not at risk - India
India insist Australian umpire Darrell
Hair was not removed from the list of officials at the
ICC Champions Trophy because of fears for his security.
The International Cricket Council
said his safety was a worry after his role in the Pakistan
But Indian cricket board secretary
Niranjan Shah said: "There is no problem for any
team or individual.
"We would have provided full
security. I don't know why the ICC has cited security
concerns in dropping Hair."
India had asked for the Australian
umpire's exclusion earlier this week and Shah said on
Tuesday "his presence could provoke the crowd".
But the BCCI official now insists
his removal was nothing to do with a threat against
Hair himself said on Thursday that
no threat had been made against him. We have nothing
against the man but did not want any trouble during
And Shah added: "There are no
security concerns in India. We have never said that
Hair or any other umpire could face security problems.
"We had only expressed concern
about the controversy surrounding him which could distract
attention from the tournament - nothing more than that.
"We have nothing against the man, but did not want
any trouble during the tournament."
Pakistan do not want Hair to stand
in any of their matches and say they complained about
his "attitude" before the row at The Oval
The tourists refused to return for
the final session of the fourth day in protest and the
match was awarded to England.