India in West Indies 2011 July 1, 2011

Harper defends performance, concedes two errors

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Umpire Daryl Harper has responded to India's criticism of his umpiring in the first Test of the ongoing Test series in the West Indies, saying he got 94% of his decisions in the match right. He did, however, concede he made two errors in the game.

Harper's comments came in a feisty written statement to Indian television channel Headlines Today, his first public statement since withdrawing from the third India-West Indies Test "in the wake of some unfair criticism".

"I didn't have my best game of the year but [match] referee Jeff Crowe, who observed every ball, calculated that I had managed to get 94% of all my decisions correct," Harper said. "That analysis was confirmed from [ICC] headquarters in Dubai."

He conceded two errors on his part. "There was one lbw against Harbhajan [Singh, in the second innings of the first Test] that would have been reversed had the Decision Review System been available. I also failed to detect a no-ball when [Devendra] Bishoo's back foot touched the side or return crease [a delivery off which MS Dhoni was dismissed in the same innings]." Harper defended that error, saying instances of bowlers cutting the side crease were rare. "It's about as common as Indians eating beef burgers."

Harper also said while he was certain Virat Kohli gloved the ball to the wicketkeeper in that innings, video footage of the ball was inconclusive. "He flashed wide of his body at a short ball that passed well away from him down the leg side. He clearly gloved the ball and was given out. Replays could not confirm that my decision was right and they could not confirm my decision was wrong."

The Indians' on-field actions, Harper said, were not always in the spirit of the game. "West Indies expressed concern over Indian players' habit of charging at umpires when appealing, which is against the spirit of the game." His rapport with Dhoni during the debated Test, he admitted, was not the best: "We did not share many pleasantries in the match."

Harper has officiated in 95 Tests, 174 ODIs and 10 Twenty20 internationals, making his international ODI debut in 1994 at Perth and his Test debut in November 1998. He was dropped in May from the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, along with Asoka de Silva, after criticism of his performances.

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  • mathewjohn2176 on July 3, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    @smithie, Australia and England used to treat every other country differently.you should have raised your voice that time then.it took 20 years for Australia to play a series with India.oh they play only with England and west indies more often.they don't call srilanka now also as they generate less revenue.what do you think CA often keep arranging series with India? For the interest of cricket? NO its for the Money.why do they kept changing the rules to support England and Australia in the early days? Every cricket board is just arranging series with India for the sake of money not for the interest of game.and that'd how Bcci showling its money power..you can't say anything to them as they generate 75% off ICC revenue.when some other cricket board brings up that same % be it CAor ECB ,then they will overtake BCCI..simple as that..

  • cricket_for_all on July 2, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Hi Guys: There no way straight the tail of the dog. The whole point of UDRS is to overturn the obvious mistakes. If there was UDRS in that match the wrong decisions simply overturned. To make this you don't need 100% foolproof system.

    Can you please Indians Fans who are against UDRS and all the umpires tell me: Do you have any perfect umpire?. First produce the best umpire from India then criticize the umpire. We all, non-indian fans, have simple solution to this is to use UDRS. We will not criticize umpires since we have a system to overturn the wrong decision.

  • mathewjohn2176 on July 2, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    @smithie, why you need to see everything what indian cricket does in wrong perception..There is no good indian umpires in the standard of elite panel umpires after vengatraghavan ..simple as that..where bookies come in the pictures? U can't say when daryl harper makes many mistakes again one team then there some bookies involved..India being no.1 team and no indian umpires in elite panel ,there is no link between the two..atleast Indians don't get umpire support like how Australia used to get in their playing times..ofcourse you are from down under,will support your country umpires no matter what..oh By the way I am srilankan mate..

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 2, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    @RohCricket, if u are confused then u don't understand the players' struggle. At some point of time every player will have bad form but just one game is enough to prove he is good and so he will will always try to improve his form given a chance. If that chance is ruined by these kind of poor umpiring decisions from good umpires then what is his fate?

  • hrmalladi on July 2, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Here are a few cases where harper had goofed up in the last four tests. 1.BB McCullum lbw b Umar Gul replays show that the ball was missing the stumps and going over the top. 2. Tanvir Ahmed to McCullum, no run, short on leg and he misses the flick, thuds into the thigh pad. Replays show a large front-foot no-ball which is missed by Harper 3. Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, this was full on off and drives down the pitch, Tanvir maybe got a finger on it and it hit the stumps at the other end, Harper goes upstairs to check but McCullum was comfortably in anyway 4. Mails pouring in on Messrs Harper and Tucker, not exactly complimentary 5. Southee to Taufeeq Umar, out! No! Taufeeq tried to drive away from his body and got a thick inside edge through to the keeper, they all went up but Harper declined their appeal, Taufeeq survives. 6. Pakistan v South Africa Test Series Umar Gul to Petersen, appeal for caught-behind, there was certainly a deviation. harper should read them.

  • Smithie on July 2, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    mathewjohn2176 you miss the point totally - with all its number 1 dominance of world cricket why does India not produce Elite standard umpires? Is the ICC concerned about Indian bookie influences? Harper has made mistakes but has never been on the take! He and Daryl Hair at least made calls according to the rules without fear or favour and could not be bullied!

  • mirzhaywire on July 2, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    every umpire wants to protect his reputation no matter what. harper's incompetence in the first test is his fault...not the Indians!!!

