Indian harassment led to Harper’s pull out: Australian media

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first_imgAustralian cricket fraternity has slamed the ICC for its “inaction” against India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni whose criticism of Daryl Harper led to the umpire’s withdrawal from the third Test against the West Indies.”Indian harassment and the ICC’s inaction have seen Australian umpire Daryl Harper pull out of his farewell Test in the West Indies,” reported The Australian.Harper, who was to retire from the elite panel after the third Test, found himself at the receiving end of Dhoni’s outbursts.Dhoni had said that “if the correct decisions were made, the game would have finished much earlier and I would have been in the hotel by now.”But the Australians supported Harper.”While the ICC said it was unfair criticism and defended Harper’s record, it has not taken any action against India’s captain. And Harper, who was about to stand in his 300th international, walked away,” the report said.The report said that there were a number of disputed decisions that upset the Indians, but they were at the receiving end only because the Indian players and board refused to countenance the use of the Decision Review System (DRS).”Match referee Jeff Crowe did not punish Dhoni for his outburst.”Harper is not the first umpiring scalp claimed by India. In 2008, Steve Bucknor was sent home by the ICC after that country complained about his performance in the Sydney Test,” the daily added.Harper’s former colleague Darrell Hair, too, came in his support.”You can’t have players picking and choosing umpires,” Hair was quoted as saying by ‘The Age’.advertisementCricket Australia’s general manager, Michael Brown, also praised Harper.”Daryl has been a fine servant of the game over a very long period of time,” he said.”Any international umpire who stands in 95 Test matches, 174 one-day internationals and 10 Twenty20 international matches has shown the highest degree of professionalism over a long and distinguished career,” he was quoted as saying by the daily.- With PTI inputslast_img

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