Darrell Hair has been surprised by the amount of criticism he has received in the wake of the ball-tampering row but says he will stand by his actions in the fourth Test match at The Oval.
The Australian and fellow umpire Billy Doctrove, of the West Indies, have been under fire for the events which led them to award the fourth Test, between England and Pakistan, to the home side after deciding the tourists had forfeited the match - the first such occurrence in Test cricket's 129-year history.
Hair, aged 53 and a Sydney grade cricketer before taking up umpiring, has found himself labelled the villain of the piece, with Pakistan already expressing their displeasure over his appointment for the third and fourth Tests after a series of run-ins with the Australian.
However, Hair, speaking in his first interview since the match, said the episode would not force him into announcing an early retirement from the game.
"People who know me and the sort of person I am know I would not take action unless I really thought it was necessary," he said. "I stand by what I have done but if anything comes out at the inquiry that proves me incorrect I would accept that too. The process would have been followed.
"The media criticism has been hot over here [in England, Hair's adopted home]...that surprises me. But life goes on...nobody died. People who know me and know umpiring have been full on with their support."
Hair also denied there was any problem with him and teams from the sub-continent.
Hair famously - or infamously - no-balled Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan on a number of occasions during a match against Australia in 1995, having started his career as a Test umpire in January 1992.
He has also angered the Pakistan team several times, and the Pakistan Cricket Board this week called the International Cricket Council to ban him from officiating in their matches.
He said: "That is not something that is an issue for me - there is no problem with me and the sub-continent.
"I have umpired quite a lot in the sub-continent over the last couple of years and when the ICC have asked me to do a job I try and do it to the best of my ability.
"I have always taken a lot of pride in my performance and while I am doing the best job I possibly can I am going to continue.