  • gandabhai on July 2, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    @RohCricket . You obviously dont know much about cricket , mate.If an established or an upcoming player are going through a bad patch and are given out ' incorrectly ', they may not be given another chance . 'end of story '.Every one expects even the best umpires to make mistakes from time to time, That i accept . Its the incompetant & blatantly biased umpires & match referees that MUST BE REGULATED for the good of the game.

  • iamgroot on July 2, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    No matter how much DRS we can use or not use it is still the job of Umpires at the end of the day officiating a test match , or ODI or T20. Most of the times it is umpire who has to take the responsibility of the decisions. Unfortunately Daryl Harper's decisions are there for everyone to see and they are absolutely poor decisions. What is more disgusting is the way he is trying to defend himself. Does he think public is blind ? or does he think we are fools? who is he trying to convince? Evidence is there available for everyone on this planet. And what 94% decisions? There are total of 40 wickets maximum to fall in a test match and out of that he gave 6 decisions went against India. And out of the rest of the 34 wickets did he give all of them right? did he make the decisions of all of those 34 wickets? I think Daryl harper should just go into retirement quietly bcoz he will be make a fool of himself infront of whole world if not already did. And we don't need another steve bucknor

  • bhaloniaz on July 2, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    1 billion people. 1 billion.. 1 billion... the sheer talent..the batting the mix of bowling thats just one side of india. Thank you God

    Then there are blames. Umpires making mistakes. UDRS not perfect. Other people are jealous. I have never seen any fans of a champion team making up so much fuss. Lets talk about improvements. Not complaints.

  • mathewjohn2176 on July 3, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    @smithie, Australia and England used to treat every other country differently.you should have raised your voice that time then.it took 20 years for Australia to play a series with India.oh they play only with England and west indies more often.they don't call srilanka now also as they generate less revenue.what do you think CA often keep arranging series with India? For the interest of cricket? NO its for the Money.why do they kept changing the rules to support England and Australia in the early days? Every cricket board is just arranging series with India for the sake of money not for the interest of game.and that'd how Bcci showling its money power..you can't say anything to them as they generate 75% off ICC revenue.when some other cricket board brings up that same % be it CAor ECB ,then they will overtake BCCI..simple as that..

  • cricket_for_all on July 2, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Hi Guys: There no way straight the tail of the dog. The whole point of UDRS is to overturn the obvious mistakes. If there was UDRS in that match the wrong decisions simply overturned. To make this you don't need 100% foolproof system.

    Can you please Indians Fans who are against UDRS and all the umpires tell me: Do you have any perfect umpire?. First produce the best umpire from India then criticize the umpire. We all, non-indian fans, have simple solution to this is to use UDRS. We will not criticize umpires since we have a system to overturn the wrong decision.

  • mathewjohn2176 on July 2, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    @smithie, why you need to see everything what indian cricket does in wrong perception..There is no good indian umpires in the standard of elite panel umpires after vengatraghavan ..simple as that..where bookies come in the pictures? U can't say when daryl harper makes many mistakes again one team then there some bookies involved..India being no.1 team and no indian umpires in elite panel ,there is no link between the two..atleast Indians don't get umpire support like how Australia used to get in their playing times..ofcourse you are from down under,will support your country umpires no matter what..oh By the way I am srilankan mate..

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 2, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    @RohCricket, if u are confused then u don't understand the players' struggle. At some point of time every player will have bad form but just one game is enough to prove he is good and so he will will always try to improve his form given a chance. If that chance is ruined by these kind of poor umpiring decisions from good umpires then what is his fate?

  • hrmalladi on July 2, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Here are a few cases where harper had goofed up in the last four tests. 1.BB McCullum lbw b Umar Gul replays show that the ball was missing the stumps and going over the top. 2. Tanvir Ahmed to McCullum, no run, short on leg and he misses the flick, thuds into the thigh pad. Replays show a large front-foot no-ball which is missed by Harper 3. Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, this was full on off and drives down the pitch, Tanvir maybe got a finger on it and it hit the stumps at the other end, Harper goes upstairs to check but McCullum was comfortably in anyway 4. Mails pouring in on Messrs Harper and Tucker, not exactly complimentary 5. Southee to Taufeeq Umar, out! No! Taufeeq tried to drive away from his body and got a thick inside edge through to the keeper, they all went up but Harper declined their appeal, Taufeeq survives. 6. Pakistan v South Africa Test Series Umar Gul to Petersen, appeal for caught-behind, there was certainly a deviation. harper should read them.

  • Smithie on July 2, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    mathewjohn2176 you miss the point totally - with all its number 1 dominance of world cricket why does India not produce Elite standard umpires? Is the ICC concerned about Indian bookie influences? Harper has made mistakes but has never been on the take! He and Daryl Hair at least made calls according to the rules without fear or favour and could not be bullied!

  • mirzhaywire on July 2, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    every umpire wants to protect his reputation no matter what. harper's incompetence in the first test is his fault...not the Indians!!!

  • gandabhai on July 2, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    @RohCricket . You obviously dont know much about cricket , mate.If an established or an upcoming player are going through a bad patch and are given out ' incorrectly ', they may not be given another chance . 'end of story '.Every one expects even the best umpires to make mistakes from time to time, That i accept . Its the incompetant & blatantly biased umpires & match referees that MUST BE REGULATED for the good of the game.

