"As expected, the ICC has confirmed that Darrell Hair will not be asked to stand in any international matches involving Pakistan."
Ahhh so Darrell Hair will not be umpiring Pakistan matches.
This is crap.
I hate it when people choose to do something because it's easy as opposed to choosing what's right and having to deal with the consequences. How can this outcome be acceptable?
The ICC people said it's because of the extreme scrutiny and criticism he will face if making a bad decision against Pakistan, but the incident at the Oval wasn't about making a bad decision, it was about accusing them of blatant cheating.
Surely most people (except maybe the Kiwis) can accept that there is a margin of error (kill the ref!). If he's not biased he'd be within that margin. If he's outside that margin, he's a shoddy umpire and should be fired, anyway.
Oh! But he's promised to improve his communication skills. Jeez, why didn't he say? So now it's all ok! Yeah, whatever Dazza. It's all so depressing really. Oh well, I suppose Pakistan are pleased they won't have to deal with him, even if they're annoyed he's been allowed out of his cage at all.
Elsewhere, dear Suave has predicted a comfortable win for his England in the third test. Hop over (only for a few minutes, then come back) to read his preview.
Is it all over for Kevin Pietersen? I don't think so. I think that's wishful thinking. Unless he's dropped before it happens, he will come up to scratch again... eventually. If not, I'm sure England will have him.
I wonder if, by some strange string of happenings, KP and Grazza Smith were in each other's shoes, would the world hate Graeme as much if he played for England? It's a strange thought, because Poms hate KP (unless he's winning matches for them, then they tolerate him) as it is. Imagine the possibilities, imagine the hatred oozing, imagine this world gone topsy-turvy!
Anyway, whether you believe in the Resurrection, the Easter bunny or Adam Gilchrist, happy Easter to all and sundry, and remember to drive safely.
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- Steph Broad and the doom of cricket
- Glenn McGrath: still useful
- The empire strikes back...
- "I come hither to die"
- New Zealand are great
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- Like feeding time at the zoo...
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