West Indies v India 2011 July 14, 2011

Dhoni should have been punished - Harper


Daryl Harper, the recently retired international umpire, has said the ICC's failure to take any action against India captain MS Dhoni for criticising his decisions in the first Test against West Indies reflected the advent of "selective management" in cricket.

This was the chief factor in his decision to quit prematurely from umpiring. He said he felt targeted by the Indian team during the game and was speaking out now on those incidents because the ICC "chose not to".

Harper, who retired before what would have been his 96th and final Test in Dominica, also revealed an incident that occurred after Praveen Kumar was removed from the attack for repeated running on the pitch in Kingston. Dhoni, Harper claimed, approached him after that and said, "We've had problems with you before, Daryl", which the umpire interpreted as an attempt to intimidate.

Dhoni's more publicised remarks came after the Kingston Test, following a series of umpiring errors. "If the correct decisions were made the game would have finished much earlier and I would have been in the hotel by now," he said at the post-match press conference. His criticism was described as "unfair" by the ICC general manager of cricket David Richardson, but neither he nor the presiding match referee Jeff Crowe elected to charge the Indian captain.

"That was my opinion [that he should have been censured], those were inappropriate comments," Harper told ESPNcricinfo from Adelaide after sending out a statement on Thursday, in which he explained his side of an episode that earned him heavy criticism in the Indian media. "Any suggestion that [went], 'If the correct decisions had been made, I would've been in my hotel room a lot earlier' - I think that's definitely inappropriate.

"Especially when only one decision in the match would have been reversed had it been a DRS situation. And I read yesterday that I made nine mistakes in the game, so yes I thought it was time someone spoke up because unfortunately the ICC choose not to.

"I think there are other factors afoot that are infringing on the game and I think the game's too valuable to allow that to happen. I'm not a politician, I'm not an administrator, I'm just an umpire, and it seems to me the treatment I was receiving from the Sabina Park Test was telling me that perhaps I shouldn't treat everyone the same way, which is a system that's worked pretty well for a long time.

"Five days passed from the time my Test had finished, until the time I worked my way through an email from the ICC that listed a number of articles coming out of India. It wasn't until then that I realised things were going a bit pear-shaped and I expected the controlling body would do the controlling.

"If it happens on my watch I take care of it, but if it happens post-match - and I didn't know about this for five days - as far as I was concerned it was up to the controlling body to look after that aspect and I don't believe that was happening in any way."

Harper said he felt he had been singled out by Dhoni and his team in response to earlier incidents in which he had pulled up various members of the Indian team up for their on-field behaviour. Praveen was removed from the Indian attack for repeatedly running on the pitch, while Dhoni was admonished after the close-in fielder Abhinav Mukund charged at Harper's colleague Ian Gould while appealing for a bat-pad catch.

It seems to me the treatment I was receiving from the Sabina Park Test was telling me that perhaps I shouldn't treat everyone the same way, which is a system that's worked pretty well for a long time.

"Praveen Kumar transgressed a number of times, and TV actually highlighted it with a red mat showing how many times he was running straight down the pitch," Harper said. "One criticism I received on the field was that they thought I was particularly harsh on a player in his first Test match.

"My comment to that would be a Test match is not a warm-up for anything higher, it is the pinnacle form of the game, why should someone playing their first game be any different to someone playing their last? On top of that he had played 52 ODIs for India, so he was hardly a new boy on the block.

"Abhinav, one of the close-in fielders at one stage ran more than halfway up the pitch, charging towards Ian Gould holding the ball, appealing for a bat-pad catch, which Ian turned down. I simply made a point of coming in from square leg and drew Dhoni's attention to the fact he was responsible for his team's behaviour, he was responsible for upholding the spirit of the game.

"He clearly didn't like me admonishing him for that situation, he didn't want to look at me, but I insisted the message had to be received before the next ball was bowled and the game continued. He reluctantly acknowledged I was on the planet and we moved on.

"I've got no doubt that applying the laws of the game in those two situations in particular were quite probably at the base of the criticism, the unwarranted criticism."

Harper said Dhoni approached him following the Kumar incident 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 umpire not influenced by any personalities or teams or boards," said Harper. "He hadn't been able to intimidate me, I think that was part of it."

Harper also criticised the ICC for a lack of support in the face of concerted pressure from India's players and media, which ultimately led to him being hounded out of Test cricket a match earlier than he was scheduled to retire.

"I'm disappointed for the game of cricket that management has allowed this to happen. I think there was basically a hive of inactivity in Dubai," he said. "I think it would have been very simple to apply the code of conduct that umpires have to apply on the spur of the moment in every game they umpire.

"There was a five-day period when those [codes] could have been applied - that's enough time to play a whole Test match, let alone make a decision when you're standing behind the stumps. Nothing happened, so I guess someone had to show some leadership when it came to such an important issue for the game's future.

"It's a wonderful game and I don't want to see it going down the tube by selective management. And I am also concerned about the lowering of standards of behaviour. I've never been willing to say 'it's just a sign of the times'. Cricket has survived too long to give in to that sort of behaviour and accept it as part and parcel of the 21st century."

Using the example of the three players charged under the ICC code of conduct in the Kingston Test, Harper said the two West Indians Darren Sammy and Ravi Rampaul had shown far more contrition than the Indian legspinner Amit Mishra, who was also sanctioned.

"Three players were reported, and that's above average. Two of them came into the umpire's room afterwards, and they realised they were wrong in what they'd done," Harper said. "They both apologised profusely, they were humbled, they came in and they expressed their disappointment with their actions, they didn't avoid the issue, they owned up.

"One, Darren Sammy, was reprimanded; Ravi Rampaul was fined 10% of his match fee, and those boys were apologetic. In the other case, the first player reported was Amit Mishra, and even on the fourth day of the game he was still adamant that he'd got a bad decision.

"That couldn't be confirmed either way by replays … but regardless of where it came from, for my money that guy missed the point. There's no code of conduct for good decisions or bad decisions. The code of conduct is there to test out the strength of character, and on that occasion his character failed to respond in the appropriate way, and four days later he still hadn't worked out that he'd breached the code of conduct and thought he was quite justified.

"For me that's very sad, and shows a total lack of [a grasp of] what the spirit of cricket is all about."

Harper is no stranger to controversy or criticism of his decisions, particularly since the introduction of the DRS. Nonetheless he had a long career at the top level before being removed from the ICC elite panel earlier this year. His tenure was to conclude with two more matches in the West Indies, but he ultimately called time on it one match early.

"I was going to be on a hiding to nothing if I officiated in Dominica. It would have been all about my performance in my 96th Test," Harper said in his statement. "I'm not sure if any more scrutiny was actually possible. 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.

"In an ICC media release to explain my withdrawal from the third Test, ICC Manager, Cricket Operations Dave Richardson wrote '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'. If this type of support had been forthcoming before the horse had bolted, I would have stayed and officiated in my 96th Test match."

The ICC intend to make a presentation to Harper, recognising his contribution to the game, during the next Test match to be held at Adelaide Oval, his home ground. It will be played against India.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • pr3m on July 18, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    They want to censor captains in press conferences? Isn't that where the captain gets to speak his mind? I don't understand how somebody can censor an adult and get away with it? Dhoni thought the umpiring was rubbish and said so. Why is that a bad thing? Rest of it is hearsay, and I don't believe a word of what this umpire has to say. He was removed from the Elite Panel for a reason.

  • maidenshazza on July 17, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    As a supporter of the Indian Cricket Team, I can see how their position as the No 1 team in the world has got to their heads. Just like Australia, the Indians whinge about every decision against them and have stopped respecting umpires. Sad times indeed. This however does not take away from the fact that most Australian cricket officials have always been biased against Asian teams, especially the ones visiting Australia. Harper being no exception to that.

  • Night-Watchman on July 17, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    If MSD said what he did and did it in the context that Harper claims, then that is in poor taste. If MSD felt that a player in the first test match should have been given more leeway and Mukund and Kumar should not have been publicly reprimanded by Harper, he should have told him that. A "Come on Daryl, it is their Debut test man. Give em a break. I will talk to them during the drinks break." would have been a better way to handle it than attribute any ulterior motives to a veteran International umpire. I am surprised to hear that MSD talked like this, very uncharacteristic of him. We have not heard his side of the story.

  • kar26 on July 17, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    umpires should give correct decision in contex of the game ,if they give wrong the team would suffer alot and even sometimes they loose the match........ icc should make strict rules about umpire decisions

  • avmd on July 17, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Indians got this power and position in world cricket too soon and unexpectedly, they have hard time digesting it. Give'em some time , hope they will start behaving or otherwise lets hope England team will take care Dhoni and Co in current series. Signs from the Somerset game are v v encouraging.

  • on July 17, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Note ICC management's comments favoring Harper - He has an error rate that is favorable with most others. However, if ICC were to start doing what I have requested Mr. Richardson to do a few years ago - publish "human errors" of umpires & their impact at pre-determined time intervals, the whole world would have seen long ago that Harper has learnt well from Steve Bucknor, errors occur at the right time to help certain teams win / ensure that certain teams do not win. If ICC had initiated any action against Dhoni, the Indian team management would be required to defend Dhoni by publishing & openly questioning Harper's track record. To prevent this, ICC have sensibly refused to take any action against Dhoni.

  • ShekarJayan on July 17, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    The behaviour of the Indian team is disgusting to say the least. It is exactly for this reason that everyone hated the Australian team. It is time for Dhoni and his men to change their ways or else they will start losing their fans by the thousands.

  • Spartakus on July 17, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    @yoohoo: right on the money. To add on this, umpires like Simon Taufel, Dickie Bird or Sheperd always got respect from the players and they never had issues like this. Harper got what he deserved.

  • hyclass on July 17, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    ONLY THE FACTS.1.An indian bowler repeatedly ran down the wicket in his follow through.This is disallowed by the rules.When the bowler was warned by the umpire,the captain rebuked the umpire.This is also disallowed by the rules.2.A fielder ran down the wicket toward the umpire claiming a catch.This behaviour is specifically disallowed by the rules.3.The captain made a personal comment on the field of play directed at the umpire.This is disallowed by both the rules and the spirit of the game and usually involves a public apology,a retraction and fining and or banning-punishments regularly meted out in the west.4.The captain made public comments after the game impugning the reputation of the umpire.This is disallowed under crickets code of conduct and involves all of the above mentioned sanctions.5.The UDRS technology has shown that of the claimed 9 poor decisions,only one was in fact incorrect.6.The umpire followed all the correct channels and went public when those channels failed him.

  • hyclass on July 17, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    On every occasion that Ponting has publicly broken the rules or spirit of cricket,either on the field or after play has ceased,he has been fined and forced to issue both a public and private apology and retraction.It is expected of him and were he to abjure his responsibility in this regard,would quickly be despatched by the australian public.In fact,all australian sportsmen have this standard applied to them from junior level onwards,whether domestically,or internationally.No sport would be tolerated in australia without its ability to teach ethics,courage and moral perserverance.There is little or no individual idolatory.The entire philosophy is team above all else.As much as cricket is a physical sport,in which endurance,skill and a legislated level of sledging on the field are expected,its main value is to showcase ethics.It was once described as promoting the manly virtues.In this respect,Dhoni has failed.Worse still,the UDRS technology has shown he was incorrect 8 out of 9 times.

  • pr3m on July 18, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    They want to censor captains in press conferences? Isn't that where the captain gets to speak his mind? I don't understand how somebody can censor an adult and get away with it? Dhoni thought the umpiring was rubbish and said so. Why is that a bad thing? Rest of it is hearsay, and I don't believe a word of what this umpire has to say. He was removed from the Elite Panel for a reason.

  • maidenshazza on July 17, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    As a supporter of the Indian Cricket Team, I can see how their position as the No 1 team in the world has got to their heads. Just like Australia, the Indians whinge about every decision against them and have stopped respecting umpires. Sad times indeed. This however does not take away from the fact that most Australian cricket officials have always been biased against Asian teams, especially the ones visiting Australia. Harper being no exception to that.

  • Night-Watchman on July 17, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    If MSD said what he did and did it in the context that Harper claims, then that is in poor taste. If MSD felt that a player in the first test match should have been given more leeway and Mukund and Kumar should not have been publicly reprimanded by Harper, he should have told him that. A "Come on Daryl, it is their Debut test man. Give em a break. I will talk to them during the drinks break." would have been a better way to handle it than attribute any ulterior motives to a veteran International umpire. I am surprised to hear that MSD talked like this, very uncharacteristic of him. We have not heard his side of the story.

  • kar26 on July 17, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    umpires should give correct decision in contex of the game ,if they give wrong the team would suffer alot and even sometimes they loose the match........ icc should make strict rules about umpire decisions

  • avmd on July 17, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Indians got this power and position in world cricket too soon and unexpectedly, they have hard time digesting it. Give'em some time , hope they will start behaving or otherwise lets hope England team will take care Dhoni and Co in current series. Signs from the Somerset game are v v encouraging.

  • on July 17, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Note ICC management's comments favoring Harper - He has an error rate that is favorable with most others. However, if ICC were to start doing what I have requested Mr. Richardson to do a few years ago - publish "human errors" of umpires & their impact at pre-determined time intervals, the whole world would have seen long ago that Harper has learnt well from Steve Bucknor, errors occur at the right time to help certain teams win / ensure that certain teams do not win. If ICC had initiated any action against Dhoni, the Indian team management would be required to defend Dhoni by publishing & openly questioning Harper's track record. To prevent this, ICC have sensibly refused to take any action against Dhoni.

  • ShekarJayan on July 17, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    The behaviour of the Indian team is disgusting to say the least. It is exactly for this reason that everyone hated the Australian team. It is time for Dhoni and his men to change their ways or else they will start losing their fans by the thousands.

  • Spartakus on July 17, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    @yoohoo: right on the money. To add on this, umpires like Simon Taufel, Dickie Bird or Sheperd always got respect from the players and they never had issues like this. Harper got what he deserved.

  • hyclass on July 17, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    ONLY THE FACTS.1.An indian bowler repeatedly ran down the wicket in his follow through.This is disallowed by the rules.When the bowler was warned by the umpire,the captain rebuked the umpire.This is also disallowed by the rules.2.A fielder ran down the wicket toward the umpire claiming a catch.This behaviour is specifically disallowed by the rules.3.The captain made a personal comment on the field of play directed at the umpire.This is disallowed by both the rules and the spirit of the game and usually involves a public apology,a retraction and fining and or banning-punishments regularly meted out in the west.4.The captain made public comments after the game impugning the reputation of the umpire.This is disallowed under crickets code of conduct and involves all of the above mentioned sanctions.5.The UDRS technology has shown that of the claimed 9 poor decisions,only one was in fact incorrect.6.The umpire followed all the correct channels and went public when those channels failed him.

  • hyclass on July 17, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    On every occasion that Ponting has publicly broken the rules or spirit of cricket,either on the field or after play has ceased,he has been fined and forced to issue both a public and private apology and retraction.It is expected of him and were he to abjure his responsibility in this regard,would quickly be despatched by the australian public.In fact,all australian sportsmen have this standard applied to them from junior level onwards,whether domestically,or internationally.No sport would be tolerated in australia without its ability to teach ethics,courage and moral perserverance.There is little or no individual idolatory.The entire philosophy is team above all else.As much as cricket is a physical sport,in which endurance,skill and a legislated level of sledging on the field are expected,its main value is to showcase ethics.It was once described as promoting the manly virtues.In this respect,Dhoni has failed.Worse still,the UDRS technology has shown he was incorrect 8 out of 9 times.

  • Antomann on July 16, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    Have to agree with Muski on this one. Any player should be able to say whatever they want to umpires with no comeback, just like football players and referees. It'll be good entertainment for a while, then when all the umpires are driven out of the game through disgust, the ICC can bring in robot umpires who don't have feelings. Result!

  • Willo15 on July 16, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    Darryl. Always been a terrific ambassador for the game and offering the highest standards when applying the cricket codes of conduct. Pity the Indian Team/supporters do not see winning as enough nor themselves as ever wrong. Time to grab a mirror once in a while, be prepared to accept your behaviour is out of order, apologise and move on. You will be a big loss Darryl - well done and all the best!!

  • muski on July 16, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Harper has always been a controversial figure. Good to see his back. Nothing is going to happen to MSD. BCCI bosses will take care of that. Good to see that MSD can give a mouthful to an umpire- all credit to you MSD. You have given him the right medicine. Carry on your good work at Eng and come back with a series win.

  • bhaloniaz on July 16, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    "whole world says BCCI is bullying." Lodging a protest following the process is not bullying. When you see ICC as the authority and BCCI at an equal position with other cricketing nations, no one would say that BCCI is bullying. If a captain believes he has more authority than the umpire, it would turn out to be bullying. A captain can follow the process. The whole complaint about bullying came up because it became BCCI's way or highway.

  • bhaloniaz on July 16, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    Ponting and sledging is annoying, but I doubt he would go and say to the umpire "I had problems with you before". If he had said that, I would ask for banning him for a few matches. My impression is that india as a team is much more balanced. But their rise to the top is aided by some bad decisions against Srilanka (boy how graciously Srilanka handled it). Before that india team was happy to loose to australia 2-1. After that 2-0 home win against Srilanka they got more beliefs in themselves. Bad umpiring is helping india more than hurting them. They are crying too much so that the bad decisions only go against their opponents. Dhoni may be talented, but there are too many good WK/Batsmen waiting to take his place. So he is contributing in defending his bowler when Praveen is running into the wicket. Otherwise he is not contributing with his bat and his keeping is not bad. But india has better keepers.

  • aus_sore_losers on July 16, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    @yoohoo: cannot put it in more wise words.

  • yoohoo on July 16, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    A comment like this would not even have been news if either ponting, clarke or strauss had said it. Its news only because an Indian captain is not supposed to say this!!

    Anyway I think people should be allowed to express their opinion regardless of who it is against. Unfortunately this rule is applied without any issues to the aussies and the english, but someone else says it then it is a BIG DEAL!

  • msvs2003 on July 16, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    One thing is for sure, this guy, Harper is full of himself. Make no mistake about Dhoni as he sometimes misses the point of sticking to the spirit of the game, but Harper, it appears thinks that umpires themselves are above the game of cricket. Especially when a guy has a rate of 94% as far as correct decisions are concerned, boasts as if he is perfect and his rate is 99% and does not fess up to his mistakes (especially when some of those wrong decisions prove to be critical) and always comes up with excuses that replays were inconclusive. He talks about players not being remorseful, yet he never comes up as an umpire who is so. As far as WI players not reacting the same way as Indians have reacted, give them long enough time enduring this kind of umpiring and let's see if they still have the patience to stick to their guns.

  • gandabhai on July 16, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Did anyone watch the last S Africa / India series ? Yes there was the odd mistake by the umpires here and there but overall the umpireing was first class .That is the sort of standard the ICC should aim to achieve. Pay these guys generously and give them the best training available . Regulate these guys then kick out biased and/or incompetant ones . Then do the same with match referees . We deserve this .

  • shawnme on July 16, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    people seem to forget the WI got some bad decisions to,but you dont here them crying other the umipires they just get other it.

  • RameshSubramaniam on July 16, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Though I am an Indian, I would say Dhoni go overboard in getting his frustration out.Problem is not only India WI also got the bad decision. Its not about India getting decisions but about bad decisions. Everyone should agree ICC already planned to remove Harper from Elite panel even before WI tour started. That tells you about his performance. Now does Harper have Proof for his allegations of Dhoni telling "We have problems with you Daryl". I am not sure whether Indians call him by Daryl in first place. Secondly about 96 % - About 10 wickets, in average, 7 wickets will be caught on the field and get bowled. So that allows only 3 wickets to LBW/caught behind. Out of which, 2 will be easy decision. That is he is making 4 mistakes per 20 Wickets. 20 %. Harper should remember Daryl is out of elite panel not because of his bad performance in one series. It is his appraisal of his performance for last one year.

  • Cricket_Analyst on July 16, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Point No.1: If Dhoni was wrong to go to the Press so was Harper.Two Wrongs don't make it right.Point No2:Indian Cricketers have always been meted out wrong decisions especially at the hands of Bucknor, Harper. They were always rated poorly by Indian Captains in there post match report. Remember 2003 Sydney, Brisbane Test. However ICC never took action, until BCCI stepped in Post 2008 Sydney test. And whole world says BCCI is bullying. Compare this with other incidents. English complained against Harper after the 2009 Test against SA. And Lo...He was removed immediately from the T20 WC. Aussies had to say abt the umpiring of Rudi Koertzen,Jeff Crowe & other officials who stood in the final of 2007 WC...and they were promptly removed from the inaugural T20 WC.SL were unhappy with Hair, however he was retained till matters became worse. Pak too was unhappy with Hair who was not removed till the Oval Test Fiasco. Aus / Eng / SA / NZ fans can keep on cribbing but you can't turn blind eye

  • dmuzaf on July 16, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Bad decisions are nothing new in the world of cricket India has always felt itself to be above the game and for some reason Haroon Logart seems to be hanging off their every word and thinks they can do no wrong. Captains in the past have been punished for expressing much less in the media Dhoni getting away with it shows a clear double standard in the game which people around the cricketing world have been expressing for a long time I'm glad someone involved with the game finally had the courage to say something. Will it change anything? No, Haroon Logart and his cronies love Indian money a bit too much.

  • on July 16, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    i remember in ashes ricky ponting blasted on ALEEM DARR, but aleem was correct on to his decision so neither he forced out or anything bad happen to him. If you are correct on your decision no one can do anything to you, whether its dhoni or ponting or Bcci. Mr.Harper should reliase that hes not a quality umpire, or should i say... HARPER & ASHOKA are the worse of them all :(. Im so sorry :(

  • KarachiKid on July 16, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    Its very apparant, cricket is a different game now. Like in past England and Aussies used to have their way, now its INDIANS (and no one else mind you). As for Harper, if he was really upset, he should have waited till he got a match involving Pakistan, then he could have conveniently made all the wrong decisions against Pakistanis and if Pakistanis argued, he and the match referee could have easily gone ahead and laid blame squarely on everything about Pakistan with hefty punishments etc. So Harper and all other umpires should wait for Pakistan to relieve their anger. Its not the time to mess with Mighty Indians. For anyone who does not know, the same Harper has been responsible for AT LEAST 4 of Pakistan's test defeats. Even our late coach Woolmer was reprimanded for very vaguely hinting at attrocious umpiring in 2005-06 VB series in Auustralia.

  • pavandlou on July 16, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    @ARGY Dhoni may have been unprofessional but so has Harper and two wrongs do not make one right. The comment about all Indians are arrogant smacks of a generalisation that possibly is to do with personal experiences. Maybe Indians who were always percieved as being very polite were really being meek and now when they are prepared to stand up for themselves are being called 'arrogant'. I am a supporter of England but do not appreciate it when Broad is being unprofessional but do not call all English players and the all of the English arrogant.

