Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Umpire Daryl Harper retires after criticism

Dubai: In what can be termed as a moral victory for the Indian team touring the West Indies, Australian umpire Daryl Harper withdrew from standing in the third and final Test after being criticised for making dubious decisions in the first Test.

The appearance in the Dominica Test from July 6 would have been Harper's last as an international umpire but the Aussie chose to retire one match early after India's displeasure over some of the decisions he made.

"The real shame is it deprives him of the opportunity to sign off as a Test match umpire in a befitting manner," the ICC said on Wednesday in a statement.

Harper will be replaced by Richard Kettleborough.

Indian players were said to be unhappy with some of Harper's decisions in the first test at Kingston. The visitors lead 1-0, with the second Test currently being played in Barbados.

"The reality of the situation is that Daryl's statistics show his correct decision percentage in Tests involving India is 96 per cent, which is considerably higher than the international average for top-level umpires," ICC general manager of cricket David Richard said in the statement.

The 59-year-old Harper officiated in 95 tests, 174 one-day internationals and 10 Twenty20 games.

He made his international debut in 1994 in a ODI between New Zealand and South Africa at the WACA in Perth. He officiated in his first Test during the 1998 Ashes series at the same venue.

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