Harper fires broadside at ICC

2011-07-15 10:24
Daryl Harper (File)

Sydney - Retired Australian umpire Daryl Harper has accused cricket authorities of being too lenient on India's player and claimed their captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had put undue pressure on him in last month's Jamaica Test, local media reported on Friday.

The 59-year-old, who opted against standing in his scheduled farewell Test between India and West Indies in Dominica following "unfair criticism" of his performance in Jamaica, believes the International Cricket Council (ICC) employed double standards.

"When I need to consider which team is playing and apply the laws differently for different teams, then this game has lost sight of its standards and its values," Harper was quoted as saying in the Australian newspaper on Friday.

He wondered how Dhoni escaped without punishment despite publicly criticising umpiring decisions in the Sabina Park Test which India won by 63 runs.

"I waited for a response or some action from management... and I waited. No response came... no support, no action. This wasn't the first time that I felt that I had been left out on a limb.

"People don't always think before they speak. Some spontaneous comments can be harmful to the game and its best interests. I had previously imagined that was the reason for a clause in the ICC Code of Conduct about 'inappropriate public comment'."

Harper, who officiated in 95 Test and 174 one-day internationals, claimed Dhoni pressured him in Jamaica after he had ordered pacer Praveen Kumar out of attack for running on the pitch.

"The Indian captain had the temerity to say, 'We've had issues with you before, Daryl'.

"I didn't ask him to elaborate but I'm still puzzled as to what those issues may have been."

Harper, who was dropped from the elite panel in May, said he was not convinced of ICC's support.

"After I had informed them of my decision, there was a brief media release announcing that they had 'every faith' in me to finish the job, but I hadn't seen or felt any of this faith, especially in what has turned out to be the final two years of my career."

Read more on:    icc  |  daryl harper  |  mahendra singh dhoni


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

Australia won their fifth Cricket World Cup over the weekend. Does it leave a bitter taste in your mouth that the Proteas didn't get to play them?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.