  • on July 16, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    mr cool can't be wrong ... umpires decisions are not like before ...

    England technology is the best in the world ..

  • on July 16, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    I really don't think ppl who are talking for harper actually saw the match.... We are speaking about 9 wrong decisions here, not 1 nor 2 but 9 decisions for Heavens sake!! and wat was dhonis mistake.. a reporter asked "what did you feel about umpiring decisions??", dhoni could have said umpiring sucked big time on the face (he could always have justified it citing it as a response to press) but being a genlteman that he just alluded by saying, "he would've been in hotel room if not for poor umpiring"... Can't a modern day captain call Spade a Spade??!!!

  • gandabhai on July 16, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Mr Captain Cool lost his cool to someone that should have been watched and regulated by the ICC a long while back . Yes everyone makes mistakes ,but from a test umpire you expect fewer of them . I would also expect the ' bad mistakes ' to be evenly distributed between the two teams .(not one sided affairs) Also , please go and ask a certain Sir Ian Botham & co if they would ever empioy Mr Harper as an umpire . NO WAY HOSAY .

  • Argy on July 16, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    I am an Australian who is of indian descent. I go for India for cricket. As much as I hate to say it, the Indians are quite an arrogant bunch of people, as are most high positioned people in india. half the people commenting on this page saying well done to dhoni are stupid. Very few Indians have good sportmanship or manners, they are a very rude lot. They only act polite when its beneficial to their family or themselves, never out of courtesy. I apologize to the select few Indians who are actually good for associating you with these bad people. Yes, Daryl may have made a bad decision in your opinion but you have no authority to argue against this. At this level you must be very humble. Also, in saying this people tend to get a bit defensive and hype up their side of the story, so Daryl's opinion shouldn't be taken very literally. He has done great service to the game and this he should be praised. We should be ashamed in the way we left him.

  • Meety on July 16, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    @Nutcutlet - yep I had a heap of critical comments NOT posted. I think it depends on who is moderating at the time! @ rocky - he had ONE bad decision & one that may or may not of been overturned! Given that large sections of Indian fans criticize the umpires when things go against them they are the last nation in the world that should be griping about UDRS!!! @jessiedog - 100% right. -- -- -- I went thru the commentry & there was only 2 decions that India could dispute - 1 of which wouldn't of been overturned. I bad decison against India & 1 bad decison against the Windies. I suspect SOME Indian fans are not really commenting about cricket but some inferiority/victim mentality they have!

  • RJHB on July 16, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    Interesting and pleasing to see that humility and class is still prevalent in the West Indian cricket team, as it mostly always has. This is in stark contrast to the Indians whose arrogance knows no limits. Their continued appalling behaviour around the world has far exceeded anything Australia displayed at their worst. The utter lack of respect for opponents and officials alike makes them look like spoilt, rich American sportsman trash. And their ignorant army of fans cry for more. You've all forgotten that cricket should be played hard but that sportsmanship makes the game rich and rare. Congratulations Umpire Harper on a great career and for having the spine to stand up to rampant Indian indecency, unlike the gutless, yellow bellied ICC.

  • hyclass on July 16, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Harper is proven to have made one bad decision in this game.Thats right-not nine-but one,by the URDS technology and repeated replays.Thats the trouble with facts.They always trump opinions.But why let the facts get in the way of a good story?How can India expect to encourage neutral umpires to oversee test matches in its country when it fails to observe even the barest courtesies that are required to be extended towards guests.When Ponting misbehaved,he was quickly repudiated and fined.He was forced to make public apologies and lost wholesale support with the public in australia.The same followed for Warne and for Slater.Australians dont mind reasonable sledging amongst players in the heat of battle but do not accept it towards officials.In our domestic sport,such as AFL,it is a banning and fining offence.Even at junior games,parents and children are banned for this behaviour.Australians applaud talent from all countries and diversities,but only where it observes respect for tradition.

  • VisBal on July 16, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    @thestunner316_15: Please read the relevant law on LBW to understand the "shoulder before wicket". It is sad how many times this incident is brough up by Indian fans - just shows a poor understanding of the rules of the game.

  • VisBal on July 16, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    "why, an umpire is being given a supreme authority that his conduct on the field cant be questioned? Why the umpires are not made accountable for their work"

    Every captain fills out a Match Report at the end of the match. He is free to enter his comments there. This forms the basis for the umpires' elevation to or relegation from the Elite panel. That being known, why did Dhoni have to go to the media when he could have dealt with his grievances through existing channels? Given this, Harper did not have any channels to go through (incident occurred AFTER the match was declared closed), and could only reply through the media. Credit that he waited for the ICC and Match Referee to respond before wading in.

  • chandau on July 16, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    hmmm interesting isn't it? first u decide to block the drs by all means necessary; then u go around complaining about bad decisions affecting one team! in the begining Dhoni was a kool guy but now after a few years leading the hopes of a billion people successfully, the INDIAN arrogance come to be. It is bound to improve with fletcher as coach.

  • VisBal on July 16, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    @ Narayanan8: I agree with most of what you said. However, the very fact that a captain could not just complain about a decision, but criticise the umpiring in the match and get away speaks volumes about the ICC and its (lack of) spine. These are not the role models we need for our future generations. Regarding Harper "complaining" to the ICC, the incident happened after the match was over so could not be included in the match report. It is up to the Match Referee to take cognisance and action. Creditably, Harper has waited weeks for the ICC to do something, and only gone public after they were found wanting. No player anywhere is above the game. Criticism of umpires or their decisions is definitely a violation of the Spirit of the Game and shows lack of character. Playing a Sport does not make one a Sportsman.

  • Wozza-CY on July 16, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    Question; Do teams behave like this because they are number 1 or do they get to number one because they behave like this?

  • Wozza-CY on July 16, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    What's this?...an article about sledging? I thought it was only the Aussies who did that?? Amazing amount of responses to what is a good article, I suppose that's what happens when the Indian team or individuals are criticised. It's ironic that for the last 15 years the Oz teams have been villified for their behaviour by most, but in particular the Indian fans and now they are justifying the same poor behaviour because that's what the Aussies have been doing for years. Hypocrits.

  • Pankaj_INDIA on July 16, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    east or west, DHONI IS THE BEST. we will support our captain, no matter what. and just to let you all foul mouthed people know, Dhoni's on and off field behavior is much better than ponting's and former captains of that country. Dhoni is one of the nicest gentlemen around in the cricketing circles. he is simply THE BEST.

  • Doogius on July 16, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    So, judging by the comments here - when Harper had a 96% success rate and was top of the ICC pile of umpires, he's an umpire. Now that Dhoni has had a shot and he's replied, he's a racist Aussie with an ongoing prejudice against India. Reading some of this, the one thing that really comes across is the fact that Indians are so precious about India - its hilarious. Personally, I think the average Indian doesn't feel they deserve the no. 1 ranking, so if anyone dare suggests there not the best, or perfect, or they've done wrong - its time to bring out the racism card all guns blazing. Honestly, if you want to lead the world, first you have to act like it. Complaining you got back to your [fully paid for] 1st class hotel in the carribean 30 minutes late is a bit 3rd world eh :)

  • on July 16, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    Mr. Harper, Dhoni is absolutely right in his comments and criticism. Aussie cricketers and Umpires have set much lower standards, I don't think any player or Umpire from other countries would ever touch those low standards of brinkmanship.

  • farkin on July 16, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    i see the Indians are on the warpath again

  • inder2yk on July 16, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Dhoni did right, wel done dhoni ........

  • inder2yk on July 16, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    I think ausis are fool......

  • sm77e on July 16, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    It is time to rename ICC to BCCI. Ha ha.

  • jessiedog on July 16, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    Interseting comments about the article here? 9 mistakes you say, DRS showed that he only made 1!, incorrectley given out 40 times you say.... yet the one nation that rebukes the use of DRS is .....India, you have no right to complain about the injustices of umpiring devisions if you wont embrace Technology!!

  • avmd on July 16, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    NO Dhoni can't be punished, although he deserved to, he is Inidia's captain. Punishing him was not "cost effective" for ICC, who cares about the rules, its money, stupid.

  • Blokker on July 16, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    Let's face it, the top team in the world is usually the moast arrogant. The Aussies certainly were during their long reign, same with the Windies. The behaviour of England under Fletcher in 2005 was often disgraceful. It's no surprise - the best team has an aura of self-belief and arrogance built on winning, so they push the boundaries of decency whenever they can. It just happens to be India's turn to be the ratbag team of cricket, that's all. It won't last forever, it never does.

  • maddy20 on July 15, 2011, 23:53 GMT

    At all those saying he got 96% of the decisions right, Calculate this. I have counted 5 bad decisions by harper. Care to explain how 35/40 correct decisions amounts to 96% correct decisions? Hell even 3 decisions that he got wrong in the second innings means 92.5% accuaracy.

  • Stevo_ on July 15, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    India think they run cricket, yet they don't even understand the game. Just look at the fans comments here saying Dhoni was right, fighting fire with fire etc. He is just a player the umpire is the umpire and should be shown respect, something Dhoni and the BCCI know nothing about. They think money can buy everything. Go back to your IPL India and the leave the real cricket to the men. You've never understood cricket and you never will.

  • indian.indian on July 15, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    @Pirki :Dhoni is not even in the team against somerset. And it is only day one on a flat track which was designed for strauss to have some runs and get some kind of form ..

    If weather and toss dont play a major role, it going to be very good test series..

  • on July 15, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    SEEMS AS THOUGH DHONI AND MISHRA WANTS TO PLAY AND BE UMPIRES IN THE SAME GAME.Dqn't they know that the rules don't allow that?They opted not to use the referral system.

  • cricchic on July 15, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    How can people say Dhoni did nothing wrong, He cannot make a comment like that.."If the correct decisions were made the game would have finished much earlier and I would have been in the hotel by now," We all know that all teams suffer as a result of incorrect decision from time to time, but to drag it on and make a statement like that is not professional..Added to that he says "We've had problems with you before, Daryl" Who is Dhoni to say that to an umpire, he is out of place and out of line.....

  • Sri1967 on July 15, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    It's sad to see that this great game is moving towrads southwards due to the monopoly of BCCI. Umpires stepping down, past great cricketer moving out of ICC's just a cricket committee, ICC President selection rotation policy getting change etc. All these are happening thanks to BCCI's money power and hope this game will survive at least another century. There's no 2 words that India's present team is one of the best in games history but they need to get more deciplined including captain cool. Seniors like Rahul, VVS, Sachin has to lead and mould the rest to play with Spirit of the Game. God bless Cricket !!!

  • pirki on July 15, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    see what is happening against someret Mr world Champs. Dhoni's nose will be in dust

  • pirki on July 15, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Dhoni be aware! things will change. don't be arrogant ur nose will be in the dust soon. cant see ponting. come on englishman teach this himachal ignorant what you taught ponting as they are not playing with pakistan otherwise they would have got their lesson

  • on July 15, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    I strongly feel the Rise of Indians is being viewed as threatening to some Western and Developed Nations.. With due respect to legends of Australian Cricketers - how many of them have been reprimanded or spoken about their of their on field behaviour. ??. how many of them have condemned publicly the umpiring or players attitude - several.. !!! We would have to search Archives to see how many times has Daryl spoken against Western Nation players..there are some people who carry bias against a certain sect of people..and at time their skills in a particular domain gets a backseat and pre set mind set gets them to comment in a way which might call for a Racist attitude..I wish all the best to Daryl in his life post his Umpiring life..and I sincerely hope he doesn't get to deal with anybody from the Subcontinent in his future endeavours..

  • SachinLara1 on July 15, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    so according to harper a team fails to accept DRS should be punished with 9wrong decisions....technology should only help umpires shoudnt overtake them...thats wat v say...

  • mamamiya on July 15, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    How many time Sachin Tendulkar given wrongly out by Umpire more than 40 times in his career. Specially West Indian Umpire Mr.?? and some other Umpire.

  • nandydesikan on July 15, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    I stand by Dhoni for taking on fire with fire. How many times Stuart Broad has been overlooked for his ugly dissents, not to mention a few other Australian and England cricketers(Glenn Mcgrath, Shane Watson). When a sub continent team stands up and fights for equality, Harper comes back says "lack of spirit". Had any Indian umpire did the same to an Australian or English player, what would have happened, certainly no songs of heroism from the western media. I think these guys are trying to cloud the apparent dislike of England and Australia towards an unbiased system. Its good ICC has not taken any action against Dhoni. Its the 21st century for crying out loud.DRS system is not 100% effective, BCCI stood up for this and opposed it because they felt it was not fully efficient yet. I think Harper was wrong in such an outburst.

  • getsetgopk on July 15, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    "Some people are posing themselves as Indian when they are not and they are trying to convince others by saying "and I am an Indian"... wouldn't be surprized if some indian fan jumps in saying this whole story is a conspiracy by espncricinfo against india and dhoni

  • on July 15, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    @Narayanan8 : you post the most valuable comment.... I agree with you...!

  • KTiwari on July 15, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    Those, who think Harper is good then please request ICC to appoint him for your bilater series not involving India. Enjoy his excellent umpiring. We don't want him.

  • Mr.CHAMP on July 15, 2011, 14:37 GMT


  • on July 15, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Dhoni had the guts which previous captains lacked.Come on India--applaud.

  • cric-maestro on July 15, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    @LL WHO ARE CRITICIZING DHONI: Get a life people..who cares what harper thinks...ICC cant do anything about that.. as simple as that..

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 15, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    @WIfan1981 why bring sachin here? And when did he hold the press conf to berate the umpire. Get over with it. @AnaghaMohan Agree with you. He gave bad decisions not one or two times but atleast 3 times succesively and the indian players were fined for showing their dissent. But he expects the players to come and apologize for what ?for his mistakes?

  • on July 15, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    @WIfan1981 Oh come on. Don't get me started on Lara. He used to have constant problems with on-field umpires. There were many instances when he approached the umpires and had something to say. Especially, when he was captain, in case you have forgotten, just walk back the memory lane and check out what happened, last time India was in West Indies, Lara was captain and if I recall correctly, he snatched the ball from Umpire's hands. Get your facts right, dude and don't name Sachin and Ponting in the same sentence when it comes to on-field behavior, press conferences and spirit of the game.

  • -VJ- on July 15, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Those all backing Harper and talking all non sense about money power of BCCI can take some rest...Harper has just found a great reason to kick up a controversy stay in news after retiring....He has done so many stupids things including saying "shut up" (signals) to an India player who was appealing for LBW....now he can cool his heels along with his mate Darrell Heir in australia....both of them were always against sub continent teams. Remember Heir's no balling against Murali...

  • Naresh2 on July 15, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    A 5 minute rant from Punter, and Aleem Dar does not see the need to say a word. A one liner from MSD, and we have 30 lines of boo-hoo. But yeah, the ozzies nevertheless remain the tough guys around - here, there and everywhere. :):)

  • nadu_1975 on July 15, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Whatever wrong decisions were or are being done by the on field umpires, players or even captains have no business to target them during or after the match. Just remember the time when there were home umpires officiating for home matches(Pre nuetral umpires). So Mr Dhoni and Co are getting a bit smart up there. Mr Dhoni please play your stuff and leave the rest for the ICC to sort it out.

  • WIfan1981 on July 15, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    The attitude of the Indian players and thier board is becoming as horrible as that of the #1 Austrailian team that the whole world berated as juvinle and ungentlemanly! I agree that Harper's Umpiring has been questionable in the past and am glad too see his back but I must asked why were the West Indian players punished and the Indian players are allowed to bring the game into disrepute.

    Lets look at Lara and Chanderpaul & how they conduct themselves when they are given a bad desision.

    Lets not look to people like Tendulkar and Pointing who will hold a press conference to berate the umpire when they are given out wrongly.

    Miistakes happen, and have always been part of the game

    But poor conduct should never be tolerated.

  • nauty_guy on July 15, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    Harper, its all over now.. bubbye.... Good work MS Bhai... and we want to see such strong responses to all the people, who are stating INDIA would loose the England Series.. Its time again, to shut their mouths with our performance.. We showed these people,showing our class in winning the 2011 World Cup. Time to show it again.. GO INDIA..

  • JawadSyed on July 15, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Harper got a rough treatment at the hands of the indian cricketers. Read details @ http://cricblogger.wordpress.com/

  • Dismayed on July 15, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    This is typical Indian hypocracy. It is because of their disgracful umpires for years that we went to neutral umpires. India do not use the technology because they know it will highlight their disgracful over appealing and childish antics afterwards. Umpires have always made mistakes 96% is amazingly good. India need to pull their heads in. Amazing to see critism here of umpires instead of holding the millionaire cricketers accountable for their behaviour and dishonorable actions.

  • AnandaZaman on July 15, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    The batsman and the captain should only be punished when and if the umpire was right. If they r not right in making their decisions Umpires shd be criticised as any other person in the society. Period!

  • Narayanan8 on July 15, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    Hi, Its going beyond a point for discussion. I respect Daryl definetely, but he should make his report to ICC and not to public. So as Dhoni has to think before he says anything ot public, eventhough we have the freedom to speak. If Dhoni is not convinced with the field umpires decision either he should opt for UDRS or he should make appeal to ICC for wrong decisions or umpiring and not to the media, who just wants some news. And the comment made by Dhoni on Daryl is absolutely non-sense and Daryl should have complained about it immediately to Match referee and not now in media, which makes people think he wants publicity. The dignity of the umpiring profession is going down not just because of umpires, but also because of players, media and technology. No technology is 100% so as the umpires. Its time to get on with the game and teams, not on individuals. Its a team game afterall. To conclude, Iam not justifying either Daryl Harper or Dhoni, but cricket should be given fair treatment.

  • on July 15, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Does no-one remember that neutral umpires were brought in simply because of the bias from the subcontinent umpires?

  • Rahul_Paharia on July 15, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Harper talks about Amit Mishra. In the last test Kirk Edwards was given out when the ball hit his helmet. He also did the same things that Amit Mishra did. Touched his helmet and expressed disappointment before leaving. He was not fined, not even reprimanded. Just one more example of the bias of referees and umpires against players of the subcontinent.

  • AnaghaMohan on July 15, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Strange!! what Daryl says, Amit Mishra did not show same contrition as the other two guys did. Why don't he(Daryl) show the same expected contrition that he is expects from others(Amit). Why can't he show same remorse to what he did to India(umpiring errors/blunders) time and again? And the same applies to the Code of Conduct-he expects payers to abide by the code but what about his own conduct. When,Mukund went half way down to appeal, Umpire Ian Gould could have drawn Dhoni's attention, what matter on the planet made Daryl to admonish Dhoni. It shows how fair is Daryl to India or Indian players for that matter.

  • YorkshirePudding on July 15, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    @agsankar, get real are you going to say hand on hear that every decision you make is 100% correct? 96% accuracy is pretty good, and no human will ever be 100% accurate, niether will any machine made by a human.

  • on July 15, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    To be fair no umpire can be reasonably expected to be right 100% of the time. The bad feelings among players arise when an umpire is making glaring errors quite often. It is the incidence and frequency of dubious decisions that push a team (or a captain) to the brink. Its a rare occurrence but generally there is so much weightage in the allegations that no one seems to be genuinely interested in bringing the matter of breach of discipline to a head. In this particular instance, if the umpire felt too aggrieved he could have reported the offence. That he didn't do so is partially tantamount to his own culpability. Expecting now that the captain should have been charged is rather vague.

  • diwa11 on July 15, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    Welcome to the new age of Indian Domination in international cricket. Daryl, please remember the days when Australia where on top and the infinite number of times they got away for their behavior and even for small small issues the 'Asian' (India, SL, PAK) teams where pulled up. Now its time for rest of the world to face the music. So don't take it personal - It's all part and parcel of the game.

  • CharuDutt on July 15, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Mr. Harper, we don't really care about 96% (and I sincerely doubt the accuracy). It is those remaining % that you have smothered India's chances. Especially Sachin! We would fear more about you than the Aussie bowlers. This should have had happened a long time back.The difference now is that our opinions do matter. So please wake up and retire peacefully.This does not mean I am condoning players comments. But I guess they were speaking their mind - as well as for people like me.

  • _Pog_ on July 15, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    The DRS gives teams the opportunity to challenge an umpire's decision on the field. Any team that doesn't support the DRS has no grounds to whinge about umpiring mistakes after the game.

  • first_slip on July 15, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    @Baundele, "It is good that players like Sanga and Dhoni are courageous enough to talk the truth" get a life man, sanngakkara never criticized umpires anywhere,remember the Rudi kurtzan incident, sanga didnt say a wod, inpact had dinner with rudi after the match...sanga is a gentlemen...bt other guy you mentioned is typically over confident ( i dont say country name)

  • Karthik_indiancricket on July 15, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Dear all, dont try to prove indians are wron... all the world r know about the indians and their nature... so please all shut... we just play it as a game,...

  • Silloh on July 15, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Dhoni ,punished for what ? This last test series between India and WI was played in the true spirit of the game. We lost by one test but we did not see any arrogant side from Dhoni. If umpire Harper was offended, after 96 tests he should know better to use the disciplinary system in place and deal with the matter properly, following due process. What does he want - public sympathy ? No wonder the players sometimes go this route too as a person of standing like Harper choses to deal with the matter in the press rather than through the ICC. may be on reflection he will see that he was short of his ground and not run out !.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on July 15, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    If what Dhoni said is true, it is unacceptable. Such behaviour was nasty in the past and it is just as nasty now and I refuse to support nasty and it is a shame some people are willing to support nasty just because it is their filth.

  • on July 15, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    i think enough is enough now ICC and BCCI should realize that to be a world champion doesn't mean you humiliate umpires and create you monopoly at international level . and i am also very surprised on the way ICC respond against MS Dhoni by giving him no plenty

  • SouthPaw on July 15, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Harper should recognize that we are not playing Test cricket in the 19th century when an umpiring error could have been dismissed as an error. Test cricket is highly professional and an umpiring indiscretion can cost the professional life and livelihood of a player. Umpires are not gods, they are humans - therefore accept their mistakes, discharge their duties without ego, accept UDRS rulings and try to correct oneself. Harper talks about Amit Mishra not apologizing to him. Did Harper apologize to Suresh Raina after the great blunders?

  • Nutcutlet on July 15, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    I deplore the assertion that Daryl Harper (or any elite international umpire) is biassed - sure, he'll have made mistakes, being human. Worse, I strongly object to those (whose views seem to get plenty of oxygen in these threads) seem to have it that the world is against Dhoni and the Indian test team, who can do, and have done, no wrong. All I detect is a paranoia that sometimes has racist undertones (Now, having mentioned 'racist', I wonder if this comment will pass through the filter?).

  • Marsh_aussie on July 15, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Dhoni & Indians doesnt have any moral right to speak about umpiring having not able to produce a half-decent umpire since Mr. Venkatraghavan quit umpiring. Instead they put forth umpires like Amit Saheba & Hari haran who are probably the worst umpires in the world. I even remember an Indian Umpire giving Jadeja out after he nicked to first slip and then scratched his head and let Jadeja to bat. So stop crying foul about umpires Dhoni. Drink some more milk and grow up man.

