"I don't know what's going on out there"
That's exactly what Fred Trueman
would have said, were he alive, after a day that saw drama suddenly pop up in the evening, much like it had last Sunday evening
Just when the ICC was faced with the need to act fast on hearing the charges against Inzamam
, a shocking revelation by ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed has rocked the boat, big-time
Malcolm Speed revealed that Darrell Hair had offered to quit as an umpire
for a one-off settlement of US $500,000. i.e. he'd offered to take money to not umpire
, as opposed to taking money to not play well
Subsequently, as the emails dated August 22nd
2006 reveal, he did back down on his protest, but only to the extent that the offer could be revised in the light of racism claims.
So what does this amount to? Is he accepting that his actions were not right
? Could this set a precedent now? The next time an umpire gets into a controversy, will he do the same thing, i.e. offer to quit on payment of a huge sum? Isn't Hair in breach of any ICC code of conduct?
Labels: ball tampering, hair, oval 2006