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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Umpire Hair Needs Support

David Kelly was a specialist doing his job to a high standard, who tried to stand against the tide of the Iraq War. To his logical mind, Britain was being sent to war to remove WMD from Iraq which he knew were not there. He tried to do something to stop the war. The people in power had decided to get the war going regardless, and anyone and anything that stood in their way would be eliminated. Kelly paid the price.

Darrell Hair, like Kelly, is a specialist doing his job, and he's also tried to stand against the tide. Umpiring to him is about following the rules and applying them to the circumstances, as does a scientist like David Kelly. Kelly saw that the information he was passing to others was being misapplied. Hair sees that his decisions to apply the rules of the game of cricket are being attacked.

India and Pakistan are angry that Britain and Australia control the game, as in money terms cricket is far bigger in the sub-continent. They are challenging the duopoly, and Britain and Australia are trying to hold on. There is huge money in cricket especially in betting. What's a little ball tampering got to do with it, when millions are riding on the result?

Kelly stood up against the might of The Pentagon. Hair is standing against a wall of money, as he's tried to preserve the standards of cricket - the game he loves.

Like Kelly, he knows that the forces he's standing against are very powerful, and he's looking for a way out. Like Saddam and Iraq, cricket looks doomed. For evil to triumph.......etc

3 comments:

John East said...

I agree that honourable individuals perhaps like Darrell Hair are bastions against corruption and falling standards.

He should have said that the match was abandoned because the Pakistanis refused to take to the field, and that the ball tampering incident was irrelevant as far as this decision was concerned. That's all he needed to do.

Unfortunately, the announcement by the ICC that Hair offered to resign for $500,000 totally destroyed Hair's credibility in the eyes of the world. Some political battle was presumably going on behind the scenes otherwise the ICC wouldn't have stabbed Hair in the back.

Whatever is behind all this, to those of us in the dark, Hair seems to have dug his own grave.

tapestry said...

If Hair believed he was being set up as the fall guy for the cricket money men, with all the professionals sniffing the dollars, then he was, in my view justified in becoming a rat leaving the sinking ship.

He is clearly not a politician, but a simple guy. If he had stood his ground and only argued on principles, he could have become a heroic figure. But I still don't see that he has done anything wrong other then communicate via email!

Praguetory said...

Tapestry - you're bang on. I've blogged about this too. Hair enforced the law. His decision to resign is precipitated by Pakistan's unfair refusal to accept his direction making his position untenable in any case. It is the reprehensible actions of Speed in revealing confidential e-mails that had no bearing on the key charge which is the worst part of this story. It is a disgusting incident and I hope Hair sucessfully sues the ICC for breach of privacy and constructive dismissal.