i think ………hair …… dean jones …daren lehman…and all aussies are same they all do slaging and bad things which does hurt peoples feeling and diginity …….moreover ifeel pakistan should not paly until or unless darrel hair should be ban

  15. My Conscience says:

    I am a Pakistani, I’m furious just like every other Pakistani but I don’t think Darrell Hair is a racist. I think he is a foolish umpire that lets his emotions over-ride his better judgement.

    Looking at the current uproar, I cannot say for certain if he is an honest umpire either. If he is willing to retire in “exchange” for US$500,000, who’s to say he would not be willing to (or have been willing in the past) to give lbw’s, no-balls, run-outs, chucking allegations, etc, etc, in exchange for a little financial renumeration. That’s something to think about.

  16. Joseph says:

    Hey guys, dont forget to visit this website:


    It is dedicated to controversies by this umpire, alot of background information from neutral sources and it site even lets u protest directly to ICC in couple of clicks! lets get rid of this guy!

  17. Ruchira Perera says:

    i perfectly agree with all allegations levied against him. once he no balled Murali & now forfeited a match, which Pakistan could have otherwise won. He seems to be a man who will do anything for money. May be he called Murali, because some racist aussie promised to give him some dollars. In future also, there is no guarantee that he will not call a subcontinenet bowler or forfeit a game should some one offer him few dollars.

    Come on Darrel Hair, the racist cheater & fellow racist aussies for self destructing themselves.

  18. Sherwin Gomes says:

    I think the time has come for the ICC to say to Mr. Darrell Hair
    “Enough is Enough”
    For him to even think that the ICC is “Racist” let alone insulting
    this great Headquarters(The place where he bloated up his egoistic
    self feeding on the ICC’s mistake of letting him into their inner sanctum) shows the true character of the man.
    He is nothing short of an ARROGANT VILLAIN and deserves to be
    dispatched like a ball which sails over the Melbourne Pavillion hit by
    the ICC chief.(bowler??? Aussie Cricket Board)
    ICC take courage the whole right-minded cricketing fraternity is with
    you. We will not allow you to be disgraced by these warped individuals
    who think that they are bigger than the Game.
    And also be extra careful with the people you invite home
    they come in(all bowing,hat-in-hand),the engorge themselves with you food(see how much he has earned),
    they defecate in your parlour(see how much acrimony he has spread around the cricket world),and later tell the world that you were unfair to them(How about that letter demanding 50’000/=smackers,and now the court action.)


  19. JOC says:

    I was going to comment on your article but the article and the comments published here are generally such purile claptrap that I dont want to demean my self except to say, like the africans who blame all their ills and colonialism and apartheid and never take responsibility for their own actions, you and your correspondents are in the same league. When all reason and common sense fails, resort to the rascist card!!
    You are the biggest rascists of all.

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