Umpire Harper accuses Dhoni of intimidating him

first_imgUmpire Daryl Harper, who was involved in a controversy in the recent first Test match between India and the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, on Thursday, accused India captain MS Dhoni of trying to intimidate him during the match.Retired Umpire Daryl HarperHarper said Dhoni should have been penalized for his comments on poor umpiring, adding that he was forced to break his silence following the International Cricket Council’s ( ICC) inaction.According to the now-retired umpire, Dhoni approached him after Praveen Kumar was warned for running on the pitch, and said “we’ve had problems with you before, Daryl,” which the umpire interpreted as an attempt to intimidate.”I decided what he meant was that I was one umpired not influenced by any personalities or teams or boards. He hadn’t been able to intimidate me, I think that was part of it,” Harper said.Harper also said that Dhoni should have been punished for his comments at the post-match conference, where the India skipper had said: “If the correct decisions were made, the game would have finished much earlier and I would have been in the hotel by now.””That was my opinion (that he should have been censured), those were inappropriate comments. I think that’s definitely inappropriate,” Harper said.Harper also hit back at his critics and the ICC for not supporting him. He said he withdrew with from the third Test in Dominica because he didn’t want all the focus to shift to him from the players and the contest.advertisement”It would have been all about my performance in my 96th Test. I’m not sure if any more scrutiny was actually possible,” he said. “I loved my role but I didn’t want to see the focus switch to me when it should centre on the players and the contest.”The ICC had reacted to Dhoni’s criticism of Harper by saying: “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.” Harper said it would have been better if the ICC management had shown the same support before he stepped down from the third Test.”If this type of support had been forthcoming before the horse had bolted, I would have stayed and officiated in my 96th Test match,” he said. “If it happened on my watch, I’d take action. If it happens after my watch, after the game is over, I expected the ICC, the controlling body, to do some controlling.”The Australian, however, admits to making two mistakes against India in the Test, as per the ICC Incident Log, compiled by the ICC match referee Jeff Crowe and regional umpire’s performance manager Barry Dudleston.last_img

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