Former umpire’s fall from grace

Murali and Hair

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Former international cricket umpire Darrell Hair has admitted to stealing money from an Orange liquor store till whilst working there earlier this year.

The 65-year-old pleaded guilty to one charge of embezzlement and one charge of stealing in Orange local Court on Monday morning.

Magistrate Michael Allen dubbed Hair’s actions “a monumental fall from grace” and placed him on an 18-month good behaviour bond.

SMH Darrell Hair

Image: Sydney Morning Herald

“There are some in our community, in particular on commercial radio, who speak with loud voices for justice to be stern and unrelenting,” Mr Allen said.

“But that would undermine what it sets out to achieve.”

The man famous for repeatedly no-balling Muttiah Muralitharan during the Boxing Day Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in 1995 is reportedly receiving counselling for depression and a gambling addiction.

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