  • on July 15, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    There is no doubt in my mind that the ICC is failing to carry out its duties and responsibilities to a wonderful game and this incident is a perfect example. The statement by Dave Richardson indicating that Darryl Harper's record in games involving India were 96% correct, higher than other international umpires is significant and I think his detractors need to understand this. Darryl Harper has been good for the game for many years and I for one am sorry that he has seen fit to make the decision to retire from the game sooner than intended. No one should be bigger than the game and Dhoni, who is a player that I have admired for a long time, needs to fully understand this. As captain of the Indian national team he should be setting the example for the other members of the team and any discretions on his part need to be dealt with bearing this in mind. The overriding fact remains the inability of the ICC making decisions, no matter who the individual is, to rectify this growing problem.

  • on July 15, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Dhoni was wrong when he criticized Harper and he should have been disciplined. Umpires are human and human beings commit mistakes sometimes. ICC has a process to ensure that only the best umpires continue to remain on the Elite Panel. The not-so-good ones will eventually be moved out of the panel (and Harper was on his way out already). When there is an established process, Dhoni's outburst appears odd and inappropriate.

  • on July 15, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    @shanwarriors I agree to your view. I also think that Daryl is trying to get some publicity. Why did he wait so long and also not lodge a complaint Match referee? He did not do his duty, now he is blaming BCCI/ICC for not doing theirs.

  • on July 15, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    I am an hardcore Indian fan, If I believe what Harper says (of course I have to Preamble 2-MCC Laws) then I find Dhoni guilty of braking at least 3/7 preambles of MCC Laws. I only have 1 thing to say as an hardcore Indian Fan. Australia lost because of arrogance after years of roost at the top... let us not follow the same path and get kicked out prematurely. By the rate we are going we would follow the suite soon. I am worried about England Series.

  • beingsharih on July 15, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    I am very sure ppl who r posing to b Indian with their comments n criticising Dhoni are not Indians. They may b an aussie or someone else n posing to b Indian out here. Make 1 wrong decision which effects the match and claim that it was 1 wrong decision out of 50 appeals giving a success rate of 98% but whts d use of having 98% right decision if 1 wrong decision has changed the game on its head. Dhoni has led the team in over 100 ODIs and 25 tests but till date only Haarper has been complaining abt him, y not other umpires. Coz everyone knows he is a sensible guy and knows whts d spirit of the game. IF dhoni ws wrong, we Indians wud hav definitely disagreed wid him....but FYI...Dhoni has never been wrong till now and will never b wrong. He goes to Srisanth to calm him while he is bowling. WHY??? COZ dhoni knows...wht exactly is the spirit of the game.

  • on July 15, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Indians are always right...........

  • on July 15, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Dhoni's public expression of his ire against the umpiring is in downright bad taste And his reported intimidating remark to Harper needs to be investigated further

    Whats amusing is that Dhoni blamed the umpire when the Indians had preferred an umpire's judgement over the DRS and did not opt for it They should have had the courage to face the consequences of that decision without squealing but true to type they bawled their way to the media and got no sympathies in return from anyone outside of the Indian supporters

  • concerned_cricketer on July 15, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    "Indians always come up with something to say..."

    There are 1200 million of them with as many opinions. So please stop using this collective term for opinions you don't like. Please use phrases like 'some indians' or 'many Indains' or 'a lot of indian fans on thsi forum' or something like that. Or else it will be as meaningless as saying 'Europeans hate the euro..' when you mean to say 'a good proportion of the English people.. hate the euro'.

  • ashes61 on July 15, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    Hoping for an incident-free Eng-India series but if some of these comments reflect the general opinion among India fans or - let us hope not - among any of their players, then we have big trouble coming up. Please, India fans: read the preamble to the Laws of the game, including Law 1. If any of you had read this, you would understand entirely Harper's comments. I have always admired the love & deep knowledge of cricket among Indians, but things are clearly changing fast. Could it be that with a successful international team, a huge, rampant media, a money-rich administration, an undue influence at the ICC, an obsession with cheap, instant-gratification type of contrived excitement provided by endless T20, there is a feeling it is time for India to flex it's new found international muscle? Clearly, millions of new "fans" who really know nothing of the intricate subtleties of the game have arrived. The need for absolute vigilance on behavioural problems in the game is now acute.

  • BigDataIsAHoax on July 15, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    ....And regarding 96%. Why don't you tell us whether it's 96% out of 1000 decisions or 10 decisions? Let's calculate if it's statistically significant.

  • Pankaj_INDIA on July 15, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    @ From-Chennai: with your regular sensible comments, you have got a big fan in me..:) very rightly said and i m sure all these barking against indians will not respond to such wise comments, because they know india is not wrong, other teams are paying for what they did earlier when they were ruling the roost for decades..@Somalmighty_UK: absolutely true. many calling themselves as indians, who are actually non indians and trying to prove we are wrong. utter nonsense. india can no more be fooled people, take a break. WE ARE HERE TO STAY, HERE TO RULE!!!

  • shanwarriors on July 15, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    Should have reported to match referee immediately. It looks Darly is trying to get some publcity out of this.

  • agsankar on July 15, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    It think Harper and others who talk about 96% accuracy in decisions are missing the point. My question is since when it became alright to have 4% of the umpiring decisions inaccurately while the player are expected to be at impeccable behavior and angels 100% of the time. When a sport is played at such competitive spirit, I guess it is fair to ask the umpires to get their acts together and get their decisions 100%. Harper should get over it and move on. Ask your self Mr Harper, when players where not right they got punished, when you were not right what happened to you until you withdrew yourself from the play.?

  • mravikiran on July 15, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Dhoni contributed to ousting Ganguly, now he is contributing to oust Sehwag. Dhone is arrogant.

  • on July 15, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    Indians always come up with something to say that they are right and the others are wrong...

  • concerned_cricketer on July 15, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    I am an Indian fan. I believe Dhoni's comments were inappropriate this time. I can udnerstand that he probably disagreed with Harper's view about when Abhinav ran onto the pitch. He probably had the opinion that Harper was making a mountain out of a molehill. But despite his opinion the criticism he made of Harper's decision making crossed the line. If he had simply stated that he was disappointed with the quality of umpiring, it would have been sufficient and he would have retained the moral high ground as well. But the aggressive comments such as he would have been back earlier in the hotel expresses disdain for aspects of cricket that need to be repsected and therefore he should have been given a warning. You don't necessarily have to be in love with every umpire but you have to show respect for every one of them. There are other ways of respectfully saying you disagree with their style of umpiring.

  • on July 15, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Is Daryl the bible of truth? who knows what happenned in the middle? I don;t give a damn abt Dhoni or abt Daryl- all I care like most people is cricket. Now don't give us the old story abt 'spirit of cricket'. The spirit of cricket was thrown out of the window when Trevor Chappell on his brothers directive bowled underarm in 1981. Why didn;t he come out and talk abt it straight away? Why wait til he gets back to Adelaide

  • Cricket_Man on July 15, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    They don't like DRS and they criticize the umpires a lot. What do they want? Their own sub-standard umpires in International cricket?? India isn't the only team suffering from poor umpiring. Other nations suffer too. However, other teams and their media don't make such issues out of it. Lame excuses. Excuses won't help you win the series against England. India won't win a single test against England when they JUST managed to win the series against Windies.(FREE TIP) DHONI, please start thinking of excuses you'll make in England series, cause you WON'T win that series.

  • bommber on July 15, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    no game without umpires simple.do players want all decisions to be reviewed that will make it exciting[sarcasm].mr dhoni, players make more mistakes than umpires in a match please remember

  • on July 15, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    i think d whole situation has been blown out of proportion. firstly, daryl is not the man who would quit on a drop of a hat. its not first time he has been criticised. why dint he quit earlier? he knew he was pathetic in that match,so he decided 2 quit.secondly richardson justification that harper's umpiring was 96% current in india matches is unrelated bcos this issue is regarding this particular test. thirdly dhoni gave that particular statement after repeated pestering from media regarding poor decisions. So i think icc did well in handling. all this criticism for dhoni is other way of venting anger at bcci. Harper good-bye.

  • Baundele on July 15, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    It is good that players like Sanga and Dhoni are courageous enough to talk the truth. Umpiring mistakes, especially the intentional and biased ones have been giving unfair advantages o certain teams. When the umpires make mistakes, the players should have all the rights to criticize, because they are the guys that play and their achievements are denied by umpiring blunders.

  • bhaloniaz on July 15, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Its one thing to express dissent, dissatisfaction and criticize and its another thing to say "we had problem with you before". To me it looks like ICC is ok that Dhoni firing umpires if he does not like the decisions. ICC cannot be fair if they do not ban captains like these. Specially Daryl is right (Praveen was running on the wickets). Last time Srilanka visited India, Srilanka got a lot of bad decisions and lost two test(first one purely due to bad decisions). Lankan captain criticized the wrong decisions at the end of the test. It is acceptable. Indian fans remember Ponting or Viv doing similar things. I donot remember Ponting firing any umpires. For the sake of the game even indians should speakup. India does not need unfair umpiring to win games. They have a good team.

  • sharidas on July 15, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    In fact Dhoni should have been happy...remember ?..he was sent home earlier on two occassions..LOL

  • on July 15, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    If India have an issue with umpires they should have elected to us DRS.... they are pathetic, they act like children and complain at anything that doesn't got their way.

  • somalmighty_UK on July 15, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    LOL...Some people are posing themselves as Indian when they are not and they are trying to convince others by saying "and I am an Indian"...It's like " To be really honest with you" statement..Why??Are you not really honest most of the time?? I think the US president always enjoys a special treatment around the world....not that he is a saint...but he is powerful!! Once Ponting enjoyed the same..and now Dhoni...I personally feel having gone through Harper's comments that he's very egoistic and there are some Aussies/English who do want to always show their authority on Third world citizens...Mathew Hayden's comments about Ganguly (Though Ganguly never takes nonsense and he politely cited the example of the Brisbane Test when everybody failed except for Ganguly when Hayden said that Ganguly deliberately didn't play the Nagpur Test)...Ponting with Aleem Dar...McGrath and Venkatraghavan....More importantly, Harper has been a terrible umpire...

  • on July 15, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Why this umpire is uncomfortable with cricketers around the world ? Emty vessels makes noise... :)

  • emeye on July 15, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    I totally agree with IndianBornAussie:

    Posted by IndianBornAussie on (July 15 2011, 05:31 AM GMT) Indian fans should stop supporting their players and board in whatever they do and learn to call a spade a spade. All of this recent arrogance of part of Indian players and board is perhaps because Indian fans ACCEPT it if it comes from their players but cry foul if foreign players do it. Grow up Indian fans!

  • khurramsch on July 15, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    well 96% were decision are if actually right then he is good for indian BUt overall he hasnt been good recent example WC2011 pak vs canda in ODI mean 100 overs 6 decisions reversed & 4 were of him. he had bad WC2011

  • on July 15, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    For people who he say dat his decisions were 96% correct and think that it's unfair for him to be criticised....lemme tel you one thing, after d Sydney test Bucknor made a comment that he gave just 2 wrong decisions out of the 35 appeals and he has been unfairly treated....fyi let me tel you dat dis bucknor guy made India lose the match which Australia could never have won...in dis case bucknor's correct decisions rate are 94% if my calcukations are correct...but as you all know India lost d match....so grow up guys nd understand dat one critical decision in a match is really enough to spoil the play...and you Daryl, please start a new game after you've retired...go home and njoy d retirement!!!!Stop criticising India

  • on July 15, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    The Indians should stop whinghing about decisions, after all it is the Indian team that do not want technology used.Dhoni seems to think he is bigger than the game since he won the world cup.I cuold be forced to support the POMS in the upcoming test series.

  • MrPud on July 15, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    When will Dhoni become an umpire? Obviously he knows the laws and understands the spirit of the game better than anyone who is actually qualified.

  • From-Chennai on July 15, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    Many Indians do accept that our team has got some annoying adamant players, seen from a non-Indian point of view. Namely MSDhoni, Harbarjan, Zak. But the fact is we need them! not just to make others even more annoying but to give something back what we got when India was under performing with players like Venkatapathy Raju, Venkatesa Prasadh, Manoj Prabakar, Mongia and who else. Ghambir, Koli, Raina are our future. Sehwag, Tendulkar, MS, Zak are our present. So every indian will support anything that our team captain does because we Indians sponsors the present cricket. So just keep getting annoyed of our monsters, which becomes an ointment for our past sufferings....

  • on July 15, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    Ok, so let's get this straight... IF, as the ICC in it's media release say that Mr. Efficient, Darly Harper got 96 percent of his decisions right, above all umpires on ICC panel, then it would first that the other umpires are not as good as Darly and second if he was Sooooo good, why the heck did ICC remove him from the Elite panel and the 3rd test his last match as test match umpire? Something does not add up and our Darly boy knows that he is biased, incompetent and now as he has shown, immature!!

  • on July 15, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    as an Indian i am embarrassed by the behavior of BCCI and Team India, particularly worrisome to me is the fact that they are behaving in the same tyrannical way that the Aussies(and to a lesser degree English) boards and teams behaved some years back. It pains me when my fellow countrymen defend the indefensible actions of the BCCI and indian players on the flimsy ground that the revenues of cricket comes from india and always point out the behaviour of the aussies when they were ruling world cricket, i would like like to remind them that aussies were never liked by cricket lover around the world, they were tolerated as bullies who were to be feared but not to be interfered, on the other hand the west indies in their prime time were loved and respected by even by those whom they battered and bruised on the field. its time to retrospect guys and to take some corrective decisions before we become the USA of cricket whom everybody feared and hated in equal respect

  • Doogius on July 15, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    One of the most reasoned interviews I've heard in cricket for a while. Every comment that was negative was explained to the fullest. I have to be honest and suggest that I think the Oz team of 10-20 years ago is to blame. We dominated by cricket, but also created the view with our sledging that anything was fair game. We backed it up with quality 1-11. Other countries have taken the anything is fair game quite literally and do so with abandon. I'll go with one thing. Rule #1 - in the spirit of cricket - the umpire is sacrosanct. Without them, there is no cricket. Appears even that has gone out the window....

  • Bapi on July 15, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    When Daryl Harper first resigned, I felt sorry for him. But now, as he was telling all the match scenario himself, I am very happy that Dhoni shows his own place. Definitly Test match is the pinnacle of Cricket, but then newcomer can't be equated equally with experienced player as far as discipline is concerned. If it is not the case, then why first time offender gets less penalty than the second time offender.

    This again proved Aussies can't take criticism, So it is better to take rest at home. Anyway whoever having problem with BCCI, they better don't play with BCCI. BCCI only giving the same medicines, what they had received.

  • beingsharih on July 15, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Why r these ppl blowing this out of proportion. He didnt mention umpire's name, why is Harper taking this personally. Whts d penalty for umpires when they make mistake. There wrong decisions effect the result of a match. DRS has come just 1-2 yrs back, previously it was an umpire whose decisions were taken as final. No punishment for umpires when they r wrong and ppl r shouting at dhoni on his comment. @Indian bornAussie: really u r an aussie man. u all keep quite when ur players use slangs n have verbal deals wid umpires. When it comes to an Indian then u all start shouting. Ponting McGrath n many more..do u know there theatrics...lolz dont b jealous. u r just an aussie who is unable to digest the fact that u all hv been dethroned by India.

  • harshacc on July 15, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Enough with all this stuff about cricket being a gentlemen's game.If a shocker is given, the bowler has every right to ask the question why it was not given and chuck the ball to the ground in disgust.If the batsmen receive a shocker, expect glares,cuss words and lingering at the grease.If you do not react to wrong decisions, you have no business wearing your national colours.The umpires deserve respect when they get difficult decisions right.They deserve criticism when they get something wrong.Lets face it BCCI are asses for refusing DRS which would have avoided a few of these howlers but don't expect the players to pat you on the back for a howler and say "Its a tough job".BTW the match referees and officials are perfectly within their rights to call slow over rates and aggressive appealing.But have the same yardsticks for everyone.

  • viratkap on July 15, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    first of all why is it that bcci is looked at if it is a evil organization...they organized the ipl with over 70 matches with crowds puring in..jam packed stadiums match after match..on the other hand in the west indies there were 5 odis and 3 test matches where actually no one turned up..on the final day of the last test between WI and India...the entry was free..even after that only 6000 odd spectators came in.. further If the WI cricket board cannot reconcile wih GAYLE its not the fault of BCCI or IPL...and lastly if dhoni was given out on a no ball even after all the technology what does it prove...UDRS and all will come and go..but umpiring has to be made accountable...stop blaming BCCI..rather look at ways to spread the GAME and make it popular.

  • key1809 on July 15, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    This is an absolute disgraceful behaviour by Indian players,led by the Indian captain.How on earth on one hand u critisize Daryll Harper for wrong decesions,and on the other hand dont want to use UDRS.I mean it cant get more naive than this.I am an Indian, and its an utter shame when i watch these players behave the way they do.Show some grace and humility guys.Just bcause ur winning and the Board is rich,doesnt give u the right to be arrogant.

  • on July 15, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    BCCI was wrong and Ms Dhoni should have been punishd..Nobody is bigger than the game it self

  • hyclass on July 15, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    'With great power comes great responsibility'.So said Voltaire in 19th century France,to the same authoritarian abuses of power that now threaten to undermine the philosophical structures of cricket.When is it acceptable for players to impugn umpires?Never.No matter which country,it is abhorrent.When is it acceptable for a bowler of any country to run down the wicket?Never.When is it correct to run down the wicket in an intimidatory fashion towards the umpire?Never.When rules become negotiable,the consequences are devastating.Harpers 96% strike rate for correct decisions in India tests,is far above the average and one that few professionals in any sport could dream of.Once again,the UDRS was not chosen by the Indian side.There is no question that its not yet perfect and it in no way condones lesser umpiring standards.Regardless,even with technology,decisions can be almost impossible to discern.A great deal more good would accrue if Dhoni observed the honour of his office.The WI did.

  • ARIF3011 on July 15, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    Following cricket for more than 4 decades I have seen Aussies and English players getting away without even being warnd by match refrees when they tried to intimidate opposition team as well as umpires using on-field sledging openely. Can't forget Mike Slater pointed his finger into chest of Venkatraghavan when his appeal for a catch was turned down. He or his captain was never reprimanded! Daryl Harper has been biased when the game involed Indians. DRS was sheerly misused when it was first tried officially between India-Sri Lanka series some years ago. Almost every referral went against India. He favored batsman if Indians appealed, and he favored fielding side when SL appealed for the similar case. Explaination was never given why it was so. While I do not support dictatorship in the game by any team, i am happy seeing them crying when the same Aussies and English are at receiving end. What goes around comes around. Might is always Right, dude!!! It is BCCI time now.

  • M.Yamani on July 15, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    Just because its an INDIAN captain against an AUSTRALIAN umpire everyone is after DHONI's head. What about the times when umpires and referees where biased against Indian, Lankans and Pakistanis!!! Why werent the Aussies ever reprimanded for their unruly on field behaviors. Ponting, Mark Waugh, Shane Warne, Hayden all these guys were unabashed bullies who used to intimidate umpires and players and would argue profusely, on-field against decisions!!! Yet nothing was made of it!!! And when Dhoni says something, after the match has ended, in a post match press conference everyone wants him punished!!!!

  • kumsie on July 15, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Interestingly dhoni never told that had hardper made all his decisions right the test match would have been over earlier . In such a scenario, both the umpires should have felt bad. Currently only harper is doing all the talk why? which clearly specifies that who was at fault .

  • on July 15, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    96% times Mr .Harper has been correct ,this well may be the decisions which did'nt needed decision making at all ,lol,but the point here is that whenever any decision demands some work then Mr Harper just go all wrong and drop that percentage rate to 10% .

  • Meety on July 15, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    @GrassBanks - Harper made ONE decision that in the ENTIRE test that went against India, (all other decisions were proven correct & there was only ONE other decision that was too close to tell). There was also ONE decision that went India's way -- -- -- So many ill-informed comments on this site I have to laugh as one of the criteria of sending a comment is that there is a requirement for accuracy! Clearly this depends on the moderator!!!!

  • nickcarter80 on July 15, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    Sachin has played more matches and have achieved lot more things than Dhoni. But I have never seen such pathetic behavior from Sachin. That's why he is a great played and Dhoni is not. Dhoni needs to learn how to control himself before controlling others. Please don't humiliate India.

  • truebleue_cricfan on July 15, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    So all Harper needs is an apology. Fine, let the players do that. They can abuse the umpires, pressurize him, argue with him, question him during the match and apologize after the match ends (Broad, Ponting et al). That solves the problem, doesn't it?

    Dhoni and his men didn't apologize, so they become the bad ones. What about serial offenders like Broad and Ponting who almost always argue with umpires and get away with it? I think Harper was looking for an apology to soothe his battered ago, not for the sake of any spirit of the game. He didn't get it, and decided to take it out on the Indians. Like many others before, who just cant digest the fact that the Indians call the shots now, whereas it used to be the Englishmen and Aussies who were the bullies 20 years back.

    It's a bit rich, Harper talking about treating everyone the same way when it is clear that the people who transgress repeatedly (read Broad, Ponting) get away scot free, their deeds just buried under the carpet. W

  • Mannix16 on July 15, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    *sigh* Looks like MS Dhoni's Indians attitudes are turning into the Waugh's Aussies attitudes. Its what being at the top can turn you into. Pity, I never would of thought this could happen, especially since the Indians were the number 1 critics of the Aussies. Oh have the tables turned

  • Tamil_SL on July 15, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    Harper always had issues with Sub-con teams including Pak and SL. Why are SL and Pak fans supporting him now? Hopefully a better umpire will take his place in the panel.

  • on July 15, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    96% correct decision but how many were the crucial ones which accounts for a win or loss for the game? Can we have the statistics for the same too? where those 4% decision which went wrong were crucial. even a wide and no-ball is being counted on the decisions. So please dont support an apartheid Harper.. Its a long history of rough weathers between him and India.

    My question to all and ICC in particular is why, an umpire is being given a supreme authority that his conduct on the field cant be questioned? Why the umpires are not made accountable for their work. if a captain is fined or a team is fined for certain errors and behavior the Umpires should be fined from their match fees for every error they make.

  • ArjunVS on July 15, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    There is ABSOLUTELY no doubt that Dhoni was way out of line with his comment at the post match press conference. It showed a deep lacking of grace, of class, of "cricket" and more than anything else, of arrogance. This is also manifested ever so often when our players and captain fail to tank the opposition and the crowd at post match presentations. Our players are also the most "potty" mouthed on the field - and the captain does little to set his house in order.

    Being gracious and dignified costs little, but goes a very long way.