  • iamgroot on July 2, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    No matter how much DRS we can use or not use it is still the job of Umpires at the end of the day officiating a test match , or ODI or T20. Most of the times it is umpire who has to take the responsibility of the decisions. Unfortunately Daryl Harper's decisions are there for everyone to see and they are absolutely poor decisions. What is more disgusting is the way he is trying to defend himself. Does he think public is blind ? or does he think we are fools? who is he trying to convince? Evidence is there available for everyone on this planet. And what 94% decisions? There are total of 40 wickets maximum to fall in a test match and out of that he gave 6 decisions went against India. And out of the rest of the 34 wickets did he give all of them right? did he make the decisions of all of those 34 wickets? I think Daryl harper should just go into retirement quietly bcoz he will be make a fool of himself infront of whole world if not already did. And we don't need another steve bucknor

  • bhaloniaz on July 2, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    1 billion people. 1 billion.. 1 billion... the sheer talent..the batting the mix of bowling thats just one side of india. Thank you God

    Then there are blames. Umpires making mistakes. UDRS not perfect. Other people are jealous. I have never seen any fans of a champion team making up so much fuss. Lets talk about improvements. Not complaints.

  • amitgarg78 on July 2, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    I didn't know pointing out crazy, incorrect decisions was wrong. This is not bullying, merely stating the truth. Harper had a bad game and he knows it. He says he should not have applied the laws of the game to Indians but it was his inability to apply those laws, that cost him respect of the players. He is in a profession where he will be remembered for howlers and not when he has a good day. UDRS is not going to solve this either, not if you allow 2-3 chances to review decisions, when a few umpires get 6% wrong in a game. That percentage would be a lot higher if it were only for wickets! Didn't we respect umpires that used to get it right? And we used to live with it. Clamoring for DRS isn't going to take away the fact that in recent times, harper has consistently got a lot of his decisions wrong. India wouldn't be the only country to have suffered so let's not make a nationalistic issue out of this. He was good once, he was crappy in recent times and deserved to go out.

  • indiaforcup on July 2, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    Come on guys.. This guy has been a good umpire for a longtime, he has umpired in 95 Test matches. So he must have had his good moments. Unfortunately in the last year he has had a rough time. That could be compared to the loss of form of any player who used to be once a great. However the decision to drop Harper is perfect, as he is still trying to find excuses and at times defending his pathetic decisions instead of trying to improve or eliminate certain flaws in him. A person can avoid making mistakes only when he realizes that he has made mistakes. Hence the time has come for him to bow out of international cricket. As for the claims from many people that most of the bad umpiring decisions have come against Indians, it is because we Indians mostly follow the games played by India. So obviously we will remember only those instances. In this game people have failed to notice that whether it is a No-ball or not, Dhoni played a horrendous shot to get out. No excuses there!!

  • me54321 on July 2, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    The decisions weren't shockers. They are just decisions that you're going to see without UDRS.

  • candyfloss on July 2, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    If anything world cricket should thank India for exposing incompetent umpires like bucknor and harper,such poor umpires should not be allowed to hide behind technology.Harper made shocking errors in the world cup game in Pak vs Canada and not to forget when he turned off the snicko which saved Greame Smith in the series against England.India has been seprating the weed from the chaff and its good for world cricket.

  • RohCricket on July 2, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    ridiculous suggestions that a bad decision can ruin a players career. a bad decision cannot ruin a players career because the player would have had to have been in bad form before the decision. this has to one of the most irksome suggestions i have ever heard!

  • Hoggy_1989 on July 2, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    @cricket_for_all: Very good point. Where are all the Test match standard Indian umpires? Its not like they can be poached into the IPL series, because the ICC Elite Panel and those surrounding it get used for that!

  • mathewjohn2176 on July 2, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    @ smithie, harper and ashoka de silva removed from elite panel due to poor umpiring .kettleborough and dharmasena promoted to elite panel..he was very poor during eng - SA series last year..England even gave complaint to ICC..

  • Smithie on July 2, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Who has replaced Harper on the Elite panel and what is the make-up of that panel. One interesting omisssion. Why ?

  • CandidIndian on July 2, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    If this match was against strong teams like SA,Aus,SL or Eng instead of WI ,India would have lost the match for sure because of that 6-0 score of Harper against India.Then the things would have turned ugly like it happened in Sydney when Bucknor was in charge.Umpires usually get away without much criticism because the team which suffers complaints but the team which gains because of those decisions refrain themselves from complaining.Umprie Steve Davis was removed by SA cricket board when he gave rough decisions against SA in recent test series against India.It would have been great if Dhoni would have complained about the bad umpiring although it was an advantage for India and same Ponting could have done after Sydney test.This applies to all teams and all captains, you cant be a hypocrite that if its in your favor you wont complain and if it goes against you, you make a fuss out of it.

  • sgthacker on July 2, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Am wondering how the point of charging towards the umpire comes from. All from SA to Aus to England do it. It's just a matter of perception. In the Mike Dennes incident, they were replays of the match where it was clearly evident that SA layers charged towards the umpires more aggresively, still the players to be banned were Indians. Also, if 6% wrong decisions go against one team, it cannot be a mere co incidence. It is also not a co incidence that Indians have to be on the wrong side of umpiring decisions most of the time (not all albeit). Plus, Dhoni never mentioned Harpers name for him to be punished. He simply mentined that the right decisions were not made and never said that it was Harper making the wrong decisions. If we interpret it in that way......

  • R.Nath on July 2, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    The problem with Umpire Harper and a few others before him is that they act as if they have been given a mandate to discipline the Indian players.There is a perception that the Indians are penalised more than others for their mistakes on the field.Umpires should stick to their jobs of umpiring and not give in to instructions to be disciplinarians.With intense television scrutiny and bigger stakes,a more cooperative attitude is called for between the players and umpites,not a confrontational one.

