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Hair to change his earlier stand; to communicate with players

London, May 21 (UNI) Controversial Australian umpire Darrell Hair, who will make his return to international arena at Old Trafford this week, seems to have changed his earlier stand saying from now on he is ready to communicate and admitted that he is under some pressure after a long lay-off.

''What happens at international level is that you are purely judged on the number of correct decisions you make. I suppose one of the things that you focus on too much is trying to get things right and how other people are going to perceive your decisions if you make a mistake,'' Hair was quoted as saying by 'The Guardian'.

During the Oval Test between Pakistan and England in 2006, Hair had penalised 5 runs to visitors on the charges of ball tempering and then forfeited the match in favour of the hosts without explaining his decision to then captain Inzamam-ul Haq.

Following an inquiry, Hair was found guilty of making a wrong decision and was taken off from the ICC's elite panel of umpire's list.

He said the long lay-off has not dented his confidence claiming that he is ready to change his stance and is ready to communicate now.

''There's a lot of things we learned in the past and one of them was never (to) discuss your decisions or anything like that with players, but I think it's important that good umpires do let players know the reasons for a particular decision,'' he added.


Story first published: Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 16:48 [IST]
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