New Delhi: Controversial Australian Umpire Darrell Hair will return to umpiring in Tests and ODIs after the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided he had successfully completed a six-month rehabilitation period.
However, former Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Shahryar Khan and former skipper Inzamamul Haq expressed shock over Hair's reinstatement.
"It has come as a shocker to me. Especially after all that happened in the Oval test and afterwards. What more proof they required (that) Hair was not fit to stand in international matches," Inzamam said.
Hair has not stood in a major match since the Oval Test between England and Pakistan in 2006 when he and Billy Doctrove had penalised Pakistan for ball-tampering.
Inzamam was the captain of the Pakistan team and his team did not take to the field on the fourth day to protest the tampering charges. Hair and Doctrove then decided Pakistan had forfeited the Test.
An ICC adjudicator later cleared Pakistan of ball tampering charges but banned Inzamam for four matches for misconduct while submitting a negative report about Hair, which led to his ouster from the Elite Panel of umpires.
After major outcries of racism, the ICC had to remove Hair from officiating in any games involving full-member nations.
Hair has been in constant trouble with sub-continent nations for his umpiring decisions.
Both Sri Lanka and Pakistan have earlier refused to play with Hair officiating.