  • aus_sore_losers on July 2, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    this man alongwith bucknor, bowden and coertzen are (disgraceful) umpires who are responsible for aussies domination over cricket world...they made mockery of the game... all 50-50, 40-60, 30-70 even 20-80 decisions would go in favour of oz... had they been removed early, oz dominance would have been only dream... sachin would have atleast 70 test centuries by now had it been not for bucknor n harper's biased umpiring.. if ponting behaves rudely on the field (which he so often does), he hardly gets punished, but these people jump the bandwagon when any indian player shows disappointment over umpiring decision.. (i have seen most ridiculous comments posted here and many of my comments are not posted even though they are much wiser, if this comment is not posted, i m out of cricinfo for once n all)

  • Earth-kar on July 2, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    "It's as common as Indians eating beef burgers"...

    Finally!!! Finally Mr. Harper decides to speak out his mind instead of being politically correct. I had the highest regards for him even when Dhoni and others were gunning for his head. I always felt and feel even now that the Indian team cannot criticise umpiring while opposing the DRS. But seriously, beef burger comparison in this context??!! Is that the best defense you can give?? And it is time umpires carried a decibel meter on the ground to quantify excess appealing, subjective analysis of excess appealing reeks of inconsistency. About players charging at umpires, it was still docile compared to warne/mcgrath. Anyhow, thanks Harpya!!! FYI, the percentage of Indians eating beef burger is on the rise as we have spread out to most parts of the world. So you mean the number of mistakes related to the side-crease no-ball you would make in each match will rise?? In that case, it is good you were kicked out (just for the stereotyping).

  • jabberwockynz on July 2, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    boohoo for the indians. you have bullied the ICC into not using the UDRS, meaning there will always be an element of human error. and by these "errors" were not blatantly bad decisions. picking up exact placement of the bowlers feet from the umpires positions is extremely difficult.....

  • Shankar on July 2, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    I find it funny that whenever someone complains about umpiring; the response is: India does not use DRS so you ask for it. Honestly, the argument is silly; UDRS is not an excuse for bad umpiring. The second funny thing is that if India complains about umpiring it is arrogance, BCCI clout etc etc. If Australia or SA or England do so (as they have done many times in the past) it is their birthright.

  • Horn.OK.Please on July 2, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    For an International umpire, 94% is pretty much on the lower side (and of course, this would get the likes of Amish Saheba too out). With a 94%, I can't get into IIPM, let alone the IIM. Same goes here as well. Harper is welcome to officiate the matches between Assam-Nagaland though.

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on July 2, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    whenever subcontinental(ind,pak,sl) team tours overs they tend to get wrong decisions, I have many instances for eg. Murali fiasco in 1995, sydney test which india lost, 1998 test match between pakistan and aus in Aus which pakistan should have won but lost and now this series.

  • sjitendran on July 2, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    I am an Indian living in overseas. The Indian folk crying murder on Daryl Harper decisions.They should be blaming thir own BCCI which was flexing its muscles and abandoned UDRS for this series. Everyone is human and tend to make mistakes. That is why technology is there to aid humans. But BCCI in all its intelligence?? did not want DRS. Now if you are happy with human umpires and ban technology as it is not 100% error-free then you have no leg to stand. So it would be better for indian public direct their ire at BCCI

  • manu on July 2, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    Enough said on India not using UDRS; however giving the statistcis less then 15% of the decisions are reversed with UDRS so for Mr. Harper he can improve from 94% to 94.9 % (15% of 6% wrong decisions) and still make 5% of the decisions wrong which is enough to change the result of the match or ruin someone's carrier

  • Amarjitmadan on July 1, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    Absence of UDRS doesn't provide umpires a green card to commit blunders. When umpires of class of Dickie Bird and to large extent Shepherd were there, decisions against own players used to be as spontaneous as others.If Harper has 94pc success rate surely measures used must be from primitive times. With such a great pc why he had to be down graded from the elite panel? ICC should reconsider and bring the retirement age to 55 or very tough medical examinations, specially meant for cricket umpires.

  • euphony69 on July 1, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    with the current technology 94% is very bad.Every one makes mistakes. But with the technology available you can escape lot of mistakes

  • bobwood on July 1, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    It seem to me that it is for this reason DRS is available. if India do not want DRS they must want errors by Umpires. DRS seems to show the vast majority of umpires are right anyway.

  • cricket_for_all on July 1, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    Why don't India produce some 100% accurate umpires from more than 1 billion people ? so that they can use the 100% umpires for them. They rest of the world will use UDRS.

  • AravindShastri on July 1, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Indian supporters and world cricket know how badly Mr Harper has performed in world cup, previous test matches and ODIs. We do not oppose Mr Harper just because we have to. If that was the case, we would have opposed Asad Rauf and S Tauffel or A Dar. Instead We highly respect Both Rauf and Aleem Dar because they do a great job as umpires. I think the best umpires should do the job inspite of DRS as each time has just 2 appeals and after that it is still onfield umpires who got to do the job. Mr Harper should go based on past performance!!

  • dinith_sw on July 1, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    94% is an amazingly creditable percentage. Get the 6% out of the DRS, that's what it is for. I don't know where this notion of perfect humans came up.

  • bharath74 on July 1, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Umpires are also human beings, they can make mistakes too, but that doesn't mean that they should be pressurized into resignation. If this trend of threatening continues, umpires will fear to give decisions against India. Players should be slapped with hefty fines for public outburst against Umpires. If players have grievances, they should report it to match referee not to the media.

