London: Under-fire Australian umpire Darrell Hair has apologised to his friends and supporters for letting them down by sending an "ill-advised" e-mail offering a conditional resignation to the International Cricket Council.
Hair, while standing his ground on the pay-off issue with the ICC, felt sorry for the fact that he allowed others to question his motives.
"I wish to apologise to all my family, friends and supporters, because I somehow feel that I may have let them down, simply by sending an ill-advised but entirely confidential e-mail," Hair was quoted as saying by Cricinfo.
Hair had e-mailed ICC demanding $500,000 to quit as Elite Panel umpire.
"That has given other people the opportunity to question my motives," he added.
Hair said he was grateful to his supporters for standing by him during the controversy.
"I firstly want to thank my friends and family for their support. In addition, I want to thank so many supporters from around the world, for their support in huge numbers. I am both stunned and gratified by those messages from people I've never even met," he said.