    Dhoni has been a very lucky captain, not necessarily the best, and he has received great accolades. But the Gods (cricketing or otherwise) and their grace can be very fickle, and Dhoni would do well to keep that in mind.

  • Prats6 on July 15, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    This is a bad episode for the Indian team and MS was clearly out of line when criticizing the umpire. The Indian fans & media must realize to call a spade a spade and not blow everything out of proportion.

  • johnathonjosephs on July 15, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    Daryl Harper was actually a great umpire of this period, regardless of what many Indian fans are saying. I thought on a track where bounce/swing was all inherent and when so many times the ball beat the bat, Daryl Harper did an outstanding (and i'm not saying mediocre, but OUTSTANDING) job umpiring, and that can be shown by what the ICC deemed him "96%" correct. India, on the other hand, showed very poor spirit of the game, shouting and appealing for almost anything (which Harper correctly turned down). In fact, INdians put a lot of pressure on the umpires in this series and some key West Indians were given out wrongly (along with one or two Indians). What really got me angry was that Dhoni complained about "bad umpiring" when the umpiring was definetely above average AND because he complained Harper was thrown out of the 2nd test. Who is Dhoni to be given power to kick out Umpires that he does not like? This only proves BCCI's power has gone too far in this game

  • toosmart_goldie on July 15, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    This is happening because now slowly the Indian team is getting aggressive which was not the case earlier.Now this is not going down well with some people like the Aussies who had been dominating the World Cricket for more than 2 decades.Well done guys and keep it up but keeping in mind your limits.

  • Naveed85 on July 15, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Dhoni should be banned. how can he say that to umpire icc was very fast in banning Asif, Amir and salman butt but now they are ingoring Dhoni's mistake

  • gzawilliam on July 15, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    All this stems from the ICC removing more and more control from the umpire.. Since this DRS has been in place the respect for umpires has dropped alarmingly. And could of been prevented as easy as not giving the players control of referalls.. its their job to play the game and the umpires job to officiate. When you get players disagreeing with a decision and going above the on field umpire to ask the 3rd umpire you are losing the structure of authority.

    I think the ICC needs to appoint an ex military officer as the head of the ICC. As someone with that background would never let the players get so powerful and so demanding int he first place..

    How ever good Dhoni is as a captain his "spirit of cricket " rating in my eyes has always been low. To say such things to an umpire like he said to harper is just plain wrong and needs to punished. He basically challenged harper's integrity as a person and as an umpire. How anyone can stand up for MSD after that is beyond me.

  • GrassBanks on July 15, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    This shows up Daryl to be even more immature than thought of previously. Did Aleem Dar go public with what transpired between him and Ponting? A captain is asked at the press conference if he was happy at the decisions that were made and he says "not really" with some sarcasm, and that's against the spirit of the game? This is ridiculous. He did not mention Daryl explicitly, so you have to assume Ian Gould should have been just as bothered? Daryl is just angry he made too many mistakes and someone had the gall to criticise that. Sorry, but if you can't take any criticism at all, then you should stay at home and not go out at all.

  • on July 15, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Well,it is due to powers of BCCI which is shifting in minds of not only Dhoni but new players such as Munkud so future will see more such incidents.This is harsh and this article makes you feel that Dhoni uses Indian media to hit or make fit individuals or players.

    That should be stopped as due to BCCI, other boards are feeling insecure and also due to Dhoni, now officials and managements are feeling same so that ruins reputation of game as i like Dhoni a lot as a leader but this makes me feel like Indian team and Board is using its Power to negativities.

  • on July 15, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Maddy20, the one "blabbering" is you. Did you not read the quote from David Richardson of the ICC? "In an ICC media release to explain my withdrawal from the third Test, ICC Manager, Cricket Operations David Richardson wrote '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'. If this type of support had been forthcoming before the horse had bolted, I would have stayed and officiated in my 96th Test match." Are the Indian supporters still (as always) missing the point?

  • Salim_123 on July 15, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    I feel this time the limlit was croseed. Nevermilnd how good Dhoni is as a captain does not allow him to dictate terms. Again it is not his fault it is the BCCI who has allowed this rot in cricket. I have mentioned several times in my comments that BCCI is untouchable and as long as the money is flowing nobody is giong to do anything about the situation and this will continue. Shame on ICC on one side they are penalizing players for matchfixing on the other side they are looking at the other way when such incidents take place. Umpires decision should be respected whatever the case. No wonder India is scared of UDRS.

  • IndianBornAussie on July 15, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    Indian fans should stop supporting their players and board in whatever they do and learn to call a spade a spade. All of this recent arrogance of part of Indian players and board is perhaps because Indian fans ACCEPT it if it comes from their players but cry foul if foreign players do it. Grow up Indian fans!

  • KP_84 on July 15, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    Captain's trying to intimidate umpires is nothing new. It's been going on for decades. Ponting used to do this sort of thing all the time when he was the Aus captain, and on some occasions he wasn't as polite as Dhoni was. I don't recall him being punished on any of those occasions either. In Australian sport, particularly in AFL football, players would never behave in this way (not in the modern era, any way) because they know that they wouldn't escape suspension for behaving like that.

  • on July 15, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    When will Daryl be punished.... Please say ICC needs to cut India's interference. I would BCCI needs to cut Politicians interference.... A rule should be passed as to only allow Ex-Players to be in Board

  • mils2211 on July 15, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    Our troubled neighbors should keep quite.

    Dhoni is right, the standard of umpiring has dropped down ever since the inclusion of UDRS. Harper is holding grudges against Indian team, he should have made it clear that day itself. He chose to keep umpiring and give biased decisions against Indian teams.

  • crickstats on July 15, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    the arrogant Dhoni and his men will be taught a tough lesson, just because they won the WC, it doesn't mean they could walk over anybody, its a cricketing shame, and if ICC doesn't act, only India and its proxies will be left to play cricket

  • on July 15, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    96 % right decisions ,do they know how to calculate

    but having said that Dhoni is wrong to crticize,

    men bound to make mistakes ,BCCI is at fault for not accepting DRS

    Harper is gud umpire ,no second thoughts

  • Venki_indian on July 15, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Why so much noice against india guys...he is not a good enough umpire and retired...

  • on July 15, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Even if dhoni criticized him.. It was upto the point.. He made so many uncompromising mistakes , those 'd have lead to india's defeat...Any way harper is not a good umpire,....

  • Impactzone on July 15, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    Disrespect towards umpires is not on. Sulky players need to harden up as they are not the ones in charge of a game. Dissent gets a red card in other sports.

  • oojj on July 15, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    I think even Dhoni should have lodged an official complaint against Harper,He should not have done,what he did.he should have learned from Harper who straight away started giving warnings to Praveen, Human makes mistakes but they say sorry also and try to learn from there mistakes.They don't say that they are entitled to make mistakes.I think Dhoni must have learned from his mistake,But Harper learned nothing from his as we can see from this article.

  • Dr.Hasan on July 15, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    Daryl is a good decent umpire. Sad to see him go, that too on the whims of a people who are nothing more than cash hungry bullies. Best of luck Mr. Harper.

  • crick.nick on July 15, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Dhoni did nothing wrong, he wasn't criticizing Harper. Dhoni said what harper did, he made wrong decision, Harper used India not using DRS as an excuse that if drs was used he would have got only one wrong decision not nine which proves that he was careless in umpiring. DRS does not give any umpire the license to make wrong decision. I think the ICC should investigate his comments rather than dhoni's.

  • crick.nick on July 15, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Dhoni did nothing wrong, he wasn't criticizing Harper. Dhoni said what harper did, he made wrong decision, Harper used India not using DRS as an excuse that if drs was used he would have got only one wrong decision not nine which proves that he was careless in umpiring. DRS does not give any umpire the license to make wrong decision. I think the ICC should investigate his comments rather than dhoni;s.

  • nair_ottappalam on July 15, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    Once again money power prevails. Dhoni is leading the most (money) powerful cricket nation and that's why ICC has not taken action against him. The recent decision on UDRS by ICC was also highly influenced by BCCI. Afterall cricket is a gentleman's game and should be played in the true spirits. Such public criticism of umpires by a team captain is simply unwarranted. This is despite the fact that Windies were a more depleted side. Things would be harder in England since they are a far more better side. Any such comments from Dhoni should be taken seriously and action need to be taken. I am not justifying Harper. India had problems with Ashoka Desilva and Steve Bucknow in the past. Now both have been seen off by India. If all the batsmen were Gilchrists then there was no need of umpire at all.

  • on July 15, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Oh...Get a load of this...

  • on July 15, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Why Dhoni should be punished? Should he punished for Umpire Harper's mistakes?

  • D.V.C. on July 15, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    What is is with all the Shoulder Before Wicket comments. Why shouldn't he have been out?

  • Morgoth12 on July 15, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    While Dhoni transgressed (and must have been punished - point taken!), his actions must be viewed from the standpoint of an International Team's Captain. It's his job to fight for every inch, on the field. Anything less would be disappointing.

    This was a clear transgression by Dhoni, but his actions were not directed to Daryl personally. By refusing to officiate in the last match, Daryl has managed to create a monster out of Dhoni who is the mildest man you'll ever meet ( I was his schoolmate).

    ICC didn't punish Dhoni, so he took a premature break from the game - fair enough! But he shouldn't act as accuser and judge both, especially when he has the emotional support of cricket fans throughout the world, including India.

  • on July 15, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    I think Harper has a point and Dhoni's comments were wrong. But I guess what harper is currently doing is that he is making all this noise to gain publicity. He was anyways retiring a match later.....maybe there is a book waiting to be published.

  • on July 15, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    the problem is harper likes cheap publicity so I can beleive him, let him show the proof then we can comment on Dhoni, BCCI and ICC.

    For now enjoy cricket

  • on July 15, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    hmm... Indian team has a history of bad decisions going against it, now when they are officially world cup champion and number one in tests as well then it is okay that they are trying to assert themselves. Umpires are not bigger than the game, if umpire's bad decision are hurting only one team then that team has every right to complain, especially when it is following a pattern.And that pattern is bad umpiring hurts in Indian team 9 out of 10 times.

  • NS74 on July 15, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    What goes around comes around....There was a time when the English / Australians dominated the others and paid no heed to creating a level playing field. Now when the whel has turned, they cannot bear the ignominy. Atleast Dhoni is much better than the Englishman, W G Grace who overturned the umpire's decision and went on to bat saying that the crowd was there to see him bat.....Go on Dhoni..Go on India!!

  • Nick_Pats on July 15, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    Shane Warne and other Australians always expressed their dissatisfaction at decisions in a stronger fashion. If you add the not-heard-on-tv words to those animated exchanges, that looked much closer to intimidating the umpire. Umpires from the subcontinent should come forward and disclose their on field conversations with English and Australian players. Asad Rauf will have enough material to come up with a book. "...not influenced by any personalities or teams or boards" - creative interpretation...hilarious...

  • frommoonman on July 15, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    By Mr. Harper's yardstick, Pointing should never be allowed to play any cricket - Ponting's theatrics are all well-known.

  • on July 15, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    This is 21st century. Why can't a wrong be called wrong? Why can't an umpire be blamed for making wrong decisions? If you are making mistakes, cricketers can't even mention it, I think that is wrong. If ICC cannot have a system to punish umpires' mistakes, they should at least allow players to raise their complaints. Period.

  • ashish514 on July 15, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    To the people who are talking about India complaining about umpiring standards and at the same time refusing to DRS- DRS is not a system which gives on field umpires a license to make blunders. If the umpiring standards go down with that pace, we will have to use DRS for each decision in the future. And i am not against DRS, infact i fully supported it until that 2.5m thing happened. Anyway, more wrong decisions seem to go against India since they turned down DRS ( or may be its my imagination). When it happens they say "I told you- only if you had agreed to DRS mate".

    Saying that it was not right on Dhoni's part to single out Harper. I am more worried with the words he said to him on the field than what he said in press. Both the sides are wrong here at some point. I wonder if we would hear the other side of the story. Normally Dhoni doesn't believe in adding fuel to the fire, though he may sometime start it.

  • on July 15, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    when ponting lead a world cup winning team that was also the world's best test team, he spoked heartily on what ever he wanted, however he wanted. umpires went to him for making decisions for christ sake! methinks dhoni had a right to speak what he felt like.

  • on July 15, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    rules are in place, if for any reason a captain of any team has any problem, there is a match referee who has to be addressed and vice versa, first of all the match referee should be reprimanded & if not he should explain his decision. In this case the match referee has seen that the umpires were being harassed & the umpires had also pointed this out to him, then the ball is in his court to make a decision or explain his decision, neither was done. For whatever reason someone like CA should take up this matter with ICC & demand an explanation.

  • Hodra99 on July 15, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Good on you Daryl Harper! Everyone outside of India knows the ICC really stands for the Indian Cricket Council. First the DRS is changed to suit Indian requirements and now they are bullying umpires...the newer Indian players should take a leaf out of guys like Dravid and Laxman who are gentlemen of the game

  • Tamil_SL on July 15, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    why do you think all the umpires were under pressure whenever they officiated a AU match - because any wrong decision that hurt the AU side would be broadcasted in all the AU Media. What about punishing Harper for all his mistakes that have cost Asian countries matches.

  • humza_cricketer on July 15, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    I know that Daryl Harper is not one of the best umpires. But that doesn't mean that players can criticize umpires for bad decisions. ICC is becoming too soft ! They need to penalize players for inappropriate comments on umpires & other players. Cricket is a gentlemen's game.

  • on July 15, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    Time for other nations to stand up against the india's dominance in ICC.

  • ILuvTests on July 15, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    After looking at the comments, all I can say about them is that the comment shows where your sympathies lie. However, I have some views on the topic itself to share. I believe that this punishing for dissent has gone overboard. A guy has missed by a mila nad is give out, shows disbelief and is fined! Even an expression of surprise at being given out will get you a fine. Two, Mr. Harper, thank you for your feelings. But will you pause and think that Dhoni only said exactly what the words say and it was not a threat? Three the comment on the result - if Dhoni is to be punished for that, let us stop this farce of a talk of logic in what is done. I have looked at instances in the past as possible aberration from individulas. But if an umpire is now going to try and make it an India v/s Australia issue.... well!

  • Balumekka on July 15, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Its utter nonsense that many people (Indians) commenting here justify Dhoni's behavior pointing out that Harper is a poor umpire. IRRESPECTIVE OF THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF THE UMPIRE, PLAYERS HAVE TO RESPECT THE UMPIRES' DECISION AND THAT'S HOW THIS GAME HAS BEEN PLAYED SINCE ITS BEGINNING! According to Harper, Dhoni (oops... the mighty Indian captain) has clearly sledged the umpire so that ICC (oops it is run by BCCI!!!!) has to investigate in to that and if proven guilty Dhoni should be punished (oops...may be a warning, at least )!

  • annys on July 15, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    Daryl harper does not umpire in matches involving australia lucky for him coz he might have quit this world coz shame if he did, Harper wouldnt have given this comments if he was still part of the elite panel, also i feel its highly un ethical to speak out like this in the public, The point is its India's time to have some fun and we sure will :)

  • on July 15, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    God bless the Harper Soul.............

  • Vishnu27 on July 15, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    Anyone ever wonder where all the ICC Indian umpires are? Hmmm. Ponderous. There aren't any. Umpires make pretty soft & easy targets. I'm always fascinated at the fervour of India supporters. I wonder if they would be so parochial in their support if international cricket had to endure Indian umpiring again?

  • Rosey86 on July 15, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    I have to side with Harper on these issues. We are losing respect for our umpires, who along with the players, are the core component of the game. No umpire is perfect, and no player is perfect. If you treat the umpires with respect, then the umpires will treat your team with the very same respect. Race, colour, it has nothing to do with it. And no, i am not favouring any team with these remarks. All test nations are guilty of pushing the boundary when it comes to questioning umpire decisions.

  • Apoorv10 on July 15, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    Dhoni's a legend. even if harper's right about wht he says idc dhoni's still a legend. good, assertive captain.

  • Vishnu27 on July 15, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    As usual: the wholly unbiased, sound & objective Indian viewpoint holds sway. Seriously, you guys are incredible (& with highly selective memories). It won't be long before India has no opposition to play. Might does not give you right. The IPL & domestic cricket will be all you have soon. World cricket as a whole is becoming more than a little jaded with the continuing & ongoing antics that come with every India series.

  • soorajiyer on July 15, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    Dhoni was wrong! Simple and very harsh on the umpire! @Jambo22 - spot on!!!

  • on July 15, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    Why don't we change the name of ICC???

  • cricketlover4ever on July 15, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    I am sorry to say this, it shows how arrogant BCCI and players are. ICC is acting just like a puppet to BCCI. Harper I am proud of you to come out and speak the truth. Players like dhoni should learn from Sachin to how to be humble.

  • hyclass on July 15, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    If an australian transgresses the high moral standards that the game of cricket exists to promote,they will find criticism loudest here.Fanatacism for statistics doesnt exist here.Australians are interested in a tough but fair contest and respect the talent of all great players.In recent years,Watson and Ponting have occasionally lost support here based upon unacceptable behaviour,as did Slater earlier.They are ambassadors and will quickly be reminded of it.I recall the rewriting of the throwing laws to accomodate Murali.Were his action legitimate,it would have been unnecessary.Daryl Hair was subject to death threats and his career evaporated.It must be remembered that the first man to be no-balled out of test cricket for throwing was Ian Mekiff,an australian by an australian umpire.He took it with good grace.Is it too much for Daryl Harper to expect the same good grace everywhere.He is the arbitrator of standards and the spirit of cricket in all his games-if not the umpire,then who?

  • Cimfony on July 15, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    "We've had problems with you before, BCCI"

  • Vishnu27 on July 15, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    Good on you, Daryl. A man of conviction. Someone who refuses to be bullied by the might of the BCCI. For that, I have always respected you. India & the BCCI has long thought itself above the governing body of the game. This incident again serves to highlight this fact. Intimidation of an umpire has to be a fairly low ebb, even for India. Daryl Harper might not have been the greatest umpire ever, but he was a decent umpire with a true sense of moral conviction; some beyond the reach of corruption.

  • on July 15, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    India is not the god of cricket.

    Singh was guilty of intolerable racist remarks yet the ICC backed down and it ruined symonds emotionally. Tendulkar lost his mark as a man of integrity.

    And why was Darryl Hair stood down?? Because he found Pakistan guilty of ball tampering.And pakistan complained.

    How do they look at themselves..... Remember that it was the poor form of subcontintal umps that required independent umpires!!

    As for Ponting. I think you will find that he was fined each and every time...

  • peterss on July 15, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    Dhoni should have been punished big time here for failure to respect match officials. ICC is being too biased towards the Indian dressing room and BCCI. Time to make a move guys!

  • rajufer on July 15, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    "India Destroy Cricket". The quality of the game is tarnished by Indians. The cricket played by Indians cannot called cricket. It is something else.

  • drsamprasad on July 15, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    M S Dhoni is indeed a true gentleman,he didn't point out a particular name! Why did Harper had to take it on himself? Guilty feeling I suppose! And about the on field comments on By M S Dhoni, we have only Harper's word for it, so I doubt if the Indian captain will be even questioned about this as there is a lack of evidence!

  • teedee_india on July 15, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    I endorse Harper's views completely. Even though I am an Indian & support the Indian team in competitions, there is no doubt that the behaviour and reactions of some players are certainly deplorable. Have we heard of Rahul Dravid or G R Vishwanath or Sachin Tendulkar behave this way? And these people have played much longer and in more challenging environs, than Dhoni has. Basically, the present Indian team, with a few honorable exceptions, have reduced cricket to a (street?) battle from a game to be played by gentlemen. They tend to forget, at times, the 'spirit' of the game. Hope they will learn from their mistakes because all Indians do not support/endorse such tantrums and retorts/comments/threats. They would rather enjoy a good game. (take a look at the WC 1983 videos to see how players from all teams enjoyed the game and what a pleasure it is watching them play, nay, compete, as gentlemen!).

  • on July 15, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    I feel for Harper, especially given Dhonis stance on DRS. He cant have his cake his cake and eat it too. But I do not think he is a bad person or intimidator as Harper he trying to show him as. He is certainly no worse than Stuart Broads or Ponting or Haddins of this world.

  • sircarl on July 15, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    I think most of the Indian fans are missing the point. In cricket and in most other sports for that matter criticizing the umpire/referee is taken very seriously. Penalties usually follow like night follows day. It is ok to be nationalistic and sensitive about being slighted or mistreated in the past but in your hearts I know you recognize that what Dhoni did is something that a non-Indian captain would have been punished for as a matter of course.

  • on July 15, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    It is time for umpires to eject players when they are disrespectful of the game.

  • landl47 on July 15, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    If India, and Dhoni in particular, are against the use of the DRS then they MUST accept decisions the umpires make without any question, either during or after the game. They wanted the umpires to make the decisions alone, so with that comes the responsibility of accepting them with good grace. It seems the Indian board and Dhoni want it both ways- they don't want the decisions referred, but they feel entitled to complain about them. We had a phrase for that when I was playing- we called it 'poor sportsmanship'.

  • DocBindra on July 15, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Shocking, all pakistani fans, correction almost ALL pakistani fans have a problem with India and anything to do with. For those who think India has too much power, do something about it. ECB and CA had their turn, now its someone else's turn. Sure do like the sponsors and sponsorship money coming out of India. As far as Harper is concerned, he WAS a good, well past his prime. What is with Aussie umpires? They end up ruining their respective legacies by whining up a storm at the end of their careers. Dhoni might be wrong in how he approached things but he wasn't exactly wrong. Ricky Ponting has done much much worse...again, not condoning Dhoni's behaviour but lets try to keep things in context.

  • on July 15, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    People can talk about Harper as a good umpire or not, it really isn't the issue. The real issue is that India is increasingly throwing it's weight around, and for increasingly petty issues like feeling they got hard done by on a decision here or there.

    If we strive to have a fair game, we cannot tolerate a captain making comments like the ones Dhoni made. But India is the big financial driver behind India cricket, so no-one will censure them. Yet their own administration is too self-interested to govern in the best interests of the game.

    This is a serious problem.

  • ygkd on July 15, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    The decision not to rebuke Dhoni is consistent with other decisions by match referees at other times. However, that doesn't make it correct. Harper was a good umpire. Not all Australians are biased against sub-continental teams. Quite a few Indian fans seem to have forgotten that there was a time when if things went against them, complaints would arise, sometimes with justification, however, with a new world order prevailing in the game it is time for a rethink of attitude. One can't have it both ways - ie. ostensibly support India as their board runs the game and yet cry foul when an umpire suggests that things weren't right to go in India's favour. Respect for umpires is a fundamental of the game, even if they get things wrong on a regular basis. India still won the series, didn't they?