  • satishbabuk on July 1, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    If you are giving 94% of decisions right and defending it, then certainly there is a problem. 97 or 98 i would say where you can defend yourself. But at the international level if one catch or a runout can change a game from winning to loosing. That 6% can take the whole game away. Sorry Mr. Umpire but you are not good and you can surely jump back on indians saying they are not playing with in the spirit of the game to change the issue here. I truly respect your work ethics and passion and all your good work, this is not one of your best games.

  • HARIstotle on July 1, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    94% correct decisions doesn't make him a (S)Harper umpire! Does it?

  • Gupta.Ankur on July 1, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Just because DRS is there and India have refused to have it, you can get away with wrong decisions and howlers.

    Technology is used to aide humans, not to use it as an aide to hide your in-eptitude.....

  • Sarfin on July 1, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Guys!!! This man made some unacceptable mistakes. That's true. But the fact is, it always happens. In last world cup, how many decisions were revised by DRS?? I've never seen any umpire being 100% accurate (accept the special TWO). The morale of this incident is, don't mess up with Indian cricket team. @gracegift, this is the most ridiculous comparison I've ever heard. Congrats

  • gandabhai on July 1, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    This guy has been making A RIDICULOUS amount of MISTAKES for years . PLEASE REGULATE UMPIRES & MATCH REFEREES .They are holding the players futures in their hands. They are not bigger than this wonderful game of cricket .

  • inswing on July 1, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    Some hypothetical calculations. Forty wickets fall in a test. Let's say there are other 40 serious appeals that are turned down. Out of 40 wickets that fall, about 30 are completely obvious and don't require any real judgment. So you have 10 wickets and 40 appeals that need some skill. Divide that by half (two umpires), so each umpire makes around 25 calls. Six errors out of 25 puts him at 76% accuracy, which is not very good. Equally problematic is that all or most errors go against one team.

  • mets692006 on July 1, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    you guys that sit in the comfort of your own home and have instant replays at your disposals believe that Harper and his peers have the same luxury? you all need to relax because i am certain that if we place you in the hot seat you would fail miserably. It's funny how this things works as well because i have seen many instances where the same ones on the witchunt for rudy when he errs in your favor, you have nothing to say. Why is it that India has fought against the DRS? because they know that some of the things they have gotten away with in the past, will be no more. umpires are human and will err from time to time. They are going to have bad days so you should all just take a chill pill and move on. You giys remind me of an outfielder arguing balls and strike. absolutely absurd. And for the guy saying that Harper is the worse of the lot and he aided the australian dominance in world cricket, he needs to calm down. Take it from a West Indian, the Aussies were legit

  • anoopshameed on July 1, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    @ theajaykumar, I think the decisions taken by an umpire during a match include everything from wides, noballs, boundaries etc... to dismissals (not just the dismissals)!

  • VairaPandi on July 1, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    This 94% includes bowled, fours, sixes, wides, lunch time, tea time, drinks, decisions. Great way to even analyse 94%. Keep harping on for your life. Best wishes.

  • Rahulbose on July 1, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    The most puzzling thing about this is why is Harper reacting this way now? It is hardly the first time he has made mistakes in a match and been criticized in the media.

  • ushakiran on July 1, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    bcci said DRS not 100% genuine.so,how humans are giving 100%? this is human errors we can't blame him.if he was right. india could add 3 more runs.

  • B.C.G on July 1, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    gracegift---When technology(udrs) is available to doctors(umpires) for achieveing a higher success rate,BCCI(hospital) rejects it.

  • Professori on July 1, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    95% of the decisions on the field are usually straightforward and simple. It is only with remaining 5% that there is scope for ambiguity. Isn't harping on 94% a little on the silly side, harper?

  • PaceQuartet on July 1, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    gracegift your sarcastic comment is a tad foolish. How can you compare patients dying in a hospital due to doctor error to a batsman being wrongly given out? Ignorance is bliss I guess. I am just tired of this bullying by the Indian team, Indian fans (fanatics) and the Indian board. The man accepted his errors. Its not as if he has committed murder.People make mistakes and the ICC has punished him for that by not renewing his contract. Let him go peacefully.

    - From an Indian citizen and a Team India supporter

  • heat-seeker on July 1, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    If Kohli was "clearly out," why did the ultra-slow-motion replays not show any contact between glove and ball? Why was there absolutely no sound either? And that is "clearly out"???

  • Rezaul on July 1, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Harper is right on the point that you should not apply rules to Indian players because they are backed by mighty BCCI. About two wrong decisions, Harper did what he thought was best decisions. If there were UDRS then both decisions would have overturned. There is no point of blaming Harper for those decisions. Instead I would blame BCCI for not accepting DRS in the series.

  • heat-seeker on July 1, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Aside from his lies (only 2 errors!), his biggest clunkers were a) No-ball of Bishoo... how can you not keep track of a spinner's slow run-up??? b) Raina's dismissal, which he doesn't even mention... there was daylight between glove and ball!

  • Quazar on July 1, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Mighty large of Harper! Conceding 2 errors when he actually made 6 incorrect decisions...all against 1 team. And if he felt he was so accurate, why leave early??

  • Vijay_P_S on July 1, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Does that 94% include "all" decisions like calling a wide a wide and a no-ball a no-ball ? I would be interested to know what percentage of "dismissals" he got right.

