Top Cricket Umpires in the world
Darrell Bruce Hair, born on 1952 in Mudgee, New South Wales, is also famously known as Darrell Hair. Hair umpired in his first Test match in January 1992, between Australia and India in Adelaide. In a 1995 match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Melbourne, he no balled Muttiah Muralitharan seven times in three overs for throwing. He had officiated at 78 International tests with 139 ODIs. On the fourth day of the fourth Test between England and Pakistan in 2006 at The Oval, Hair and fellow umpire, Billy Doctrove, ruled that the Pakistani team had been involved in ball tampering. They awarded five penalty runs to England and offered them a replacement ball. In protest, the Pakistani players refused to take the field after the tea break. Later, an ICC board meeting discussed his actions in that Test match and it was decided he should not umpire matches involving the test playing nations. On 22 August 2008, Hair handed in his resignation to the ICC in order to take up a coaching role.