My attitude won't change much: Hair

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> The Australian umpire says his attitude to umpiring won't change much after he was sacked for his handling of the Oval Test and then reinstated.

Updated: March 20, 2008 12:20 IST
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After winning back his position in the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires, Darrell Hair has made it clear that his umpiring attitude will not change drastically but admitted that he has been learning a few things to improve his communication.

Hair said he spent "stressful" days since his dumping from the panel in November 2006.

"Well it caused me a lot of stress, I suppose it caused a lot of people some stress along the way. The laws now have been changed to take those decisions out of the hands of the umpires and I fully support the way that that's going to happen in future.

"So, it's time to move on," Hair told Sydney radio 2KY, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Hair said his new innings would focus on better communication on field.

"Every day in life you like to pick up something and move forward, so I won't say my whole attitude to umpiring has changed but I think I have picked up a few things that are going to be very helpful to me in the future.

"Probably just having a broader understanding of what everybody else is thinking and the old communication issue of making sure that what you say and what you want is understood by the other people," Hair said.

The controversial Australian, who officiated in ICC Associate matches after being ousted from the elite panel, said he would look to get more involved in on-field proceedings after resuming his job.

"I've always been a little bit stand-offish in that I've always preferred to let them play the game themselves and only get involved when things go overboard but maybe there's a case to be made for a little bit more work in that area," Hair said.

The Australian's re-reinstatement evoked sharp criticism from Pakistan cricket fraternity but Hair said he was not concerned with others' views and wants to concentrate on his job only.

"No I've got no comment on anyone else's reaction really. I'm just going to look after my own patch and go out there and umpire the matches that I'm appointed to and do that to the best of my ability which is what I've always done," he said.

Hair was removed from the ICC's Elite panel after the Oval Test fiasco, when Pakistan became the first team to forfeit a Test.

Pakistan had refused to return to the field in protest after being penalised for alleged ball tampering and England being awarded five extra runs.

PCB officials have made it clear that they do not want Hair to officiate any international match, involving their country.

However the 55-year-old Hair said he had no problems if he is asked to officiate in Pakistan matches.

"Part of my contract is that I'm available now to umpire Test matches and one-day internationals. Now whether that (umpiring in Pakistan) is going to happen I think you'll need to ask the people who make the appointments," he said.

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