  • heat-seeker on July 1, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Harper got 6 decisions wrong against India - Bravo (nick behind), Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Harbhajan, and Chanderpaul. These quotes from him are meant to fool those who didn't see the game. And if he actually got 94% right (rubbish), why quit the series??? Stay on for the last Test. What could India do to him? He was already leaving the the panel of elite umpires.

  • cricbuff11 on July 1, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    I still remember his lbw decision against SRT when he was hit on his helmet or something very high. Dude, I cant stand this guy. most terrible umpire of the lot. Umpires like him definitely helped sustained Aussies sustain their dominance.

  • hanal on July 1, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    "as common as Indians eating beef burgers" ??? That is extremely racist because it assumes that all Indians are vegetarian. I'm a Catholic Indian and I for sure eat beef burgers regularly

  • EVH316 on July 1, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Poor Daryl. I`m sure he`s not the only guy in the world who just ain`t very good at his job. 94% correct eh? I guess, and it`s the only way I can make sense of such an extraordinary stat, is that it counts everything from not no-balling legal deliveries, counting to six correctly, remembering time of lunch and tea and drinks, calling play and over without getting the words wrong, walking to each end and square leg without falling over, and not dropping sweaters/hats/sunglasses on the pitch. It`s a shame, because if there was one umpire who needed UDRS to save him it`s our Daryl, and he`ll miss out on the period where it is compulsory. Oh wait..he totally screwed it up when he was third umpire too! He`ll get a great pension everyone, so don`t shed too many tears.

  • Champ2000 on July 1, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    I guess he is weiging wide ball and out desicions equally. there wer 4 dicy descisions. and 2 definitly wrong ones all on one team.. Sorry Harper in my proffession if I make these many mistakes I get criticised. But don't quict.

  • nvpar on July 1, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    I never understood how they come up with these percentages for umpires. I assume Harper got 94 right of 100 appeals. Those 100 appeals must've included appealing for LBWs when the ball is clearly pitched outside, going over way high, wicket keepers appealing for leg side catches only to distract umpires from giving a wide, Indian spinners, with close in fielders, appealing every other ball. That must surely help the umpires to up their %. How many tricky ones they get right is more important.

  • drsankalp on July 1, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    He is third grade umpire. Its stupid of him to say he was 94% time correct when he was wrong 100% time when application of mind needed. He gave all 6 out of 6 decision wrong. He should have been dropped long back from elite panel when he given Sachin out for stupid and dumb decision.

  • Cheeki on July 1, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    The Indians' on-field actions, Harper said, were not always in the spirit of the game. " lol. So when AUS and SAF used to sledge, etc, it was deemed as sportsmanship?Lost count of the number of times aggressive behavior by AUS,English and SAF players went unpunished by the match referees (who at that time were mostly from ENG, AUS, NZ) and Indians, SL and Pakistani's had to lump it?

  • cric-procrastinator on July 1, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    so mr. harper now that you made your "94%" case let me offer rebuttal. So you claim you had 94% correct decisions but the bad thing is all the 6% bad decisions went against India, your decisions are always going going India, your officiating in the sydney was so horrendos that your bias in favor of australia made australia win the match when they should have lost it. You should have been deca;red man of the match. Your umpiring in that sydney match was so horrible and biased that ICC introduced both neutral empires, before that series there was one home umpire and one neutral umpire. Dhoni and his teammates having lerned there lessons from sydney made sure it does not repeat again.

  • dalok on July 1, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    I guess enough people have already commented about 94% success rate and how poor it is.

    What I am surprised is that an umpire is speaking in derogatory manner about a team and its players that he has just officiated in. Are players allowed to speak freely about umpires and officials in the same manner. I am very sure that players would love to speak their mind.

    The problem these days though is that you get the instant startdom when you speak against the Indian team. I am sure Harper will soon write a book with more incendiary remarks in it, generate publicity, and make money. Same story that has been repeated way too many times.

    I am going to ignore him after this and hope he doesn't officiate in anymore Indian matches.

  • thair9999 on July 1, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Well that is the part of the game. What I don't understand is Indian team and fans want decision to be 100% correct. If the wrong decision is made (against them) they start bashing. And when it comes to UDR they don't want technology intervention and depend on humans. You cannot have it both ways. Also the new UDR is not what it should be (again because BCCI).

  • correctcall on July 1, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    If Ponting or Strauss had publicly canned the standard of umpiring post match they would have been up before the ICC Ref and had their match fee significantly lightened. How come Dhoni can get away with it ?

  • mogan707 on July 1, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    With the players show increasing dissent for the errors in the decisions made by the umpires,they feel the pressure not only from the cricketing fraternity but also from ICC.Before introduction of DRS,players accepted the decisions they were given.BCCI is mostly responsible for the present chaos,where it denied the use of DRS.They could have consulted the players before denying it.The opposite team would fume if any bad decision was made when they were forced not to use DRS.I suspect during the first test both the umpires could have made intentional mistakes to make the BCCI feel the pinch of not using DRS.Perhaps they too now rely heavily on DRS to make correct decisions.The outburst seems to be a personal attack on Dhoni;if anyone was founded guilty during the match he should have named all of them and let the match referee take the action.

  • theajaykumar on July 1, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    The devil is in the details. How is 94% calculated? If this is based on all the batsman that were given out (including bowled, obvious catches etc.; most of them so obvious dont even need an umpire's nod), 94% exaggerated. If you only count the decisions that were suspect and he got 2 out of 4, his rate is 50%.