  • Hammond on July 15, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    The funny thing I keep reading here is that people in the BCCI camp are saying that "Australia used to do it and therefore it is ok for us to do it now".. Really? Why did you whinge about us then since 1982? Why did Kumble rip off Woodfull's famous bodyline comment in the 2007 series debarcle? And the other thing is the DRS- how can India truly expect to dismantle that (probably because it will affect Harbajhan's pitching outside leg lbw shouts) and then complain about umpiring decisions? Is anyone else seeing total madness here? I think Dhoni was just upset that the so called "Best team in the world" teetered on defeat for most of the series against a VERY average West Indies side. Bottom line is people who care about cricket over racisim and over nationality don't care if Taylor, Ponting, Atherton, Smith, Dhoni or Vettori does it, intimidating the umpire is against the whole tenant of the game and should be punished. No-one is above the laws of cricket. Not even an Indian captain.

  • farkin on July 15, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    Daryl Harper you are Australian and you know how the icc and the bcci deals with Australian umpire's the icc looks like they don't stand up for them and the bcci i shall make no comment

  • farkin on July 15, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    unless your from India you are going to get the short end of the stick with any thing to do with them . if they do get fined the bcci will make up there money after the tour like they have done in the past .

  • div09 on July 15, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    @everyone who thinks Dhoni should be punished. IT IS THE CAPTAIN'S RESPONSIBLY TO TALK TO THE UMPIRE IF HE THINKS THINGS ARE GOING WRONG. and dhoni is right there is some problem between Indians and him. Dhoni should have dealt with it after the match but he thought kumar is our strike bowler you can't just take him off before having a chat to the umpire.

  • i_luv_crick on July 15, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    i am not supporting what Dhoni or Mukund did but just compare this with Broad's infringements. On one occasion Broad threw the ball at an opposing batsman, and on another occasion he abused the umpire ON the field. Compared with this Dhoni took a dig at the umpires (without naming anybody) off the field.(Harper had a guilty conscience so he understood that the dig was aimed at him. Ian Gould did not react) Was there any outcry after Broad's behaviour? Not at all! Also why should Mishra apologize? He had already paid for his infringement with a fine. Using the phrase "apologized profusely" in relation to Sammy and Rampaul leads me to believe there is a conscious effort on Harper's part to unnecessarily highlight this (non)issue.

  • on July 15, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    Well I watch Soccer a lot and this is nothing compared to Soccer abuse, but then again a Yellow & Red card system in cricket should be implemented for this very reason !!! Even AFL umpires have to putup with foul words and a mouth full of hatred, I don't see how Harper could get emotional after 95 games, unless he was after media attention.... :S

  • demon_bowler on July 15, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Any attempt to intimidate the umpire verbally or otherwise should be met with an automatic three-match ban. But we all know what would happen then -- the BCCI would flex its ugly muscles.

  • on July 15, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    Forget about Dhoni, ICC, Indian press and the Indians, Does harper really deserve to serve as an umpire. Ask him to remember world cup match involving pakistan. How many decisions referred to DRS. General perception was he hate indians.

  • div09 on July 15, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    @mightymf2000. Daryl Harper made 3-4 mistakes in the test series, may be if he hadn't India would win 2-0 or may be even 3-0. And IT IS THE CAPTAIN'S RESPONSIBLY that he goes and talks to the umpire if he thinks things are going wrong. So I think Dhoni should not be punished, and another 2 billion people will say the same.

  • Jarr30 on July 15, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    How come nobody talks when Ponting came charging at Aleem Dar to confront him during the Ashes.

  • test80 on July 15, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    Mr. Daryl Harper - Explain why were you removed from the ICC Elite Panel of umpires just before the Kingston Test ?. That tells the whole story. At even a basic level - Your performaance hasn't been upto the mark. Glad that you have retired knowing your own problems.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on July 15, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    Umpiring is a tough job and that sort of behaviour no matter who it is, which team they play for, whether or not it has happened in the past or will happen in the future is RUBBISH. And if you defend such behaviour, I believe you will be defending rubbish.

  • Samrat77 on July 15, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    Ashxiv r u worried about our worldcup win dont be jealous man. Then about harper he always has an anti indian mind set is it fair. And please dont ever use those words such as IPL, Worldcup win & the richest cricket board BCCI and all, If u can ask ur borad also to do the same. YA really we 120 Million are behind our hero Dhoni and also without even watching the match dont comment.

  • NumberXI on July 15, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    If Harper had been so right, where was the need to quit? It looks like he is merely making the Indian team a scapegoat to divert attention from the fact that his own performances even before the series warranted his removal from the elite panel.

  • on July 15, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    TOTALLY AGREE!!!! Dhoni is completely out of line speaking out against an umpire. . . if you are against the Decision review system then you need to accept mistakes will happen and take it as part and parcel of the game. I am really getting annoyed by this sort of bully boy tactics. BCCI should have capped this sort of ridiculous behaviour. A two match Ban I say. . . and yes I am an Indian

  • on July 15, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    @mightymf2000: I don't want to comment about Harper's fate but if we take your opinion about punishing a player for appealing even if the batsman is not out then I think each and every player in the world cricket should get at least one punishment. This is a game and everyone tries to win in a way or other. In this case the Australians will be standing way ahead in the line :) No Hard feelings.

  • on July 15, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    This is a absolute disgrace. Daryl Harper will go down as one of the all time great test umpires. It is sad to see him treated this way and have to end his career on such a note.

  • gibbons on July 15, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    I agree with mightymf2000 - it's increasingly becoming the case in cricket that umpires are demonized by players and supporters alike - any marginal decision that goes against our supported team is 'incompetence', whereas a decision can be blatantly wrong, and yet 'forgiveable' if it's in our favour. Players then make thinly veiled insults to the umpires, as in Dhoni's case here.

    The truth is that all test level umpires are of high quality, who have given years of service to the game, honing their skills through the levels of cricket. No doubt some people will respond with exceptional cases where poor decisions have been made, but really the fact that exceptions stand out only reinforces the high quality of umpiring that we have.

    You just need to look at comments saying things like 'only the best last', and 'didn't Harper get kicked off the elite panel? enough said' to see the kind of attitude that has become endemic to cricket. The man was 'good enough' to umpire 95 test matches.

  • shawnme on July 15, 2011, 1:17 GMT

    so india got some bad decisions,there is no need to cry about it,the west indies got there share of bad decisions but you dont see them going on about it.

  • saggro on July 15, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    If anyone, Harper should be penalized for his comments. Cant ICC atleast reprimand him? Or maybe withhold his pension, if there is such a thing.

  • coogeebear on July 15, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    India is on the way to destroying the game as we know it. They take every little thing against them as the whole world is against them. Just because you are number 1 and have all the money, DOES NOT mean you control the game. As much as i enjoy watching him, it seems as though Dhoni thinks he is running world cricket, a new Ponting if you like !

  • on July 15, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    Australian umpires think people pay good mony to what their nonsense. Screw the sprit of the game it is professional if you can't get it right get out.

  • on July 15, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    Being an Indian I still think that Dhoni should be punished on this,Umpiring may not be of high standard but Dhoni should not have criticize Harper and harper is no saint he shouldn't have made mess of that and backfired at Indians .Dhoni certainly deserves punishment

  • Presh_the_Pissa on July 15, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    "The code of conduct is there to test out the strength of character" - Dhoni certainly lacks this. Take Kumar Sangakkara from Sri Lanka who was playing a match saving innings and closing on a double ton against Australia was given out caught of the shoulder. Again it was Harper if I recall correctly. The batsman took the decision like a gentleman. Afterall this is the Gentleman's game. Since of late the Indian team has not lived upto the reputation of a gentleman. This should start from the captain. Dhani is a good player but not the best of captains, certainly not a classy character or personality. He has a good record thanks to having goos players to back up his statistics. This is my humble opinion and I am entitled to it.

  • AB2207 on July 15, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    So now Harper wants BCCI and ICC to control the news media? will he have the temerity to say the same about the English or the Australian media. What does he think India is, a commie country? Hope now Dhoni gets a chance to talk freely.

  • on July 15, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    @psy_psy except the Indian team were anything but ruthless in the WI series and I think bullies would be a better word than arrogant. And of course that Aus team will go down as one of the all time great teams unlike this Ind team (excepting SRT, Dravid, Sehwag & Laxman) that will be remembered... only in Ind.

  • fazald on July 15, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    Now that cricket is turning out to be no more a gentleman's game it's high time to introduce a card system like in soccer where the umpire could take action to evict a player for breach of discipline. There should only be one warning after which he should be reported to the match referee & later evicted from the field for any repeat offences. The ICC which is now under obligation to the BCCI needs to take prompt action against players who tarnish the game otherwise it will be all out war in the middle with umpires trying to control the game while players will be challenging umpires decisions.The DRS will go a long way to eliminate this problem & should be used more often if possible. Dhoni being the captain of the side needs to set a good example to his juniors Mukund & Praveen Kumar & some disciplinary action should have been taken by the match referee.Since the Darell Hair affair it's getting very tough to be a test umpire as it's not a gentleman's game any more. Thanks to Ranatunge

  • on July 15, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    Grow up andd stop the whining, Daryl! whether you and I like it or not, India runs the show as far as this game is concerned!

  • on July 15, 2011, 0:07 GMT

    I'm afraid that Indian Cricket has become too arrogant and full of itself. They are not that good a cricket team and only just managed to defeat the WI. They don't behave as the top Test team! They are not really anyway as they mostly only win at home! It is time that the ICC got a grip on the game and imposed stricter penalties for players and captains who disabuse the rules. Harper and Hair have been badly treated and it is time that we stopped playing against India/Pakistan if they flout the rules. We wouldn't miss them anyway.

  • Rezaul on July 15, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    I feel it for Harper though I used to support India. However, I believe that law should be firm and strict for everybody no matter he is from India or Kenya/IRE. I cant imagine a captain criticising umpire this way in post match press and being able to bypass any sanction for which was clearly breach of code of conduct. In fact being the captain of leader country you should have been more accurate in setting example for others to follow. Running over pitch on follow through and charging down for a catch both are strictly forbidden and anybody doing this should get umpire´s attention. Above all I believe it would have been more cute had Harper finished his last test without this part from Indian side. Now, umpires will even hesitate to apply law and sanction against Indian players which is a major shock for cricket.

  • Cric_Clan on July 15, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    If only umpires do what they know best "UMPIRING" , rather than taking up noble missions like proving to India the need on DRS system and other over smart acts.

    Stick to the basics, you are not GOD you are just an UMPIRE

  • on July 14, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    Whether Daryl Harper is a good umpire or not is beside the point; reacting to an umpire's decision is an offence and Dhoni should have been punished for it. ICC officials are dumb about it because they are puppets of BCCI.

  • drakennz on July 14, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    As an Indian (who lives in NZ) I have every reason to support Dhoni and hate Harper (an Australian) lol. From what I've read so far though, I have to agree with Harper. I'm not saying that his decisions on the field were perfect, but the code of conduct has nothing to do with decisions being right or wrong. Harper may have failed the Indians with a couple of his decisions, but the Indians failed themselves by behaving the way they did.

    Dhoni should be reprimanded - no one should be above the laws of cricket. Cricket is a beautiful game, and cricketing etiquette has helped to keep it that way! India certainly isn't the only team on the field with issues, as Harper mentioned 2 of the WI's were cited. Australians are well known for there intimidation tactics, both on opposition players and standing umpires. That probably will continue to be part of the game (and has been for a long time), but there is always a line that should never be crossed.

  • ozziefan08 on July 14, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    Daryl Harper was a fantastic umpire and great to servant to our game. We all know umpires can't get everything right, that's why the DRS was introduced, which India still oppose. Then they Whinge and use their power of intimidation and the media to discredit a good honest bloke in his last series. Hmmm sound familiar? Steve Bucknor? Grow up Indians all you seem to do is cry and whinge about everything that dosnt go your way.

    Embrace the DRS or dont whinge and kick up a stink if you get one bad decision

  • Abhishek.Dwivedi on July 14, 2011, 23:37 GMT

    I remember so many instances where a batsman has been punished for showing the bat (trying to show that it was bat-pad) after being given a wrong LBW. Or even just for standing little late on the crease. Why so harsh on players that they even can't show a slight emotion? So if those emotions are not tolerated the reason behind those emotion shouldn't be tolerated. Umpires giving continuous bad judgement should be punished too.

  • on July 14, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    ohh so now daryl thinks he has been tardgeted. if he could remember those days when Aussies used to target umpires and always even go against their decisions. i bet he would have never ever said these words for an Aussie captain if he would have told media about umpiring issues as it has been a issues from many years. he can't just go to media and say that ' Dhoni should be Punished'. daryl harper is an expirience umpire and dhoni has been only few years in cricket if dhoni hasn't shown his cricket spirit we can expect but i would never expect such cheap comment from a very expirience upmire. this simply show to the world none of them have cricket spirit. but you should see on the feild dhoni did respect the umpiring decisions and went back to dressing room. about the pitch problem from parveen kumar, i know dhoni should have said that as joke at least not like those captain who fights back with umpire over his decision, you can see stats. if its like this Daryl should be punished too

  • Number_5 on July 14, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    Whilst i don't see this as a huge issue, far from the biggest facing cricket internationally at the moment, it is clear historically that players are not allowed, or should they be allowed to criticize a match official, and the ICC's non action on this just goes to show how incapable they are of managing even a minor issue. How can we then expect them to be capable of managing the world game of cricket outside India if they demonstrate time and time again through the decisions they make it is not a level playing field. For the longevity of the world game of cricket i hold grave fears.

  • molly07 on July 14, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    The ICC are pathetic when it comes to standing up to Indian cricket influence. Just because India generates the most money does not mean they are exempt from upholding the spirit and integrety of the game. Well done umpire Harper, finally someone with some conviction and courage.

  • sd54321 on July 14, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    Love it how dhoni moans about DRS, the fact is, regardless, of how foolproof the system is, they should use it asap, then dhoni can't complain about anything, the fact is that umpires are human beings, not machines,DRS in any form is there to help, I can't wait for dhoni to get a shocking LBW decision, and then moan about that too! He is a bully pure and simple

  • bigwonder on July 14, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    Wow, lot of Indian-haters wants Dhoni to be punished - which appears to be out of jealousy rather then facts. They are asking that Indians be punished for speaking against injustice. Why do we have umpires who cannot get simple decisions right? Why are they demanding respect from players when they themselves do not have respect for correct decisions. Umpires are human after all and can make mistakes, but consistent incorrect decision is either inability or pure laziness. Someone had said "Give respect to get respect.

  • garethmills989 on July 14, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    harper come on man dont be sad bro...start a good business man...open a farm...maybe the cattle and sheep will listen to you...or join the traffic police man...it will be just like the old job...dont worry man...life is good ...keep living though...dont allow the indian team to depress you...

  • tappee74 on July 14, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    No one is above the law, and when authority is violated and administrators fail to protect those responsible in up keeping this equilibrium, we fall in chaos.Dhoni should have known better,he is the captain who ought to set moral standard.Players at times act on the misconduct of their leaders,this interferes with the image of a nation.No one is above the law,and the umpire is in complete control even when he makes a wrong decision.Mr Harper needs not to be treated the way he was treated,those responsible , including the match officials should address this issue.The game is paramount and without dicipline,all will be gone.We need to preserve the nectar,the integrity of this treasured sport.Remember, umpires make decisions in a split moment,mistakes will happen.

  • Sanath-aiyya on July 14, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    I agree with Daryll Harper Although Mr harper is not the best umpire around..he is still a person who got most of his decisions right.

    This indian team is following the path of the Aussie team of the 90s..maybe not in terms of on field performance but ...intimidating the umpires and utter arrogance in general.. Its one thing to be the most powerful board in the world.. its totally another to win the admiration of fans all over.. that is something this indian team will never do. Dhoni and his snobs better learn - the fall will hit them hard.

  • machiavellii on July 14, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    This whole India vs the rest of the ICC is quite frankly getting out of hand. I am most likely going to be over ruled on this by most people but my opinion is that India has too much power over the ICC and the players in the Indian team act accordingly.

    The game needs to be cleaned up - and the ICC should be run without any interference from any board. Unfortunately this is never going to happen as the Asian block will always have political influence over their boards which obviously influences the game and its operations through their representatives in the ICC.

    The whole DRS situation and the IPL and SLPL issue over which Indian played a major role proves my point. Yes India provides the bulk of the revenue, which everyone points out but that doesn't mean they should get the bulk of the say because if they dot have anyone to play against then what use is that mass market ?

    Agree or not all boards are to blam but India is the worst and the big bully and almost half of the problem

  • tappee74 on July 14, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    No one is above the law, and when authority is violated and administrators fail to protect those responsible in up keeping this equilibrium, we fall in chaos.Dhoni should have known better,he is the captain who ought to set moral standard.Players at times act on the misconduct of their leaders,this interferes with the image of a nation.No one is above the law,and the umpire is in complete control even when he makes a wrong decision.Mr Harper needs not to be treated the way he was treated,those responsible , including the match officials should address this issue.The game is paramount and without dicipline,all will be gone.We need to preserve the nectar,the integrity of this treasured sport.Remember, umpires make decisions in a split moment,mistakes will happen.

  • nakihunter on July 14, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    Daryl Harper is a very good umpire but everyone does make mistakes. Claiming that Dhoni was trying to intimidate him is rubbish. Dhoni's track record for impeccable conduct while being a very strong leader is well documented. He is rapidly gaining in stature as one of the all time great captains of the game over the last 50 years. Harper's comments seem to imply that he is not happy with India's domination of the ICC. This is really sad. England & Australia dominated world cricket administration for decades. Now India has earned its position. Harper and others who resent India's position of dominance need to wake up.

  • mightymf2000 on July 14, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    I feel sorry for you Daryl about this. And for all of you defending Dhoni look at who has played or stood in front of the most test matches.

    Dhoni should have been punshied. Running down the wicket and appealing even when you know the batsman isn't out also should be punshied.

  • on July 14, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    haha..End of Harper..!!!!!

  • frommoonman on July 14, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    If the same laws applies to Aus and Eng players, none of them would have finished their careers with so many matches on record. Stuart Broad would have received so many bans that his grand-son wouldn't be able play any internation cricket. Hypocrisy at its best from Mr. Harper.

  • D.V.C. on July 14, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    @Bigwonder: As an Australian he doesn't get to umpire Australian's in Tests, so your comment is pointless.

  • D.V.C. on July 14, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Harper was a good umpire.

  • Chris_P on July 14, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    As this has been pointed out before, yet obviously bears repeating for those who quickly make idiotic statement without having the full facts, there were 9 instances that Dhoni and others pointed out that were "incorrect" yet only ONE (YES, ONE) would have been over turned with DRS. So who are we to believe, someone who has NO umpiring knowledge or experience & bases these concerns on their own opinion or a neutral appointed member of an international panel? Are we to just sit and take everything that national captains state as being gospel and just ignore all else? This is one reason I I now understand why, in a country where there are millions and millions of followers, fans and players that they cannot produce one umpire competent enough to stand in internationals. I feel sorry for any youngster wanting to make a real go of umpiring in India as they stand to be attacked in such a vicious and Neanderthal manner. Respect for officials is a given.

  • sreesam on July 14, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    Harper did not have any problems with Ponting being the third umpire!! Funny he has issue only with Dhoni and Indians!!

  • msvknight on July 14, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    Yep that's right guys, India never ever lost a match. Always getting ripped off by the umpires. This attitude goes back to the Sydney test which is a classic of avoiding responsibilities. India lost that test match because the Indian tail - the last 3 wickets couldn't survive a joke last over from Michael Clarke. If the tail had managed to only lose 2 wickets in 6 balls to that most fearsome of bowlers, the match would have been drawn and you wouldn't be complaining 2 1/2 years later. The umpires decisions didn't help India's situation, but they did not cost you the match. India cannot be a credible Number 1 until they learn to take the rough with the smooth. Their siege mentality is unjustified. They seem to want to go back to the old system of home umpires where they didn't cheat, but they knew that after all was said and done they had to live in that country.

  • SaravananIsTheBest on July 14, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    @Jim1207, Completely Agree with You.

    Harper & his supporters should remember one thing, did Dhoni make any faces for wrong decisions or did he comment about anything about the wrong decisions/NoBall issue went against him? Thats were you're gonna weigh a person's nature. Post match conference is about opinions on things happened, but not sledging/breach. Till now, he's the only composed Captain on-field. India managed to make a result in this series inspite of your blunders. Where Sydney'08 was a victory made out of blunders. Truth alone triumphs, no one can take anything away from us ;)

  • on July 14, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    Is Harper the same umpire that got kicked out with Ashoka from the elite group? enough said!

  • Daniel_Smith on July 14, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    Re: the_blue_android. You very much miss the point. It is very simple, the umpire is in charge. What he or she says is right. It has to be. For the good of the game we have to support the umpires. Football has become ludicrous with some much over-acting and harassment of officials. Cricket cannot afford to go down this route.

    The umpires are impartial, they protect the game and ensure fairness. Everyone has to agree to that, otherwise the game will go down the pan.

  • Quddus-Mamu on July 14, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    I think, Harper is right.

  • on July 14, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    I have always found Daryl more of a "gut feel" umpire, not a "clinical evidence based" umpire like Taufel. I am not surprised he has been canned as an elite umpire. It is a tough job and only best last. He actually did well to last 96 matches. Looking forward to his "tell all" book.

  • TheBigTicket on July 14, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni, please don't let a little success get to your head. Show a little respect to match officials moreso that India at the time did not want to use the DRS. India benefited from poor decisions in the recently concluded World Cup. Cricket is a lovely game - it matters whether you win or loose and also how you play the game.

  • ashxiv on July 14, 2011, 22:19 GMT

    Indian captian had a cheap mentality. After winning world cup and having big say in ICC they are out of controlled. ICC should realize the GAME is being destroyed.

  • dr.thirsty on July 14, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    @Soldev - you asked what Gavaskar would have to say about this situation. My abiding memory of Mr G is of him desperately trying to take his team of the field after he had been given out LBW and the team management having to stop him. So frankly, I don't think he'd have anything useful to say at all. @kickittome70 So you're an Australian are you? Really? Nice to meet you, I'm from Mars. Why do people pretend to come from another country in order to praise their own team? It's just weird! Anyway, is anyone else looking forward to Dhoni giving the 'Spirit of Cricket' lecture next year?

  • MrsBoycottsStickOfRhubarb on July 14, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    Outrageous hypocracy from Dhoni! The Indian team are at moral sea-level when it comes to criticising umpires thanks to their stance on DRS. There is only one opinion which counts, and that is the Umpire's. Whatever Dhoni thought about Harper's decisions, as Team Captain, particularly in the middle of a series he should have kept his opinions to himself. And to be honest, sycophantic Indian supporters on this blog trying to justify Dhoni's actions - please stop, it's just embarrassing.

  • Windies_will_rise on July 14, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    i agree with Harper, Indian cricket is holding the rest of the cricketing nation to ransom with their deliberate cheating and their premadonna attitude towards officials and other players....I hope England destroy them in the upcomming series and then lets here all their excuses

  • Jambo22 on July 14, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    India can't have it both ways ... they complain about umpires making mistakes, yet they oppose the DRS, which is designed to identify and correct mistakes! Regardless, you can't treat umpires like that, as much as you dislike them. It's just not cricket.

