Umpire makes Cricket Council racism claim

Controversial cricket umpire Darrell Hair’s race discrimination claims against the International Cricket Council (ICC) are being heard in the London Central Employment Tribunal today (1 October).

The Australian umpire unleashed a firestorm last year when he accused the Pakistani team of ball-tampering during the fourth test match against England at The Oval.

After allegations that Hair was racist and the ICC’s ruling that no ball-tampering had taken place, the ICC banned Hair from officiating in international matches, although he remains a member of its elite board of umpires.

Hair, in turn, accused the ICC of racism and in February filed a claim against it on the basis that fellow umpire Billy Doctrove, who is black, had no penalties imposed upon him (, 8 February). Hair argues that the ball-tampering decision was one reached jointly with Doctrove.

Hair has instructed Finers Stephens Innocent on his case, with head of employment Carolyn Brown leading. She has instructed Robert Griffiths QC of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. The ICC is being advised by Lewis Silkin, led by head of employment Michael Burd, who has instructed Michael Beloff QC of Blackstone Chambers.