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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 November 2006, 17:32 GMT
Hair voted best umpire by Wisden
Darrell Hair
Hair penalised Pakistan for ball-tampering in August
Sacked Test umpire Darrell Hair has been voted Umpire of the Season by readers of Wisden Cricketer magazine.

Hair won 34% of votes in the magazine's annual poll despite his dismissal over his role in the forfeited Test between England and Pakistan in August.

The Australian was removed from the panel of elite umpires in the aftermath of accusing Pakistan of ball-tampering.

Hair said: "It's a shock but if free-thinking people want to vote that way it's a great vote of confidence."

The 54-year-old has stood in 62 Tests and 111 one-day internationals, but is now facing an uncertain future.

Cricket Australia have said he would be welcome to umpire there, but that may not be a practical option as he now lives in England.

Last summer he was on the reserve list of officials for first-class cricket in England and recent reports have claimed he could be promoted to regular duty on the county circuit next summer.



SEE ALSO
Pakistan celebrate Hair decision
05 Nov 06 |  Cricket
Hair barred from internationals
04 Nov 06 |  Cricket
Hair 'guessed' at ball-tampering
29 Sep 06 |  Pakistan
Test abandoned after ball dispute
20 Aug 06 |  The Ashes


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