  • vish2020 on July 1, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Harper don't show us percentage!! This ain't school where grade matters. We all saw the game and your umpiring was...let's say...normal for your standards!! You were a pathetic umpire and just glad that you are gone!! What a baby!!!!

  • couchpundit on July 1, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    94% success rate per jeff crowe....who likes to wrap fines for subcontinent players for nothing and lets go other country players without even reprimand, right place to look for approval.

  • abbose on July 1, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Daryl conceded two errors on his part. "There was one lbw against Harbhajan and one in which he failed to detect a no-ball when Bishoo's back foot touched the return crease [a delivery off which MS Dhoni was dismissed in the same innings]. It's about as common as Indians eating beef burgers." Considering both of these decisions were crucial, my question to you Daryl is, "did you have one too many during lunch"? (beefburgers I mean)...

  • onlycommonsense on July 1, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    6% Proved Mistakes 94% insufficient evidence

  • rajiv2173 on July 1, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    @SettingSun: It's our time!

  • KTiwari on July 1, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    Good that you are gone. It seems that you want rule should not apply to you. You give wrong decisions and want no one to notice and highlight. Regarding appealing, if someone is out and you say notout then players will be appealing more aggresievly. Do you want that strange??

  • Poliwag060 on July 1, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    Doctrove did not have a flawless series - he made awful decisions concerning intervals and stoppages in play. And he's withdrawn from this test because he clearly hasn't been enjoying all this criticism of him or his rapport with certain players (re. intimidatory appealing).

  • Sky-Walker on July 1, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Does Daryl not understand "Benefit of Doubts" goes to batsman favor in the case of Virat case ?

    Having said that we need not doubt the integrity of Umpires these days as we have a fairly good system and human error can happen.

  • mathewjohn2176 on July 1, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    He done poor umpiring in the test between SA vs England as well..England even gave complaint to ICC.. every player gets upset when they get wrong decision..he is experienced umpire,should take criticism lightly..everyone goes through criticism but retiring prematurely is at your own will..anyway he was removed from elite panel umpires due to his poor umpiring..its time for him to go..

  • dinith_sw on July 1, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    No, he only killed 2 patients, no wonder you were kicked out and he simply resigned. You just suck as a doctor. My sympathies for losing your job though. And seriously don't take up a job commenting too. You don't do a good job on that either.

  • bombaytogoa on July 1, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    I am trying to find difference between Aussie player and Aussie Umpires. I find few similarities in some of players and Umpires. .

    Harper or Darrell Hair or Ross Emerson ...Harper decision to give Sachin out as LBW who can forget that decision. Darrell Hair asked money from ICC and Ross Emerson no ball to Murli. Aussie just want to show how good they are but they are very crap.

    Harper is so good why ICC kicked him out of ICC Elite Panel .

    Well if INDIAN player or board did criticism umpire , then people says well they are using money power but England, Aus , SouthAfrica did any criticism then their criticism is correct.

    Well if other countries fan and player thinks that INDIAN player or board using their money power don't play against INDIA. and let see what happens.

    I will say to Indian board and player do not keep quite as we was quite for decades when England, Aus making noise.

  • srriaj317 on July 1, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Since the Indians refused the DRS saying technology's not 100% perfect, now they demand 100% perfect humans to stand as umpires as well! At least their line of thinking is consistent if not absurd! I guess only Dhoni, Tendulkar, Srinivasan and Pawar should be allowed to umpire from now on because I saw Dar and Taufel make mistakes as well! :O

  • TheGuruji on July 1, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    He left on his own accord. No one asked him to leave! So, he shouldn't be complaining. 94% really? Why would ICC kick out such a successful umpire from the Elite panel? If this is how an umpire with 94% success rate looks like, we are better off without them. Just ask England. This guy is a disgrace and should have retired honorably long back.

  • srriaj317 on July 1, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    HA! Look at the people already jumping on Harper! He may have made a few mistakes but at least he's WAY better than the likes of Amish Saheba or Venkatraghavan! Looks like the most powerful people in cricket have forgotten the rough decisions touring teams used to get in the subcontinent! Why not go through a few YouTube channels? robelinda2's channel would be a nice place to start. And then we will know whether Bucknor was really biased or just incompetent.

  • dwblurb on July 1, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    I'm no fan of Daryl Harper, and I think the ICC is right to have removed him from the elite panel. However, one thing if for certain - had the criticism levelled at him come from any other international captain other than the untouchable Dhoni, fines would have been levelled.

  • bigwonder on July 1, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    @gracefigt, well said. I would like to know what Harper thinks about Pointing's on-field behavior, his finger wagging and long arguments with on-field umpire. He probably will stay mum. Its sour grapes for him and will criticize Indians or Indian teams with every possible lame arguments. 'beef burger' was one of the lamest thing to stay about - he just messed with the religious aspect of India.

  • cricket_for_all on July 1, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    We all know that Harper is not good umpire but we also know that India don't like any umpire who give wrong decision against them (even a single bad day) while they are against UDRS. Steve Baknor was one of the best umpires in the world that time. He made bad some decision against India in one match He is gone thereafter.

    I have a suggestion: If there is match between India and others we don't need umpires ; Indian captain can decide whether out or not out lol!!.

  • nanners327 on July 1, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    daryl harper, you have been a shocking umpire for the last few years, getting even the most basic decisions wrong. 94% is laughable as in most cases, the decision is fairly straight forward. you can understand when someone gets tough decisions wrong but you more often than not got them incorrect and often gave some absolute stinkers.

    if you want to know how good an umpire you were, go talk to bob willis (who i often disagree with) but i think is definitely right in this situation.

