23 Aug 2008

Hair loss for ICC, gain for Australia

11:06 am on 23 August 2008

The controversial Australian cricket umpire Darrell Hair has resigned from the International Cricket Council elite umpires panel.

Hair was only reinstated this year for two Tests between England and New Zealand, following controversy at The Oval in 2006.

He was removed from the umpires panel for matches involving full member nations after Pakistan forfeited the fourth Test against England when they were penalised for ball tampering.

Hair's set to take up an umpire coaching job in Australia.

And in more cricket controversy, the Champions Trophy hosts Pakistan expect New Zealand, England and Australia to join South Africa and withdraw from next month's tournament due to security fears.

South Africa pulled out of the eight-nation tournament late last night.

This morning their cricketers were bowled out by England in the first one day international in Leeds.

England won by 20 runs, inspired by their South African-born skipper Kevin Pietersen, who scored 90 not out then claimed two wickets for 22 from five overs.