Harper fires broadside at ICC

2011-07-15 10:24

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."


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  • Howard Greenberg - 2011-07-15 11:22

    they both cheats- i think Dhoni is worse!

  • StaalBurgher - 2011-07-15 11:24

    How can anyone be surprised this happened? For all the Indian's age old bleating that England and Australia are self-interested no one admits that everyone acts that way. This is the typical double standard that has existed for a while now in many of spheres of society; the complete denial that all are equally guilty. Instead Western countries, and especially whites, have bought into the fallacy only they are at fault. For example, there are countless black "intellectuals" that pontificate endlessly how "blacks cannot be racist". I mean serioulsy, get real people. It is patently obvious that all races are racist. Unfortunately it is this prevailing world view that some groups should be judged at different standards that have led to India firstly being allowed to get away with things and secondly that they actually believe they are morally justified in doing so. Now everyone wants to feign suprise at their attitude just as everyone feigns surprise at the racist bleatings of ANC politicians.

      Kubes - 2011-07-15 14:06

      WTF does that have to do with the article ? Its fri, go grab a beer and chill boet. - 2011-07-15 14:14

      YES!!! What the hell are you smoking???

      StaalBurgher - 2011-07-15 14:19

      It is pretty obvious what it has to do with the article. India have this sense of entitlement that they "should get special standards" and you lot have bought into it. The irony is that all it does is vindicates everything they say England and Australia did wrong in the past when it came to administration of the sport. By all means go right ahead, stick your heads in the sand. When the consequences of this double standard mentality that breeds in people the sense they are allowed to discriminate hits South Africa on the streets I hope you remember me warning you of this.

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