  • on July 14, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    Reading these comments truly provide an insight into the psyche of some comment writers whise biases stick out like a sore thumb as much as their poor command of the language and carry on their verbal tirades against a former elite pamel umpire with a 96%. rating who had every right to his authority which the likes of Dhoni that brash and arrogant Indian captain had no right to question short of bringing the Gentlemen's gane into disrepute. Umpires are human too and the reason perhaps why the DRS system needs to be made mandatory. Curiously India's rejection of same now shows a hidden motive but no player who attempts to intimidate a good umpire (Darryl Hair eat your heart out!) for the sake of sheer arrogance should go unpunished.The Indians may be No1 in the world at the present but portray themselves as lacking in decorum at times which cannot be said of the Windies who are a classy lot.

  • cabinet96 on July 14, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    Another thing, Dohni saying, "we've had problems with you before, Daryl", sounds like personal abuse and even threatening.

  • cabinet96 on July 14, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    Shame on India and Dohni. I also think a lot of the people commenting don't get the point. It's not that Harper was right it's the point that Dohni and India were acting against the spirit of the game. And I think it's pretty ironic and hypercritical considering they didn't want the DRS. They therefore got rid of the chance to question the umpire. They were clearly in the wrong.

  • on July 14, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    Indians dominate the sports as they have all the commercial power in the world. But all these ugly episodes will only reduce the popularity of cricket outside India. Its a shame!

  • ashes61 on July 14, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Many of the comments here by Indian fans are very worrying indeed. I certainly hope they don't reflect the majority of Indian opinion. If they do, we must conclude that Indian cricket lovers, once so knowledgeable, have lost the plot, and - given India's influence in the world game now, much of it negative and some of it malign - it all augurs badly for the future of the game. Harper's statement about the requirement of the player's conduct is accurate in every way - it cannot depend on whether they agree with umpire's decisions or not. It's the duty (enshrined in law) of the captain & his players NOT to undermine the umpire during and after the game, ESPECIALLY if they don't agree with decisions. They - rightly - do NOT have the option to question things. This, of course, goes for all players, whether Indian, English, Australian or whateve. And all have transgressed in recent years. Read his words again. What you may think of his "in" or "out" decisions is utterly irrelevant.

  • maddy20 on July 14, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    Guess his is bugged that he won't be able to give anymore Shoulder Before Wicket(SBW) decisions and is blaming India for criticizing his error-prone decisions. The Poms already complained about him sometime ago and his refusal to admit he is Asoka De Silva in the making that made him blabber so much!

  • Baltimoreboy777 on July 14, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    If you work under bcci then you can accuse the umpire and do whatever you like on the cricket field. Cricket is full of politics & rubbishness now.

  • stationmaster on July 14, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    The Indians ALWAYS complain and appeal way too much. Dhoni has done this before, he uses the power of the Indian media that are fully behind him, to intimidate umpires all around the World - and what a surpirse - they Indians never want to use the full review system, because it's much harder to intimidate a TV screen. What a shame that world cricket has let it get to a stage where an umpire can be threatened and nothing is done about it.

  • dbamurike on July 14, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    For the game's sake, all officials should always be respected whether they are right or wrong. Otherwise it will create a very confusing situation.

  • the_blue_android on July 14, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Well it's simple. Harper was trying to prove that BCCI was wrong in not using DRS and wanted them to pay the price. He purposefully gave most of those incorrect decisions, that is to teach BCCI a lesson. Indian players sensed this and spoke up.

  • on July 14, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    Isnt this guy dropped from the knock-out stages of the World cup because of poor umpiring highlighted by DRS? If he is talking about Tv replays showing the red mat about how many times praveen breached, the same tv replays and comentators said he made 6-7mistakes in the game. How can he say he did just 1 mistake. Why bring 96% of the career? Talk abt the last match..Talk abt the more recent World Cup

  • Jim1207 on July 14, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    If Mukund had done wrong, he should just tell the captain that he did wrong. What did Harper do? He said: "It's your responsibility to make sure your team behaves well". Would he tell that to every other captain or when Stu Broad does wrong. As an umpire, his job is to officiate the match and just tell a player or captain that it should not happen. Why did Harper talk to Dhoni too much about responsibility and all? Because Harper did not like Dhoni from the beginning and used the chance to take a dig at the captain. It was unnecessary. Harper must have just reported to match referee instead of talking to captain about whose responsibility is whom. So, when Harper did something wrong, Dhoni took a dig at him in press conference so ICC could not enforce any punishment on him. Dhoni just told mildly and comically even if there is a reason behind. Harper must first act like a gentleman before asking players to be so. Players would have tension on the field,but umpires should show like this

  • on July 14, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    All this DRS UDRS stuffs have come up now because of poor umpiring errors. Agreed Umpires are not Super humans and again Umpires are not Computers either. They do commit mistakes. But you have been systemically against India. May be thats the material you are made of! You should have taken a leaf out of Simon taufel (ur own compatriot) or Aleem Dhar, of the elite panel umpires. You are the last,lowly ranked among the top . To pose urself as "Top dog is wonderful!" Now that you are 95 out, its high to write a good controversial book venting your anger,thoughts and actions.After all you were stripped of the elite panel. Disgraced! So whats the point in grumbling now?

  • simplysinu on July 14, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    harper is the true culprit as he is defending himself, umpiring decisions made by harper in the test was very poor and ordinary....... bad way to finish the career mr. harper

  • InnocentGuy on July 14, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    Harper, I'mma let you finish, but Dhoni is the best captain of all time. Of all time!

  • on July 14, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    he should have been punished, running on the pitch is cheating... and so is the crazy appealing , when the players know there is no edge etc

  • StatisticsRocks on July 14, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    @ Hassan: Dream on Buddy

  • javiso on July 14, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    It is so sad that so many people still miss the point......... no matter how poor an umpire he is/was or no matter how much you might believe he is "victimising" you, that fact remains that he is the umpire. I too was very surprised by Dhoni's comments, as well as the beahviour of some of the Indian players. I once had high respect for them, but that is being whittled away by the apparent "superiority complex" some of their players are displaying. I sincerely hope that this changes and they return to being a humble but dominant side.

  • CricFanInUSA on July 14, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    Harper was already degraded from Elite panel on May 2011 already english team launched a complaint againt him in ICC. So you can understand his umpiring skills also he is to adament to accept his mistakes. I think he was umpiring in IPL(I beleive) so there is no question about BCCI palyed a role to step him down.

  • bigwonder on July 14, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    Harper not only is a worst umpire but also is very bad at taking criticism. He is trying to be a school teacher who wants to discipline players on the field. He takes offense on a player approaching another umpire while appealing - even if the other umpire (Ian) did not care about it. He talks about how Sammy and Raumpal apologized personally but not Mishra - Why would anyone apologize when they are on the receiving end of an incorrect decision. Harper seems to be oblivious to his poor umpiring record but wants to hold players to a higher standard. He must have forgotten the fact that what goes around comes around. Australian players were (and still are) famous for worst on-filed behaviors - let alone waving fingers in umpire's face. As an Australian he should worry about how his fellow country men behave with umpires then try to be hall monitor of the school.

  • suhailrizwy on July 14, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    I think Daryl Harper is right.Regardless of the merits of his decision making, Dhoni should and must be disciplined with possibly a two test match ban!! As usual, the Indian players a getting too big for their boots the moment they start to think they are world beaters.Well, I think this year will prove the true mettle against England, Australia and South Africa..Watch this space!!!

  • ahweak on July 14, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    Oh the familiar story of an umpire from Australia (or England) complaining about a sub-continental player. Ponting (the bully) and Stuart Broad (the moron) have done worse (remember throwing the ball at the opposition player, repeatedly questioning/gesturing at the umpire) and the match officials let it go. A guy who really believes that he is right should bring up the issue when he is on the job, not after retiring.

  • on July 14, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    salute to harper.................

  • Alex85 on July 14, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    Yep. Refuse to have the DRS then complain about decisions. Well done. Please join the rest of us in the 21st Century.

  • gandabhai on July 14, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    Its typical to see so many 'disguised ' Pakistani fans supporting harper . Do you ever wonder why you dont get invited to play in the IPL ? What goes around comes around .

  • on July 14, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    This is another set back on top of all the previous weeks indications of Indian Authority on the game. If it was Shahid Afridi or any Pakistani player, he must have been serving a ban by now. These all looks one way traffic from BCCI + ICC decicion in their favour, but above all its not good for the game.

  • mahjut on July 14, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    @Sid Iyer. I don't think the Steyn example is a good one. He does goes off occasionally (probably not as much as someone like Sreesanth, but he goes off). The this is, he was fined his whole match fee for the incident you mention despite 'seeming' to spit 'in the direction of' (not 'at') Benn and that was after it was acknowledged that he had been highly provoked. I don't really see the similarity. However, Ponting as Aus captain DID annoy me. actually, I'll end this inanely - becasue in truth most captains and most umpires annoy me at some point...

  • DaGameChanger on July 14, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    Why Daryl Harper was feeling bad? India had more wrong decisions in that test from Ian Gould I believe. Certainly there were not 1 but more than 5-6 decisions wrong. And I dont think Dhoni was trying to intimidate him, he could've easily done that just by whispering it to BCCI ears about him and you would have never seen Daryl Harper again. He was just trying to make a point that he is aware that he dont like Indian team and but just be fair in your assessment.

  • on July 14, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Funny because the Aussies have been escaping punishments with much worse behavior for so long but now when there is a shift in authority they can't take it.

  • J._Doe on July 14, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    Fair's fair. What Dhoni did in a post match conference is no different from what the Australians have done all these years when they were the number 1 team. Harper is just trying to blame someone else for a number of bad decisions he gave. Plain and simple, his umpiring was low class! Grow up Harper!

  • Rahul_Vicky on July 14, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    It is really funny to see an Australian shouting about the spirit of cricket, lol !!

  • on July 14, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    Well, what Harper did to Praveen Kumar was very correct and a wise decision and as far as the reason for being too harsh for a player who is playing is first test match is considered, then I think the players should know the rules of the game first and then go on the field to play.

  • on July 14, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    On one hand where I can only empathize with harper, on the other I feel he's just over-reacting. Well this can happen, and has happened, to sportsmen approaching to end of their career. I've seen and heard bigger things said on and off the field, and with respect to Harper, Dhoni's comments, though a bit unethical, could have been easily overlooked. As far as Mishra's incident is concerned, a player carries as much pride as an umpire on the field. I've never heard a player nagging over an umpire not being apologetic when he commits an error, then why should an umpire expects an apology from a player? Harper, your days are over mate. Move on with no hard feelings and have a great life. Fans will always value your service to the game of Cricket irrespective of one odd incident which is inevitable in every sportsman's life.

  • garethmills989 on July 14, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    harper, u were a good umpire those days but towards the end, looked like u were too relaxed, joking too much with players and very full of urself...it was the right time for you to leave harper bro...if u didnt leave im sure the icc would have had to let u go...because you were terrible man...

  • on July 14, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Dhoni big mistake... Harper u r right...

  • Bamarolls on July 14, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Is it possible Mr. Harperthat ICC did not choose action against India because you were wrong? It seems to have become fashionable, when everything else fails, charge a person with lying to "authorities" while under torture. Is it possible that ICC was just happy to see a walking wrong decision walk away form the game? BTW, there is absolutely no shame if an umpire admits to a mistake. We realize that umpires are humans too. In US, we hailed an umpire because he went to the pitcher and apologised for having made a mistake. How about letting the tradition of the game take the back seat for a moment and save humanity instead?

  • Rahulbose on July 14, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    These comments only go to show how much personal animus Daryl Harper has against Indian players. Anyone with such a vindictive mindset should never have been allowed to stand in a test match as a neutral umpire. Good thing he has retired on his own accord.

  • correctcall on July 14, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    This is a wakeup call for Dhoni and the Indian team before the England series. The recent show of arrogance and bullying is not a good look and not in their interests.The spirit of cricket should not be sullied during this dual for number the one ranking. Inspite of not fully using technology hopefully it is the cricket that will do all the talking. ICC please make sure Taufel and Dar umpire all four Tests to minimise controversy.

  • shailbuch on July 14, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    Painful to read as an Indian. Please punish Dhoni.

  • symsun on July 14, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Daryl... I remember whenever I saw u officiating a match, I was worried that there will be atleast one wrong decision.. thanks for retiring... someone else can officiate better.

  • amitak on July 14, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    It took Harper t0 96 test for retirement..he should retire that time only when had given sachin the famous controversial "Shoulder before the wicket" decision.he was always biased and favour to Australian team and always use to target the Indian & Srilankans player...good bye harper...

  • on July 14, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Dhoni, have you scored a century everytime you come out to bat? have you taken every catch that comes your way? I dont think so, beacuse you are human. SO is Harper. He made mistake, if you dont want those mistakes against your team them support UDRS. What does Dhoni wants? I dont get it. I am Indian and the way dhoni acted in press conference is just unacceptable from a cricket champion. Plus I think he might not remember that Indian became champion because UDRS helped in SF. Remember that Sachins LBW, Dhoni?

  • saichander on July 14, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Cricket is a game of absolute decisions. Umpires are those who give decisions . Laws of cricket are framed and to be implemented when ever it is pronounced. Human nature is tend to make errors without assigning any reason. Reason beyond control is punishable. DRI is a new fact introduced to check the authenticity of decisions through scientific methods. Harper has given his decision based on his mental stature and Dhoni as a vibrant cricketer should not have uttered against any decisions from the Umpires which is prohibited under law. Hence the cricket authorities should decide on allowing DRI before commencement of any series thereby avoiding unhealthy activities like this.

  • kav555 on July 14, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    There was a time when England and Australia dictated the terms. Remember the famous/infamous India-Australia series involving Lilee-Gavaskar dispute in which the Australians were nasty and biased, or the infamous Sydney test in which the West Indian umpire Steve Bucknor was openly supporting the Aussies or was plainly incompetent. The Aussies won the test through devious means but not much criticisms were levelled against them. Now this silly Harper is alluding to the spirit of the game, the beauty of cricket and raises conduct and on-field behaviour. Mr Harper-just remember "what goes around comes around"-whether you like it or not certain things have evolved. The world is no longer the same.

  • on July 14, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    I think this is sad that the umpire has to defend himself.Everybody knows that India is acting as a super power and try to dominate in ICC. there are so many examples like SLC IPL how the derail it.UDRS the way they made amendments.Last but not least how they differed rotation of presidency by playing politics in ICC.ICC passed the resolution to keep politics away from boards of the cricket playing countries.I think it is the time to implement this resolution on itself.If you look at the each position of panel what is the represntation percentage of each country in ICC.

  • McPiggle on July 14, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    Is the BCCI and players getting away with it here? Are some players above the law? Hmm. Seems like it might be the case. :(

  • on July 14, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    Dhoni did nt argue it on field it was post match press meet ! as a team wins or looses the Captain is being reasoned. So ICC should be just limit its suspension to field and game not to the press-meet conversation. Daryl u sound so silly man.Many wrong decisions were made in 3 match series like 5 to 10 ... against India, as A Captain he has right to show his frustration on faults made by umpires

    WI r feeling high after 3rd test draw but real reason 2nd and 3rd test matches were drawn due to rain lol !! Mr. Sammy you escaped 3 nil white wash u know tat.. now WI cricket does nt need to smile a lot...other then thanking the RAIN GOD

  • Andre2 on July 14, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    How many Indian umpires are in Elite Panel Umpires List ? None, because they are worse than Harper ! Why is that BCCI have no plan to prepare some good Indian Umpires to become members of the Elite Panel List ? I think that the number One team in the world in both formats must have at least TWO Umpires in the Elite Panel.

  • on July 14, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    Be it Harper, Bucknor or the UDRS. India has a history of having a problems with umpiring decisions and umpires. Nothing new here really. A guy as cool headed as Dhoni shouldn't lose cool. He has until now handled such things pretty well.

  • cricket_for_all on July 14, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    Even though I am totally disagree with Dhoni's behavior (he shoudn't follows AUS, ENG attitudes) umpires are unfair with Asian players for sure. What about Broad or Anderson or Ponting etc.. ? why don't they never speak about these guys?. Dhoni is no way close to these arrogant players. Without any question Harper is one of the poorest umpires and He definenitly makes lot of mistakes (He is not bias to any team of course). But India don't have any moral right to complain the umpiring decisions while opposing the DRS without any basis (OR they haven't even produced a single accurate umpire).

  • stuartk319 on July 14, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Criticising specific decisions is fine. Attempting to undermine an official's authority and to cast aspersions on their integrity is completely unacceptable. Most of this to me is just Dhoni criticising decisions - but telling an umpire you have had problems with him before is completely unacceptable. That sort of behaviour is what leads to a lot of officials at grassroots level dropping out of the game; leading to fewer officials being available and poorer decisions.

  • magicumesh on July 14, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    Mr.Harper - Am sorry, I cant agree with you. You must see this from Dhoni's Perspective. They are desperate for win and Test Cricket is really very tough. Every wicket is priceless. One or Two mistakes can be forgiven. But 9 in same match is too much. Players and Captain Should not suffer for Umpire errors. But I must say, atlast BCCI agreed to 50% DRS because of Mr.Harper's decisions on that test. Mr. Harper is not alone, Ashoka de silva & Steve Bucknor also have very poor record against India. I was very disappointed when i saw Kumar Dharmasena's name in ICC's ELITE panel of Umpires. He needs to improve a lot too. Asad Rauf, Ian Gould, Aleem Dar and Simon Taufel are the best.

  • on July 14, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    sorry Harper.. but ur time is coming to end!! and if ICC wants punish Dhoni, the BCCI will support him

  • mak102480 on July 14, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    I think the englishmen and the aussies are having a tough time digesting the fact that their days of dominating the cricket world are over. India is the new world superpower - and why the problem. 70% of the money in cricket is being made because of India................Where were all these issues when the aussie boys like warne and ponting and the lot were misbehaving?

  • Sanjay67 on July 14, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Harper gets some free publicity and the next thing we know is that he is coming up with a book.

  • nandu63 on July 14, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    There was a time when sledging by teams such as Australia and England were accepted as a fact of life, and the Asian teams were penalised. Well, now the boot is on the other foot...

  • on July 14, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    Dear ... did you apologize who got out because of ridiculous decisions ... no right ?.. Y would u expect misra to weep at ur feet ... MS had never intimidated any other umpire .. there should be a valid reason to intimidate you ... i wonder no umpire questions auzzies game spirit and it became trend to blame to BCCI for everything ...

  • on July 14, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    How on earth Daryl dared to speak out against India and Indian cricket!? Did you forget Steve Bucknor? we got rid of him before you could say "matey". Remember never speak out against us, we're number 1 test-team and could whatever we fee like. And this also sends out warning for all other umpires, if you mess with India you are messing with you future.

  • Howazzatt on July 14, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Why this article after 3 weeks of the match over, it does not make any sense. Is it Mr. Harper fighting for better send off party? or ICC is holding back Mr. Harper's retirement fund or any other benefits are kept on hold for his horrid umpiring. hmm.m anybody can explain?? Honestly this is what makes cricket more interesting sometimes even after the match got over. We are still brooding on it, I don't see this happens any other sports. So many incidents and player from past and present cricket history are pulled in to substantial the comments. A typical cricket flavour I can smell.

  • viveking on July 14, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    yes, the way the umpire had expressed his feelings is bit hurting... today dhoni tomorrow some low level person will comment some other umpire..the cricketer and umpire relationship should not spoil by this way.. Dhoni might have acted gently

  • on July 14, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    sorry Harper.. but ur time is coming to end!! and if ICC wants punish Dhoni, the BCCI will support him

  • on July 14, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    is time for u harper .. over and out ...

  • amitak on July 14, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    It took the Harper 96 test for retire....he should retire that time only when he had given tendulkar the famous "Shoulder Before the wicket" decision. He was always biased and favour Australian team...and he don't like the player from India and srilanka...and this the true fact of Harper...

  • on July 14, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    Simple logic. Dhrpeoni has not given any name. And Harper give Dhoni's name. Now think action should be taken on Harper. How much match fee?

  • jayantj on July 14, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    When Ricky Ponting and Hanse Cronie are the best examples of breaching the sprit and always geting scot free.

  • agam99 on July 14, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    @pragmatist... exaggeration at best. Refusing to recognize the authority & blah blah blah. Where did it happened ? Dhoni didn't even reacted abruptly to any umpire after so many bad decisions just bcz he doesn't believe in such tactics. He just said a simple thing in press conference that had the right decisions been made , game would have been over long back. He didn't even mentioned Harper's name anywhere. And what Harper is claiming to be as Dhoni's statement....u really think had such incident happened , it wouldn't have been caught on 'N' number of cameras covering the game ?

  • ravijain4087 on July 14, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    I think everybody has the right to say...........dhoni is correct..........if harper has taken wrong decisions then everybody should know this.........one bad decision can change total game, so there should be some rule to punish empires also if they make wrong decisions or some penalty should be imposed to them......

  • SagirParkar on July 14, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    a lot of captains say things like that but none of them has been chastised by the ICC for it... even captains have a right to vent their feelings..

    as for Harper, his mistakes were very very glaring... we all make mistakes but many of his recent ones were shocking...

  • on July 14, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Gotta agree with Harper on this up to a point- the game should NEVER get to the situation we have in football, with petulant outbursts occurring seemingly every game. Whether what Dhoni said was designed to intimidate, nobody but him will ever know. Harper does seem to have something against the Indians however....I wonder if he could be tempted out of retirement and over to England ASAP? ;)

  • pradeep_dealwis on July 14, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Harper's ability at making good decisions has been going down lately, so about time that he retired anyway. that being said, it will also b better if the Indian team doesn't take the undignified bullying strategy that the BCCI uses on to the field. They are looked upto by a billion people, they better remember that every game they play.

  • PACERONE on July 14, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    I am tired of all you goddam whiners.The umpire is in charge of the game not the players.in any game more mistakes are made by players than the umpires.They should go back to not showing all the new technology.Just show the game maybe without commentators..or they can be there to update if something unusual happens.Players are appealing for decisions they clearly know is not out.They will cheat if it means winning.We know all about players not wanting to play in the sub-continent due to umpiring.Why do you think they have neutral umpires? We used to take the umpires decisions as law...and that should be the case.Maybe India is right for not wanting DRS.Intimidate the umpire to be on your side is easier.

  • on July 14, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    It is not that the problem is Indian team or captain. People are having hard time in accepting that India is emerging as a major force.

