Hair labels ICC chief a bully over umpire attack comments

MELBOURNE, March 9, 2009 (AFP) – Outspoken Australian umpire Darrell Hair labelled ICC chief Haroon Lorgat a bully Monday for telling officials caught in the Lahore attack to be “more rational” about their experience.

Australian umpires Simon Taufel and Steve Davis have complained that Pakistan failed to protect them when gunmen opened fire as they travelled behind the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore on February 2.

They have recounted feeling deserted by the security escort as they lay stranded on the floor of their van with their driver shot dead and a colleague wounded.

But International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Lorgat, the umpires’ boss, suggested on Sunday that they were overwrought and needed to reflect on events calmly.

“I am mindful of the experience they have gone through and I think it is a difficult time for them,” Lorgat told reporters in Sydney.

“I guess if you or I had gone through something we might have reacted in a similar fashion and I think we must just understand the context and we must just allow them to settle down and be more rational in their assessment of what has transpired.”

Hair reacted furiously in his capacity as head of the New South Wales Umpires a