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    Court bid to stop umpire

    Found this on Foxsports.com.au

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    Court bid to stop umpire
    By Roger Martin
    January 10, 2003

    A SRI Lankan-born Australian said he would go to the High Court to stop Darrell Hair from officiating in games involving spinner Muttiah Muralitharan after the Federal Court refused to ban the umpire from taking to the field.


    Viji De Alwis claims Hair is biased against Muttiah Muralitharan because the umpire wrote a book in which he described the spinner's action as diabolical. Mr De Alwis says Hair's fairness, judgment and balance have to be called into question.

    "Justice must not only be done, but undoubtedly and manifestly be seen to be done," Mr De Alwis told the Federal Court yesterday.

    "By saying what (Hair) said in his autobiography, he has disqualified himself."

    Hair no-balled Muralitharan seven times in three overs during the 1995 Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. In his autobiography, released in 1998, Hair said he would have no hesitation in no-balling the off-spinner again.

    Although Hair has umpired in Sri Lankan games this summer, Muralitharan has been absent due to injury.

    The spinner returned to action against Australia at the SCG yesterday, but Hair's only role in the match was as the television umpire.

    Mr De Alwis claimed Hair had breached the disability discrimination provisions of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Act by no-balling Muralitharan.

    Muralitharan has a deformity in his right arm that prevents him from fully straightening it, which can give the impression he is throwing the ball.

    But Federal Court judge Robert French refused to grant the injunction, and labelled the action as "nonsensical".

    "My view on having read these papers is it is a complete and utter waste of time," Justice French said. "Nobody's time should be wasted dealing with nonsense just because it appears on a court form."

    Outside the court, Mr De Alwis vowed to appeal the ruling and take his fight to the High Court if necessary.

    Mr De Alwis has previously given legal advice to the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka, but said he was taking this action simply as a spectator and supporter of the team.

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    Mr De Alwis claimed Hair had breached the disability discrimination provisions of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Act by no-balling Muralitharan.

    Muralitharan has a deformity in his right arm that prevents him from fully straightening it, which can give the impression he is throwing the ball.
    Hmmmmmmmm.................debateable at best. An umpire is there to decide on the legality of a bowler's action and if he decides it's doubtful, he has an obligation to report it. It's not as if an umpire can just no-ball bowlers without warning anymore. The action has been passed as fair BUT, the umpire has to keep an eye on it. I mean, the action isn't ALWAYS going to fair (like for all bowlers) just like a pilot's eyesight isn't ALWAYS going to be good enough to fly. If an employer then stood-down a pilot, would they be culpable under the same acts? I think not...........

    I think this guy is just worried that Hair will call Murali without warning. I don't think he'd dare, really. If he did, he'd be mightly stupid because he'd be in opposition to the findings of an independent study which acknowledged in its report that there was no way an umpire could tell at full-speed whether he was chucking or not and that the appearance of chucking was an optical illusion. He'd be WAY out of line.
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    yeah well im gonna say i dont think he could scramble the seame thatmuch and get that much trun if it was not for his deformity
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    but he cant help the way his arm is. you cant tell him to change his arm because he gets so much turn. just the way it is.
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    well thats tough its an unfair advantage for him to have,also his arm seems to be straight when he accepts his man of the match award

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    LOL Sas.

    Some little nobody looking for a bit of attention if you ask me.

    Should never have made the press.
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    DONT get me started on Murali's action. But this is a bit worrying for umpiring if they cannot give their own opinion for fear of being sued, or criticized or banned because of it.

    Surely though, if he has a disability in the most vital part of his anatomy for bowling, should he be playing top flight cricket??
    I dont intend this to flare up into a Murali action thread/should he be banned/would it be racist etc. I just disagree with the whole thing, Imagine if he became leading test wicket taker of all time or something, it would be a bit unfair seeing as he gets an advantage with the action . Thats the last word on this from me, sorry if i have offended anyone!
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    Originally posted by Langeveldt
    DONT get me started on Murali's action. But this is a bit worrying for umpiring if they cannot give their own opinion for fear of being sued, or criticized or banned because of it.

    Surely though, if he has a disability in the most vital part of his anatomy for bowling, should he be playing top flight cricket??
    I dont intend this to flare up into a Murali action thread/should he be banned/would it be racist etc. I just disagree with the whole thing, Imagine if he became leading test wicket taker of all time or something, it would be a bit unfair seeing as he gets an advantage with the action . Thats the last word on this from me, sorry if i have offended anyone!
    Like Glenn McGrath gets an advantage from being tall?
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    By being tall and bowling quickly and accurately, Glenn McGrath is doing nothing wrong (discount what he says to the batsmen afterwards!) Chucking is wrong , and unfortunately Murali has no way of stopping himself from doing it.
    Plus i said I would say nothing more on the subject! :rolleyes:

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    theres no limit on how tall u are,but there is on how u bend arm and straightened it lets face it if people get away with that theres gonna be a new type of spin bowlers popping up called bentarmers

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    Originally posted by Langeveldt
    Imagine if he became leading test wicket taker of all time or something, it would be a bit unfair seeing as he gets an advantage with the action .
    it's not if but when he becomes leading wicket taker!!!!!!!
    & with that sort of physical advantage the record he will set may not be broken for a very very long long time!!!!!



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    Originally posted by Langeveldt
    DONT get me started on Murali's action. But this is a bit worrying for umpiring if they cannot give their own opinion for fear of being sued, or criticized or banned because of it.

    Surely though, if he has a disability in the most vital part of his anatomy for bowling, should he be playing top flight cricket??
    I dont intend this to flare up into a Murali action thread/should he be banned/would it be racist etc. I just disagree with the whole thing, Imagine if he became leading test wicket taker of all time or something, it would be a bit unfair seeing as he gets an advantage with the action . Thats the last word on this from me, sorry if i have offended anyone!
    If a player is good enough then even if he has a disability (I have dispraxia, would that count me out?) should he not still play? His action is within the rules, so he plays, it's quite fair really.
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    Originally posted by anzac
    it's not if but when he becomes leading wicket taker!!!!!!!
    & with that sort of physical advantage the record he will set may not be broken for a very very long long time!!!!!
    :ticking:
    There will never be another Murali, his action and defected elbow added to the flexibility of his wrists...I don't think anyone else will get all of these conditions together, or at least anyone who will play cricket in my opinion. A set of circumstances came together and created Murali. It would be quite scary if the process happened again.

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    Anyway, enough of Murali, on to the main topic. Didn't Hair just umpire in the match? I didn't hear of any problems...

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    hell we could even get into the debate regarding the advantages of 'fast twitch' muscle fibre & hyper extendable joints for fast bowlers etc......


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