  • StatisticsRocks on July 14, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    And let the bashing of India/BCCI begin. Do you all notice a trend, no matter what the article is on CricInfo it has to be India's or BCCI's fault. The T sunami in Japan (god bless their soul)...oh! it has to be India's fault. Get a hobby people. The Aussies always got a free pass and did anyone say anything, NO. We want to believe that there is No rcism, give me a break. It's funny how some of our so called friends up North East are also participating in BCCI/India bashing and they forget what Harper did to their team. Not that we expect anything different from them anyways. So dear folks, keep up the good work as we are here for real and India is for real. Get used to it.

  • ArjunPandit on July 14, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Believe me friends Mr.Harper will come out with his biography soon, it's the cheapest way of publicity at the expense of indian cricket.

  • on July 14, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    I dont think apart from few indian everyone will condemn of such arrogant behaviour from a captain whose team is the world champion. If ricky ponting did something wrong that does not mean others should follow it as well.Ricky Ponting got booed by supporters in many countries for his aggressive behaviour as well.Mr. Dhoni himself was protesting against technology and now he is complaining against Human Umpires as well!

  • on July 14, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    i still remember the headlines LBW OR HBW!, I WAS ONLY 9 THAT DAY , thanks for ur unforgettable decisions

  • on July 14, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    cosmoboy kramer....!i dnt frm whre u belong too.....!nd i thnk u r a big crkt fan....nd u said bcci shld agree with review sysem,m8 dont mind...the council is run by icc....nt by bcci,bt i m an indian....i thnk bcci iz very analytical,calculative nd hav a capablity 2 make a successful team nd i thnk they hav already done that....nd made us the world most richest nd successful cricket board.....sum ppl lyk u alwaz get envy with us that even after losing nd commenting on our plyers....hav u ever seen hw aussie nd england players used 2 repond in these kind of situation nd we alwayz neglected it nd moved on....nd knw its our tym nd your iz nt performong so r trying 2 exaggirae our world class eam bt r wrong cozmo....i beleive u nd your team can only think of playing he way v use 2 play....bt could never play...!

  • on July 14, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    yes i absolutely agree , that he should have been brought up on charges. this was very unsportsman like and unproffesional

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    I am not blindly going to support Dhoni nor doubt Dhoni since we dont know his side of story. Harper might have misinterpreted it.

    Clearly India being No1 is irking not only Aussies players but also Umpires :-)

    All the readers jumping on Dhoni, wud have supported Ponting if the same had been done by him in his earlier days when Aussies were the big bullies.

    Dhoni is a very straight forward person who puts his opinions in a brief and non-offensive manner. He has the right as captain to make such statements . He is showing his anguish.

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    I blame the media. Of Course, Dhoni saying we had problems with you and that kind are never appropriate... but the cultural difference in English speaking countries and other countries is vast. Whatever is said by an Indian player is mostly taken in a wrong manner and what said by Rickys and Steves is taken as words out of disappointment. Who the hell is bothered if he is disappointed, no one is authorized to shout at another person or comment on others.

    Cricket should be played without talking to the umpires. Decision is made, you should not talk to the umpire on it. Let the umpire talk if needed... no issues.

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    I never liked Harper as an umpire, but I have to agree to him in this case! BCCI and India are acting as if they can do anything and get away just because they are no1 .. its just ruining cricket! hopefully they will realize it before its too late

  • mavenscorp on July 14, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    @pragmatist..100% agree with you pal..The fact that once Aussies dominated the game and had almost controlled the ICC does not mean in any way for the Indian team (& the board especially) to go in the same path..this signifies the same arrogance shown by them. Ultimately no one should be above the rules of the game...

  • Sanath-aiyya on July 14, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    I agree with you 100% mr harper. The ICC or BCCI as its known these days has always indulged in selective management since the time When V Sehwag was not penalised or rather it was withdrawn due to pure indian pressure.

    The sooner the Indian Team and its board come crashing down the better it is for the game of cricket.

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    people the india cricket board is to be blamed . did there not REFUSE the DRS system. why complain now.. i so getting to hate india , people all over the world. mr daryl i wanna take this chance to say well done, and i hope u succeed in the near future

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:53 GMT



    Adviced dhoni about upholding the spirit of the game??? seriously funny comment by harper. no wonder y dhoni didnt turned hIs ear down to this comments...

    i've seen several times harper teasing the bowlers while appealing , by rising the hand then adjustiing the hat!! lol.

    ive never seen dhoni teasing his counterparts....



  • Sakthiivel on July 14, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Straight on point. Daryl Harper became old and unable to give right decision. That made the cool captain wild and responded it in match presentation. Now Daryl Harper need cheap publicity and to justify his stand he comes out with this cover story. Moral of the story: blame some one if you do mistakes.

  • beingsharih on July 14, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Mahi did not say anythng wrong. Mr.Harper close ur eyes and think once. Had the correct decisions been taken the game wud hav been over much earlier. Whts wrong in this statement? U r talking about his attitude.Twice in 2 matches he ws given out of no-ball, did he even complain or made any negative statement about umpire's decision on his dismissal. Do u need any better proof abt his good sportsmanship. If at all u need a proof abt his attitude, kindly meet umpires like Simon Taufel, Ian Gould, Asad Rauf, Billy or anyone else and ask them. U r just trying to obscure ur wrong decisions by blowing his words out of proportion. Dont u think u r the reason for all that has happened n u simply blaming Mahi for his comments. He is a sensible guy and won't say anythng wrong. He has just said what ws correct. Everytime u ppl come charging at Indian team. On numerous occasions Ponting n Smith hav had verbal duels with umpires on decisions against them, no one says a word then n questions them.

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Mr Harper should keep his mouth shut, because if Ricky Ponting had made comments he would have shut his mouth. Dhoni is showing us what a great captain he is. He is showing us how far he would go to stand up for India!!!

  • drsamprasad on July 14, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    why didn't Harper come out with this then and there?? Why wait till He is safely nestled at home?

  • Shankar on July 14, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Its funny how every action now is translated as unfair BCCI influence. Dhoni opens his mouth to yawn, oh BCCI influence. Dhoni swats a fly on the ground, oh BCCI influence. I agree that Dhoni could have avoided this statement, but Harper is no saint himself. If BCCI exerts unfair influence, then I think it is needed to counter the myopic view of match refrees, and probably posters of comments here. Where were you guys when Ricky Ponting argued for eternity with the umpires on the field, or when SA was criticising umpires decisions after 2nd test match against India. In my view similar unfair dominance by Aus has existed so long, just a change of hands now, thats all.

  • Nutcutlet on July 14, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Whatever the rights and wrongs of this unpleasant clash between Dhoni and Daryl Harper, it demands an urgent inquiry by the ICC. Such accusations need to be substantiated and the necessary sanctions applied if a case against Dhoni is found. Just because other teams have crossed the line in the past, it doesn't make bad behaviour any more acceptable in 2011. Underlying this chip on the shoulder attitude expressed in some of these comments lies the obscene spectre of racism. This matter cannot be alowed to lie like a bad smell in the arena of international cricket.

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    All empires should understand that bad judgements do not cost them anything, but to a player and to the game a lot of injustice. For all these years, for Harper bad judgements, ICC was punishing the players, and Harper thinks that ICC should continue that way.

  • lucky136 on July 14, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    daryl harper is a good umpire . in my opinion he is write in this case

  • micronizer on July 14, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Harper's comments may be in bad taste but they do not absolve Dhoni or Praveen or Mishra - 2 wrongs do not make one right - ICC should independently assess the incidents and take action accordingly. Not doing anything will make Dhoni's behaviour worse. He is the one against DRS too. We need DRS and we need discipline.

  • Mr_Anonymous on July 14, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    I think the time has come to put in a regular evaluation system for umpires decisions especially now the UDRS in some form has been accepted. This was done by S Rajesh at the end of the WC2011. http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc_cricket_worldcup2011/content/story/504744.html

    Just like we have penalties for players (excessive appealing/disrespect to umpires etc), we should have similar penalties for umpires.

    Here is an example (not a proposal) of how it could work: If an umpire makes more than 2 incorrect decisions in a match (reversed by DRS) they should be removed from intl umpiring duties for 1 month. If they make more than 4 incorrect decisions in a match suspension of intl umpiring duties for 3 months.

    Right now, umpires can continue to make mistakes and the case of Asoka De Silva being dropped in WC2011 are rare despite poor umpiring performance. This causes frustration in players.

    Regardless, Dhoni should have been more humble. No need for arrogance and controversy.

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    What happened to the old Australian saying "What Happens in the Field Stays in the Field". ;)

  • darkknight1072 on July 14, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Things happen on field and this is not new. Yes, its not appropriate for Dhoni to say that. He is being highlighted because there is something called'Crucify Indian team and BCCI' campaign going on at the moment.

  • kanshere on July 14, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    if Dhoni is wrong about commenting on umpiring, by the same standards, Harper has no right to complain/comment about ICC decisions.

  • AliHaydar on July 14, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    The number of comments coming out *against* Mr. Harper astounds me! If this had been any other umpire, even a no-name umpire from Namibia, every one with half a mind would be up in arms against blatant dissent to an umpire's decisions. The ICC should definitely take immediate action against Dhoni as he is responsible for all actions committed by his team on the field as well as his own comments off the field. I don't care if Harper committed 1000 mistakes in a single test; YOU DON'T DISRESPECT AN UMPIRE. That's a founding principle for the spirit of cricket! And let's not forget that the BCCI came out against the DRS for this series; had they simply acceded to its usage, the "bad calls" Dhoni is upset about would have been resolved, and he could have made whatever important appointment he had at his hotel that was in conflict with HIS JOB.

  • Charindra on July 14, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    I think both are wrong here. Harper is notorious for ordinary decisions and as a Sri Lankan I can say that SL would have won a few tests against Eng and Aus had it not been for his incompetence. And his statement here loses validity and relevance because there is no approval of the DRS by him. He's against the DRS and always has been. As for Dhoni, well, he should just stop acting as if the world of cricket owes him something. I'm a huge fan of his captaincy style and the coolness with which he goes about stuff, but if he doesn't want umpires to make mistakes then have the DRS!!!! It's simple really. Simple, but not for a stubborn personality maybe.

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Dhoni is an amazing captain i have ever seen in indian cricket history! Good Job, i like your team management skills!

  • stormy16 on July 14, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    I am not sure why there are so many suggesting the Australians attitude and behaviour in the past as approval of anything arrogant, disrespectful and plain ugly. Still worse there is a belief that these traits are a requiement for success. It was wrong then and its still wrong and no amount of success will make it right. Dhonis comments were out of line and should have been punished to ensure success doesnt get married off with unacceptable behavior. For those of you who like 'selective management' always consider how it feels when your not the recepient of it. My call is respect the game we love and no one is bigger than the game itself and upholding the spirit of the game is bigger than success but unfortunately there is no money involved for that!!

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    The decorum and sanctity of this gentlemen's game must be given top priority by the players as well as the umpires. If behavioral lapses are pointed at the highest level then they should not be left unpunished, be it Australians or Indians. Dhoni is no bigger than the game. It's true Harper made some mistakes in that test but then WI has also been on the receiving end of the umpires' mistakes in the subsequent tests. It's not that only Dhoni should be condemned for his remarks, any player can make mistakes, but its the responsibility of the authorities to deal with such happenings appropriately. Ganguly in his heydays used to be very aggressive but whenever he crossed limits he was fined. And ultimately every player should take lessons from the Master Tendulkar on how to conduct himself on field. The Master, on so many occasions, has been shown the way to pavillion by erring umpires but not once he had questioned those umpires' capabilities. Dear ICC, wake up now.

  • Jim1207 on July 14, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    If Mukund had done wrong, he should just tell the captain that he did wrong. What did Harper do? He said: "It's your responsibility to make sure your team behaves well". Would he tell that to every other captain or when Stu Broad does wrong. As an umpire, his job is to officiate the match and just tell a player or captain that it should not happen. Why did Harper talk to Dhoni too much about responsibility and all? Because Harper did not like Dhoni from the beginning and used the chance to take a dig at the captain. It was unnecessary. Harper must have just reported to match referee instead of talking to captain about whose responsibility is whom. So, when Harper did something wrong, Dhoni took a dig at him in press conference so ICC could not enforce any punishment on him. Dhoni just told mildly and comically even if there is a reason behind. Harper must first act like a gentleman before asking players to be so. Players would have tension on the field,but umpires should show like this

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    If these comments were made by pointing he would've been charged ! Indian fans can't accept the truth . Time for ICC to step up or only indian fans will be watching cricket and no one else.

  • kristee on July 14, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Seems like Dhoni & co were taking some 'precaution' before an otherwise difficult series. In the third test there were more bad decisions against Windies. Dhoni should definitely have been penalized.

  • reality_checker on July 14, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    @ Mahbub Hasan...really?? B'desh would still not win the world cup!..haha

  • dhsingithw on July 14, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    That is true. Umpire's made mistakes. That's why referral systems are employed by the ICC as a mean of using technology & to reduce errors. Dhoni my advice to you is , if you're not happy with the referral system don't blame the umpires. If a decision go you're way you always accept. But when it turns other way around you talk. That seems not fare-enough. Support the referral system & then talk. Think...............

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    It gives bad name for all good empires if empires like Harper in the list. I should blame ICC to keep him around for such a long time and allow him to do lot of injustice to lot of players and to the game. Yes, we have to respect the empires but what about the game. ICC should stand for the game rather than empires. Just love the game rest is history.

  • CandidIndian on July 14, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Well Harper tried his best to be Bucknor ,this match in which he gave 6 wrong decisions against India, if this was against strong teams like Aus,SA,Eng,SL ,India would have lost the match and it would have been another ugly incident like Sydney.Why should Dhoni be punished for criticizing whats wrong.Steve Davis gave poor decisions in Durban against SA and those were not 6 wrong decisions ,much less than that but SA board removed him and he was criticized too.Harper has been consistently poor, we all saw so many of his decisions overturned during Kenya Pak match in recent world cup.Ricky Ponting points a finger at umpire(Alem Dar) and gets into heated argument he is not punished, but Dhoni should be punished for raising the voice against something wrong.Nice theory Mr Harper, its great for the game that you stay at home .

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Someone mentioned India also can be like aussies , pls be like Aussies in good ways not bad ways , If India are like the Aussies then india should have won the last test match because Ausies would have atleast tried even though not winning.. Whoever makes a mistake its a mistake.. Play good cricket like how australia played , dont copy them in things like showing attitude...

  • frozeninusa on July 14, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Umpiring is not for people with big fat egos. If umpires pay more attention on their main job ie to make on-field cricketing decisions, they would make less mistakes and would get more respect from the players.

  • prem221603 on July 14, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    umpires like Daryl are disgrace to the game of cricket.They just can not give bad decisions one after another and escape saying they are human after all.The umpires must be made accountable and they should also be ready to render apology to the players affected by their bad decisions.Their pay should also be cut accordingly.Then only umpires like Daryl will not officiate in any international cricket matches.

  • on July 14, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    It would be sad if Harper's statement clouds the fact that he has faithfully, thought not perfectly served cricket for many years. Yes, he has made errors. No human being can avoid making errors. Such situations would have been partially avoided by an embrace of the Review System. As for Dhoni, his response reflects his feeling aggrieved after what he perceived to be poor umpiring decisions. Maybe he should have demonstrated greater restraint, but what he said is not sufficient to cause a cricketing tsunami. Let's move on.

  • on July 14, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Shame for India,Dhoni should apologise.

  • pragmatist on July 14, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    I must say this is a sad story. The decline of on-field behaviour to such an extent that the captain of the world's top-ranked team refuses to recognise the authority of an umpire and actually sledges him during the match is appalling. Dhoni should have been suspended for this. And he should know better as an experienced cricketer and ambassador for his country. I would make this comment about any cricketer who did this - regardless of his country. But the suggestions of "one rule for India, one rule for everyone else" are worrying for the future of the game.

  • Naren on July 14, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Just think what would have happened if it was Ponting instead of Dhoni? The whole Indian media will be all over Ricky. I am not sure why the media is so partial. He has no rights to criticize umpires in public. Whether it is Ricky or Dhoni.. it looks bad. Just accept the decisions and move on. It is far easier to play the game than to umpire it. ICC should be ashamed of the way they have backed their umpires. As Harper says.. Praveen is not a debut bowler, he has played so many matches.

  • Ian316 on July 14, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Oh no Mr.Harper! The honourable Mr. Dhoni can not be punished! He is the almighty of cricket! The public would rather you retire, than Sir Dhoni get a slap on the hand! On a serious note, about time someone stood up to Dhoni! If he doesn't like the decisions, then just agree to the DRS! Problem solved!

  • hulk777 on July 14, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    I feel not every comment made by Dhoni should be taken seriously by Harper.Like "We've had problems with you before, Daryl". It could have been made in a most jovial way. But at the same time, Dhoni should have been punished for critizing the umpire in public. I cant tolerate Indian mentality of making use of power in a wrong way. It is very common in day to day life. Now that drainage is getting into ICC , all because of Indian adminstrators. GO and look outside India, like in US, everyone is common and everyone has the same rule. But Not in India and that is spreading in ICC too. ICC should make sure that there is no links to politics by future board members. Dhoni is thinking he is GOD. But the real GOD, Sachin never said anything bad in public. Even when he was at the receiving end. I dont want to say what should Dhoni do to learn from Sachin.

  • on July 14, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    Oh My God....In all sports there's something called "freedom of speech" I live in Canada, and this is 1 of the strong parts of our country...But why in the world is there noooo such thing as freedom of speech in cricket??? I just dont understand, whenever says something against some1 else, they have the right to sue them in cricket, but its not like that in any other sport... :)

  • Tyrone_Persaud on July 14, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    Thank you Mr. Daryl Harper!!! Well Said!!! Long live Daryl Harper, long live Daryl Hair!!!

  • on July 14, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Dhoni has diplomatic immunity because he wears a blue and white uniform

  • on July 14, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    Yes, Harper is a poor umpire.. But he acted correctly on Praveen kumar issue..No doubt about it.. Correct or wrong decisions..players have no right to question the umpire.. Moreover India have not accepted DRS in the series.. Yes Dhoni should have been punished..

  • Purenepal on July 14, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Team India playing: Umpires for the match: Javagal Srinath, Ajit Agarkar Third Umpire: Attapattu Raju Result: India won ICC ranking: India is number one Sharad Pawar felicitates the whole team.......

  • on July 14, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Watching the Indian commentators out here : I think Sachin Tendulkar should officiate as an umpire ; if he does choose to retire .

  • on July 14, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    First of all Dhoni never mentioned Harper's name in his pres conference.. he was speaking over all umpiring decision of the match..

  • ZshanKhan on July 14, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    I agree with my pakistani friends, Daryl Hair should be respected for what he did.

  • on July 14, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    Mr. Harper says that there was basically a hive of inactivity in Dubai and he was intimidated by Dhoni and Dhoni should have been punished. Well Mr. Harper this inactivity has been with ICC ever since its existence. If you are not biased, you might recall the incident involving Michael Slater with S. Venkatraghvan in Mumbai in 2001 where slater crossed all the limits and Cammie Smith, the West Indian match referee did nothing nor did ICC. Also important to note is that there were no issues with regards to bad umpiring. However the Indian umpire did not went to media highlighting the bad management of ICC for not taking action which was run by Malcom Gray and Malcom Speed.

    May be Dhoni should have been punished, may be not but then this problem of not punishing a player is not new and certainly not because of BCCI's dominance. Just because the traditional powers England and Australia are at the receiving end of the stick does not mean that BCCI is wrongly using its position.

  • SachinLara1 on July 14, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    @januka: so tell me when did u see dhoni walking to pavillion irrespecting the umpire....

  • on July 14, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Hundred percent agreeeed...!!! Dhoni MUST have been fined for his rude words... FULL STOP

  • on July 14, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Daryl, you're dead on about how 'selective management' is lowering the standards of the game. I concur with your decisions about Praveen Kumar and Abhinav. And.. in some way Dhoni should have been reprimanded. But you know that's not going to happen. BCCI in the cricketing world is like how the US is to the rest of world.... No one can stand up to them. The ICC and others will read your interview or statement and move on. Nothing's going to come out of it.

    Dhoni MUST have been punished... FUL STOP

  • on July 14, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    no problems ever.. 2 players came to you and said say sorry to you.. thats ok .. you made a wrong decision and you cant you say sorry my dear old man.

    listen you may be a umpire but not the god of cricket..

  • Bimusa44 on July 14, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    It's a sad state of affairs when an Umpire cant do his job without constant criticism; especially when that criticism is coming from the players during the course of a match. It's also unfortunate to see that the ICC governing body has taken a back seat to India, when it comes to making important decisions for the good of the Game. There's no place in International Cricket for the type of verbal outburst directed at Mr. Harper by Mr.Dhoni. What about "The Umpire's Decision Is Final" Umpires are not PERFECT, but we shouldl be prepared to live with the decisions made. I'll never forget, March 26,1961, Kensington Oval, 3rd test, WI v I ndia, Kanhai on 89, was given out (run out) by Cortez Jordan (my cousin) and 99% of the spectators were totally upset.. We didn't have replay then, but next morning, in the News Paper, a still photo showed that Kanhai was out by at least a foot. I don't care for the DRS, and don't like it being used to MAKE decisions. Give the game back to the Umpir

  • on July 14, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    Firstly, Let me start of saying I am a Indian cricket fan. More than anything I love Cricket. So in the spirit game, the comments made by Dhoni on and off the field are so lame and argumentative, he has to be punished severely with a 3 test 5 ODI ban. This has to be a lesson to other players. Of late these kind of aggressive refusal and disagreement with the decision is spiking with the 20/20 culture. Kids like Amit Mishra does not respect the umpire. He needs to be reprimanded severely as well. No one is above the law or the Game.

    ICC has made a good decision to include DRS for all games which will solve some of these problems but not all.

    @Dhoni, we expect more from you. This argumentative attitude will not help..

  • sweetspot on July 14, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    What's all this about the spirit of the game being questioned? There was nothing unsporting done in the entire series between India and WI. There is great respect for each other, and admiration too. Didn't you see how Kirk Edwards' maiden ton on debut was appreciated by Indian players? Dig into the history of the sport and there have been several occasions when rank incompetence has gone against Indian and other sub continent teams, well before this DRS business came into play. There have also been a lot of occasions when umpires have not been impartial. This is a professional Indian side, that wants to make sure they get the results they have worked for. If you cannot perform as an umpire, get out of the way. That is the least you can do.

  • Homer2007 on July 14, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    From the ICC CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PLAYERS AND PLAYER SUPPORT PERSONNEL a Level 1 Offence or a Level 2 Offence that is alleged to have been committed at any time or place other than on the field of play then the Report must be lodged with the Match Referee (or, where, for logistical reasons, it is impractical to lodge with the Match Referee, the ICC's Cricket Operations Department) as soon as reasonably practicable, and in any event, no later than forty-eight (48) hours (where the Report is lodged by an Umpire) - That Mr Harper chose not to file this report speaks volumes of his intent or ignorance. If it is the former, he really has no business to be berating MS Dhoni now and if it is the latter, he is only confirming what a lot of us suspected.


