Many current umpires suspect Muralis action: Hair

Melbourne: Controversial former umpire Darrell Hair has claimed that many of the current officials suspect Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan`s action but do not want to call him in matches for the fear of creating a furore.

Hair, who called Muralitharan for suspect action back in 1995, said many of the current umpires feel the same about the Lankan but prefer to turn a blind eye.

"A couple of current umpires have said to me, `Something is wrong`, but they prefer to let it go," Hair, who quit the ICC`s elite panel in 2008, was quoted as saying by `the Herald Sun`.

"There is still a lot of doubt about his deliveries. A few have told me, `There is definitely something wrong with his action, but I`m not going to call him`. They are the ones who have to live with that," he revealed.