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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 September 2006, 16:19 GMT 17:19 UK
Pakistan 'vindicated' by verdict
Shaharyar Khan
Until his contract runs out in March we would not like to have Darrell Hair umpire our matches

Shaharyar Khan

Pakistan cricket chief Shaharyar Khan feels "totally vindicated" following the decision to exonerate captain Inzamam-ul-Haq of ball-tampering.

But Khan has reiterated Pakistan's desire that Australian umpire Darrell Hair should not officiate at future matches played by Inzamam's team.

He did not elaborate on why Pakistan had in the past put in requests for Hair not to officiate in matches.

But he added: "It was a time-bomb waiting to go off. It went off."

Khan said the not guilty verdict on the ball-tampering charge "had removed a slur on the good name of our team, and our country".

The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman went on: "It has also restored faith in the game of cricket.

"On this very sensitive issue of cheating... cheating, there has been a very clear verdict."

Umpire Hair was one of the central figures as Pakistan forfeited the fourth Test at The Oval in August.

And Pakistan hope to avoid him in the future, though he remains one of the International Cricket Council's elite umpires.

Khan said: "Until his contract runs out in March we would not like to have Darrell Hair umpire our matches.

"We have never raised any objection to any elite or international umpire. But we have asked the ICC - in the near future, please do not appoint Mr Hair. I don't think it's right.

"We have objected to him over a long period of time."

Khan said he felt "very aggrieved" about his team having to face Hair for four successive series leading up to the one in England.

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