    YOU WERE TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!

  • sharidas on July 1, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Its not easy for any umpire to come 100 % right with their decisions, so it is widely accepted that a certain percentage of errors are normal. As long as we know that an umpire is fair then we have to accept the errors. Cricket has always been described as a game of mistakes ie: either a batsmen,bowler or fielder makes a mistake and to this we must add the umpires too. The pressure in the modern game arises from the fact that each ball can be replayed while millions are watching and unfortunately the umpire comes under scrutiny in every decision. Daryl Harper has been a fair umpire, and I do feel a bit sorry to see him leave the game this way. I am an Indian and I would feel grest if this small issue can be settled in a nice way.

  • tomikuttan on July 1, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    daryl harper's self explanatory speech is typically an australian one, to be more precise the australian feudalism in cricket. to go back to the history, the White man's burden to civilize the colonials.........

  • cricket_for_all on July 1, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    India doesn't like UDRS (They finally agreed to a toothless UDRS), they don't want any umpires who give wrong decision against them (they happy if it is against opposition), they don't want any other boards to get more revenue, they don't want to give the matches to weaker teams (BAN and ZIM). India don't have a single elite panel umpire while they are against UDRS and umpires who give wrong decision against them. what a hypocrites!!!. Cricket is going to die soon in the world (surely in sub-continent).

  • Harshtmm on July 1, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    By your own admission your wrong decisions are as common as "indians eating beef burgers", means they are pretty regulare then. Becuase lot of my Indian friends drink alcohol and eat beef pretty much 4 to 5 times a week.

  • vatsap on July 1, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Bloody cry babies. They don't want to go for UDRS and they will crib for every bad decision against them. Wonder what would have happened had India lost the match.

  • on July 1, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    " It's about as common as Indians eating beef burgers." I love it

  • gracegift on July 1, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    I can sympathise with Mr. Harper, because i too, was kicked out of my job for having a 94% success rate. I am a doctor. At the hospital i work in, 6 out of every 100 patients i treated, died!

  • abhi_cricinfo on July 1, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    If he wasn't faulty then why did he withdraw from 3rd test ? India can't see Sydney-test repeating and thats why Dhoni criticized Harper.

  • SettingSun on July 1, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Oh Daryl. You're such a mark for yourself. Granted, he does make a good point about India in that they think they should be treated differently from everyone else and that some rules should not apply to them. But he is a VERY poor umpire who consistently gets simple decisions wrong. Comparing his umpiring to that of Billy Doctrove in the England v SL series is quite the eye-opener, Doctrove had an almost flawless series. Terrible umpire, glad to see the back of him.

  • sultanofhyd on July 1, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    94% in one game? That's really great Harper. Lets see how many you have got over the last year.

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  • sultanofhyd on July 1, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    94% in one game? That's really great Harper. Lets see how many you have got over the last year.

  • SettingSun on July 1, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Oh Daryl. You're such a mark for yourself. Granted, he does make a good point about India in that they think they should be treated differently from everyone else and that some rules should not apply to them. But he is a VERY poor umpire who consistently gets simple decisions wrong. Comparing his umpiring to that of Billy Doctrove in the England v SL series is quite the eye-opener, Doctrove had an almost flawless series. Terrible umpire, glad to see the back of him.

  • abhi_cricinfo on July 1, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    If he wasn't faulty then why did he withdraw from 3rd test ? India can't see Sydney-test repeating and thats why Dhoni criticized Harper.

  • gracegift on July 1, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    I can sympathise with Mr. Harper, because i too, was kicked out of my job for having a 94% success rate. I am a doctor. At the hospital i work in, 6 out of every 100 patients i treated, died!

  • on July 1, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    " It's about as common as Indians eating beef burgers." I love it

  • vatsap on July 1, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Bloody cry babies. They don't want to go for UDRS and they will crib for every bad decision against them. Wonder what would have happened had India lost the match.

  • Harshtmm on July 1, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    By your own admission your wrong decisions are as common as "indians eating beef burgers", means they are pretty regulare then. Becuase lot of my Indian friends drink alcohol and eat beef pretty much 4 to 5 times a week.

  • cricket_for_all on July 1, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    India doesn't like UDRS (They finally agreed to a toothless UDRS), they don't want any umpires who give wrong decision against them (they happy if it is against opposition), they don't want any other boards to get more revenue, they don't want to give the matches to weaker teams (BAN and ZIM). India don't have a single elite panel umpire while they are against UDRS and umpires who give wrong decision against them. what a hypocrites!!!. Cricket is going to die soon in the world (surely in sub-continent).

  • tomikuttan on July 1, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    daryl harper's self explanatory speech is typically an australian one, to be more precise the australian feudalism in cricket. to go back to the history, the White man's burden to civilize the colonials.........

  • sharidas on July 1, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Its not easy for any umpire to come 100 % right with their decisions, so it is widely accepted that a certain percentage of errors are normal. As long as we know that an umpire is fair then we have to accept the errors. Cricket has always been described as a game of mistakes ie: either a batsmen,bowler or fielder makes a mistake and to this we must add the umpires too. The pressure in the modern game arises from the fact that each ball can be replayed while millions are watching and unfortunately the umpire comes under scrutiny in every decision. Daryl Harper has been a fair umpire, and I do feel a bit sorry to see him leave the game this way. I am an Indian and I would feel grest if this small issue can be settled in a nice way.