  • playitfair on July 14, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    A couple of things..Dhoni saying that if the right decisions were made, the game could be over earlier. Maybe he was talking about his own decisions on the field (bowling changes etc)..Secondly, it is not for Dhoni to accept or reject DRS..it is the BCCI's call. Before we criticize Dhoni, please read Gary's cmnts about him, describing him as the coolest captain. I think those criticising him are jealous of his accomplishments coming from a small town in India. Times have changed..India is no longer the submissive team..it has the guts to take any cricketing head on..in the game as well as verbally..Cricketing nations (even the neighbouring countries) are jealous and cannot accept the balance of power of ICC shifting to India. The manner in which the game is played today, I feel India have the right attitude (mix of talent and arrogange). If India is in a position to take a stand, so be it. Umpire Harper..you have been given out by the umpire (ICC), in the spirit of the game, pls GO.

  • jeni on July 14, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    It is interesting to note that he said initially that he made 2 mistakes harbhajans lbw and dhonis dismissal off a no ball and kohlis dismissal was questionable even according to him. Now he says he was wrong only once!! initimidating the umpire!have you been watching matches since 1990 @ Daryl.

  • Rupert147 on July 14, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    Two wrongs do not make a right. Darrell Harper is and always has been, a poor umpire at this level. If India knew this, which everyone else did, why didn't they agree to DRS. All this talk of the path of the ball through Hawkeye being suspect, its not as suspect as the random nature of Harper's umpiring. On the final point, Dhoni should have been reprimanded for his comments after the First Test, especially as this could have been avoided with technology at their disposal. I didn't see Dhoni complaining when Chanderpaul got a stinker from umpire Gould. Time to live in the present day.

  • spartan7 on July 14, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    @Xolile History doesn't forget world cup winners in a flash.

  • on July 14, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    If Dhoni did say that, then he should be banned. Harper was taken off the elite panel so his past mistakes shud have no bearing on this event. Get the party whos wrong and sanction them appropriately, indian or otherwise

  • bigdhonifan on July 14, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    @Mahbub Hasan ... If BCCI thinks about banning Pak from Cricket, they wont play next game! reality

  • green_jelly on July 14, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    As stupid and childish as Harper might seem, Dhoni and the BCCI appear contradicting themselves by complaining about bad decisions and standing against UDRS at the same time. Hope this leads to a change in India's stance towards UDRS.

  • kabe_ag7 on July 14, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    (contd.) If Dhoni said to him what he claims, and he is clearly bitter about it, why didn't he report it to the match referee then? How does then he expect the ICC to pull up Dhoni (which he should be if he indeed said that)? "he didn't want to look at me, reluctantly acknowledged I was on the planet" - happens all the time. Players don't acknowledge warnings, very often don't even look at the umpires when they are warning them. Why get under the skin by repeating the admonition and insisting that you acknowledge it like a child should? And then he bases this incident to conclude that that's what he got criticised for. Fair enough about banning Praveen for running on the pitch. But what is there really to complain if Dhoni said that it was only his 1st test match. Of course Dhoni was wrong. But what's so big deal about it that he has to recount it in this way? Sure, good job for telling him that it doesn't matter which test match the player is playing. (contd.)

  • Cruzan on July 14, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    Harper doesnt have to say about how some players behave, even they harress their foreign coach to the maximum, but he finds harsh words against Dhoni ! Dhoni has been a target of those some, ever since IPL had its own choice of players to accept on the tourney. But Dhoni has been responsible.

  • RD270 on July 14, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    To get the facts right - Abhinav Mukund has not played a single ODI for India. So Dazza's got that one wrong. I just think Dazza's from the old school - "I own this ground and I run the show". Things don't run like that any more. If the players think he has done a bad job, he probably has, may be not in his decision making, but in the way he approaches players. He certainly has not been sensitive in handling players from the sub-continent, so may there is a little bit of cultural insensitivity involved.

  • kentjones on July 14, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    We have to tread carefully here. The authority of the umpire on the field must be maintained at all times. His position as arbiter on the filed of play must never be undermined or weakened in any way, whether his decision is correct or incorrect, or perceived as such. There are procedures put in place to deal with umpiring mistakes, but no one must confront or challenge the umpire on the field. This is a no no, Mr. Dhoni and company. I f you violate these rules you must be punished. From the genesis of the game of cricket on that very first day of the first test to test 1999 there have been umpiring mistakes made and these will continue until if or when a system has been perfected. What do we do in the mean time? Adopt the procedures for such mistakes that are in place and simply move on, otherwise the game, its perceived integrity and its institutional power may be permanently and irreversibly undermined. True lovers of the game would stoutly resist such an unwelcome development!

  • Bilal_Choudry on July 14, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    same rule for every one .. no body is bigger than the game. The ICC should start taking decisions otherwise it will soon be irrelevant

  • SachinLara1 on July 14, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    one wrong decision????lol do u think that the audience are blind?????

  • on July 14, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    if dhoni said that he shud be punished i see all indian supporters against harper here but i am also n indian n we feel india is targeted but off late the ICC has been very lenient to India with many matters escpecially wer India choses not 2 opt 4 DRS n keeps crying about decisions i feel ICC is an example of selective management we indians chose 2 ignore it coz we r the team thats enjoying

  • CricketDev on July 14, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Cricket The Gentle Men's Game? Daryl comments/Dhoni criticising, all these issues points to ICC. Daryl's not the best in business for sure, i have seen many unfair decision with different cricket playing countries (Daryl calls it human mistake or influential decisions i'm not here to judge him), Yes it effects the result of the game. Why blame players who work hard on the field 6-7 hrs a day & get unfair decision? If ICC has RULES for Players & Umpires, why do umpires get away ("Human Mistakes"). who suffer Players/country, ICC gets what it needs $. As a spectator, we give our time & money to watch the game, and in my view " Get better Technology, DSR is not accurate i can challenge ICC on DSR, or update it to 99% accuracy, 1% error is expected in Technology. Why blame Dhoni, Sammy, etc. Unfairness has been seen from both the sides, if one decideds to talk, its not a SIN. ICC should see them as the bugs in the system & fix it. Applies to all Cricketing Nation. Be Fare to the Game.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on July 14, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    @xolile--history can never forget a world cup winning captain.PERIOD.

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on July 14, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    One little anecdote I want to recite about Harper which I saw on TV...

    He was umpiring a test match which probably featured India(I am not really sure). As it so happened this test match, into the fourth innings, was affected by rain but had the batting side in control. Harper along with the other umpire inspected the conditions and then spoke to the broadcaster live about when play can start. He said something to the effect of "Yes we all want to see a good game of cricket. There is quite some cricket to be played here and who knows what can happen if a few wickets fall." For someone in a position to affect the outcome of the game, this comment was totally irresponsible and unprofessional. It is not for him to say if this game should be exciting or not. His job is to assess the conditions and decide accordingly.

    Just a little example of the sort of character he is. That he now has strong opinions about Dhoni and his behaviour is hypocrisy at best.

  • on July 14, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    I see what Harper is upset about. It seems as though all top teams are allowed to operate by a different standard. Australia were just as bad when they were at the top.

  • me54321 on July 14, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Harper wasn't the best umpire, particularly towards the end (his performance in the eng-sa series was comical at times), but the way India (fans, players, media) have gone after him isn't right. After having seen the decisions he was criticised for, I would have to agree with Harper. Also the famous shoulder before wkt that many complain about wasn't a bad decision at all (just watched it a few times). I'm sure he is bitter, I would be too.

  • on July 14, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    In my views i think that Indian skipper MS Dhoni has also got some arrogance after becoming No.1 side and Wc winners just like Rickey Ponting.But he should know that Punter has won all the dens in world cricket and Dhoni has to do a lot in test cricket especially like to win a test series in Australia or in Srilanka.

  • nilakshan.anand on July 14, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    dhoni is not up to the mark in the game these days..he is not worthy captain for india in test level..he should be punished for his actions and comments..i stand side with harper..

  • kabe_ag7 on July 14, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    By these statements, Harper himself comes off as an arrogant and cynical person. To start with, he himself had conceded earlier that he had made two clear errors (and that the rest were not definitive). And now he says that there was only 1 error. But ok, that's still not the point. Now, he was not crucified in the Indian media. Bad decisions are reported all the time. The media didn't ask for his head, not even close, which is the impression he seems to be giving here. Thirdly, all Mishra did was that he gestured to his arm before leaving the crease. It's great behaviour on part of Sammy and Rampaul to apologise for their indiscretion, but why should Harper expect Mishra to come and apologise to him after he has accepted his fine? It was only last week when Broad insisted that he will stay aggressive right after being fined. Isn't that being more defiant than what Mishra did (or well, not did)? (contd.)

  • Haleos on July 14, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    So many ppl commenting against India and BCCI. I smell jealousy.

  • thunder.ball on July 14, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    As a indian fan , i am happy that ESPNCRICINFO is giving more PR to Indian team and BCCI. Every news about indian team and bcci is getting more comments and i will thank for everyone showing interest in india. This shows that eveyone out in world is very eager to see and read what's champions are doing.

    Now about Harper, why the hell he didn't report that comments from dhoni to match refree?

  • Commenter123 on July 14, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    He is a lousy umpire anyway.

  • on July 14, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    most of the guys who are commenting here are crazy with indian team for nothing. it also happened with australia but nobody blamed ricky ponting at that time. hmm... petty on you guys just you all are envious of indian team.

  • ZshanKhan on July 14, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Being an Indian, I completely agree with all the Pakistani fans here. Daryl Hair should be respected for what he has done.

  • ali14pakistani on July 14, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Don't worry Mr Harper, the Indian team (excluding Tendulkar) are dwarfs in giants clothes, with due time they will come down to earth with their own words -----wait and see!!!!!!

  • on July 14, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Daryl might have given many wrong decisions,but the way Dhoni behaved was really unfair. Riding on his team's success,Dhoni is thinking he could do whatever he likes and BCCI would support him. In this case,Dhoni should be penalized,else it hampers the spirit of the game.If he is spared,the black mark of Dhoni would be attributed to entire Indian team!

  • on July 14, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    we have a fair play and respect the referee campaign in football,employ a similar thing in cricket.just like players make mistakes,umpires can err,and its a taxing job.the aussies were criticised when they condemned da umpires,so why isnt msd castigated?introduce a respect campaign

  • rocky on July 14, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Look at Harper's recent history where he was dropped from the elite panel in may 2011 (well before the India-WI series).He was not chosen for world 20-20 in 2010 for his performance standards. http://www.espncricinfo.com/world-twenty20-2010/content/story/451451.html

    In fact there was an article on cricinfo in january underlining the case for UDRS using Harpers howlers in SA-Eng series for examples. http://www.espncricinfo.com/rsaveng09/content/story/444330.html

    He had made huge mistakes even as a 3rd umpire. All these incidents had nothing to do with India or Dhoni. Even in the 1st test of Ind-WI series he had 4-5 wicket taking bad decisions which were being used to as an example why UDRS should be there. Look at Dhoni's record ,has he been charged or criticized by any other umpire!

  • akshararamji on July 14, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Its highly deplorable behaviour of Dhoni. Our crickets are thinking that they are above anything in this world and nothing can bind them. Whoever may it be, they should be punished without any hesitation. It should be a lesson to all and make them understand the gamesmanship should prevail upon individual emotions. It is highly shame on our cricketers' part that Dary had to retire ungracefully. I hope that BCCI comes forward to issue stringent warning to the erring Indian Cricketers to save the face of the game.

  • satanswish on July 14, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Daryl Harper should now live peaceful retired life instead of giving such controversial statements. No doubt his umpiring was very poor in his previous test match.

  • on July 14, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    There are two separate points here: it is true both that (1) Daryl Harper had been one of the weakest umpires on the circuit for some time and his removal from the list was overdue, and (2) MS Dhoni's comments were unacceptable and against the spirit of the game. It's easy to accept good decisions; the requirement to accept poor ones with magnanimity and good humour is what separates cricket from the rest.

  • on July 14, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    It India Empire of Cricket! Others should be submissive.

  • amitgarg78 on July 14, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    As someone pointed out, Harper had the option of reporting Dhoni to match refree. He didn't. So why complain now? How can ICC reprimand a player if he is not reported? Now this is just one man's word against another. Odd behavior, isn't it?

  • jnrs on July 14, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    Blah blah blah - Dhoni this and Dhoni that - don't be so sarcastic towards Indian captain. he just expressed his displeasure about way below umpiring by Australian umpire. You haven't to forget that before also Daryl given decision against Indian players which were surely subject of heated discussion here and off course ICC and if action was going to be taken, Daryl Harper was not umpiring for years (Banned out by ICC not under pressure from BCCI but their own inquiry). But anyway, best try to protect Daryl Harper umpiring. Hope cricket world will not see him again.

  • on July 14, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    A lot of you are complaining about ATTITUDE. Well, Team INDIA deserves that.

    Makes a lot to forget the ENGLAND's and AUSTRALIA's attitude.

  • YAMANAPPA on July 14, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    Harper done around 99 test umpiring but he didn't come to know his fault in his last test match aginst india,He was not accepting his fault bt he was blaming indians .............because they r raising his false decissions .lastly i don;t know how he stand and done is umpire around 90 tests. Bt he also know that a single catch win the match .........if he gave wrong decission around six wickets then the team member will deffinateil blame the umpire...........dhoni was right here. if ICC WANTS TO TAKE ACTION IT MUST BE ON HARPER ON THE UMPIRE other wise icc also become culprit in this decission if they aginst DHONI,,,,,,

  • on July 14, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    well done,dhoni. someone need to raise their voice.

  • tradetekbiz on July 14, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    Just imagine if a Pakistani player had done what Dhoni did, oh the horrors, the horrors!

  • on July 14, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    "David Richardson wrote 'the reality of the situation is that Daryl's statistics show his correct decision percentage in Tests involving India is 96 per cent....." These 96% correct decision include 4s,6s,wides,no balls,leg byes etc for sure

  • Arbb on July 14, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    Harper is crying now? how many players did made cry over his decisions. the famous being SBW (Shoulder Before Wicket) against Sachin. If ICC prepared to take action against in correct decision makers he would have been among the first to go out of the elite panel years ago. I am not justifying Dhoni for his comments but someone has to say this down the lane. No mercy feeling for Mr. Harper.

  • JaiMatadi on July 14, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    I don't think Dhoni has no right to question umpire's decision. It is he and the Board who are opposing DRS. Then they should accept the umpire's decision. He doesn't understand Indian culture where we do not criticise others publicly

  • sams235 on July 14, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Indian fan here...If Harper is true, yes Dhoni should be punished. He is right ICC should have the authority to do what is right. This is not good for the game.

  • on July 14, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    @xolite - *Almost* in agreement with you about Dhoni's skills as a batter and a WK. In his defense though - and a world-beating one at that - the guy is a waterwalker!! I mean, I am in no way a Dhoni fan man.. but hey, how do you denounce 2 world cup wins, top test team status and several other feathers in his cap.

    Also, all his faulty, stupid and wrong decisions in the past notwithstanding, I think, Harper, for now, for once, is right. No matter the player, the board, or the country, the spirit of game and rules and regulations should be foremost.

    I am an Indian and I'd be lying if I said it doesn't feel nice to see my country in "driving seat" after England-Australia duopoly for decades. HOWEVER, just because these boards weren't right in their conduct and/or ICC let themselves be bullied, manipulated and ridiculed, doesn't mean India should do the same now that it's *obviously* the kingpin.

  • M0NARCH on July 14, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Thank God, Harper is out and India do not need to play against 12 opponents anymore

  • CRIC89 on July 14, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Why Indians are so much dislike with DRS? It's funny they are criticizing umpire's decisions.

  • KeepWalking on July 14, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    There is the ICC code of conduct, and then there is the BCCI code of conduct...!! And we all know which one is followed in the games India play.. It is really shameful on Dhoni's part to say what he said... Out of 1999 tests played to date, quite a few of them have been affected by incorrect decisions, and often the rub of the green has gone India's way... but I can not remember any other captain making statements such as these. Form an Indian, apologies to Mr. Harper for the conduct of our national team.

  • gurukannan on July 14, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    No one can really say if harper is right or dhoni is right, unless there is a clear evidence. But Indian team please don't develop attitude and superiority. We won the world cup, right! we are ranking no.1 right! but doesn't mean that you need the superiority attitude. We all have seen Aussies falling down from no.1. So nothing is permanent. History always repeats itself.

  • sidzy on July 14, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Well BCCI has got the power and players surely know how to use it be it Dhoni or Kumble.

  • Another_brick_in_the_wall on July 14, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    India is going the way of the arrogant Aussies and Dhoni is going Sreesanth's way. Get a hold on yourself skipper.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 14, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    If dhoni did something wrong then he should be punished . But wait Absence of UDRS cannot be an excuse for your umpiring errors right? Who can forget those successive mistakes be in the test match or in world cup. I am glad you have taken the right decision Harper.

  • spinkingKK on July 14, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    I agree with Mr.Harper that Dhoni should be punished if he has done what harper said. However, what Harper got to note is, Ponting used to intimidate the international umpires all the time when a decision goes against them. But, no body ever fined him for that either. I thought umpire Harper had a good relationship with the Indian team and he always officiated well. I can't beleive he is talking this bad about the entire team.

  • pkaul on July 14, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    In the past, an umpire's decision was final. In their hands rested the fate of many young cricketers starting their careers. A momentary lapse on the part of an umpire was often the final nail in a player's coffin. In 2011 we should no longer need to worry about human error and bad decisions ruining the career of players and the course of games. While I am not condoning disrespect to an umpire or any other player or person for that matter, it is very interesting to me that Harper's expectation is that players come into his dressing room, apologize profusely and leave humbled. Maybe umpires should start doing that to players every time they make a bad decision. Umpires are not held accountable enough for the bad decisions they make. They have almost nothing to lose. The fortunes of players hinge on these important decisions and especially young players starting their careers, a bad decision in an important game could be the end of a potentially wonderful career. In with DRS, out with DH

  • on July 14, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Fair play to Harper , if the org you work for doesn't back you then speak out . Inaccurate umpiring is a shame they are human mistakes happen , however the Umpires should always be treated with respect and issues dealt with off the field DRS or not . Its becoming similar to Football where some players think Refs/Umpires are not worthy of those that earn the big bucks . Stronger judgements for infringements and a much more pro Umpire stance required from the ICC . If the umps aren't any good then use the technology to weed out the bad uns removed from the passion of the immediate match.

  • diehardcricketfan3 on July 14, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    i ask all of you who blamed dhoni.... first prove that dhoni has said these words to harper... and then comment... we all know dhoni is a humble player on and off the field... i think dhoni didn't do any mistake in this case also..

  • on July 14, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    when Ricky Ponting used to say the same things one one ever cared coz Australia were the number one team...i have heard such things being said, what is wrong with saying if the right decisions were made we would have been in the hotel early, tht is simply acknowledging the errors that occured in the game...during the perth test match against aus n india no one even said a thing...captains have said such things before.Dhoni has respect for other teams and umpire and for the game i dnot think he did anything wrong..this is a guy who was given out twice off 2 no balls but still let the game go on......

  • gung-ho on July 14, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    yeah, Dhoni should have been punished; you should have retired long ago. Speaking up now because you are now retired. ribbit... ribbit... ribbit...

  • cosmoboy on July 14, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    If BCCI would have accepted the Review system earlier, these comments could have not come up. Its really unessary for the World Champions... and the media created hype on this. The BCCI has to take measures and advice the Team how to address the media and to give polite and effective comment on others.

  • on July 14, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    frankly harper is acting like a sore loser

  • sachin1bradman2 on July 14, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Harper has made way too many glaring mistakes as an umpire, to get much sympathy from anyone outside of Australia. His umpiring has been criticized by a lot of senior players like David Gower, Nassir Hussain, Bob Willis etc., in the past. Jeff Crowe, too, probably saw it as an incredibly poor display of umpiring by Harper, and didn't charge Dhoni because he felt that the Indian team were understandably frustrated, in this particular instance. Unfortunately, umpires like Hair and Harper, in their quest to prove themselves as tough, fearless etc., sometimes have been guilty of being a little harsh and insensitive. They would do well to look at someone like Simon Taufel (a fellow Aussie), who has an excellent on- field demeanour to go with his top class umpiring. Yes, the BCCI is at fault for being ridiculously slow in incorporating the DRS. And yes, it is also at fault for trying to be a bully at ICC meetings. But I don't think Harper is justified in playing the victim in this case.

  • on July 14, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    agree with Daryl Harper..

  • on July 14, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Daryl, definately we had problems with you in past. There is nothing wrong in it. We all know what Dhoni said was true. In fact there are couple of internaltional teams had problems with your umpiring. If you thought what Dhoni said was wrong then why dint you reported that on same day? Good luck for your future life.

  • ChuckyDoll on July 14, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Bravo Dhoni !!! Kudos for Dhoni !! This is your time, and you are absolutely right stamping your authority over everything, even umpires. I love this guy.

  • Skool on July 14, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    The fact is, Mr. Harper, that you really made mistakes in that match. And I absolutely 100% agree that we have had problems with you before, Daryl! Your most correct decision came after the match; the one to retire! Thank you Daryl, we will always remember your horrid decisions...

  • on July 14, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Harper wouldn't have peeped if the same comments were made by Ponting. Indians have the same power/attitude as the Aussies used to have. Live with it...

  • leo89 on July 14, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Wow!!At last someone ready to stand up against bullies.Daryl Harper is a good man.This was a sad end to his umpiring career.If these allegations are true the ICC must punish those who are mentioned.

  • twenty20f1 on July 14, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Daryl has made several poor decisions through out his career. He is simply grumpy now that he had to quit because he made glaring errors against the world's number one team and therefore had no where to hide. I'd say good riddance. He can now talk as much as he wants but at least will not ruin our beautiful game with his poor decisions. He should learn something from Simon Taufel. I can bet no one will say a word if Taufel has a bad game because he usually does a phenomenal job. For Daryl unfortunately it has been the other way around.

  • WPDDESILVA on July 14, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    Player's behaviour?? What about players like Jimmy Anderson? Always sledging sledging and sledging. Bad mouthing everyone!! He should be charged too!!

  • agam99 on July 14, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Dhoni did not question the Umpire's decision in the Ground unlike likes of Ponting & Smith......in Press Conf...He has every right to speak out what he feels and what he said was not wrong too... he did not mention any single umpire's name in purticular then why should HARPER react????? if he was not the guilty..... and...if 3rd umpire is doing mistakes in finding the NO-BALLS then what is question of using UDRS???????

  • Januka on July 14, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    I consider Dhoni to be one of the top tacticians in modern-day cricket and profusely talented. On the other hand, Daryl is one of the top umpires in the scene. When you first learn your cricketing basics, your coach engraves into your head that the game belongs to the umpire. Respect the decision and walk away. In this context, I do not think the Dhonis and Mishras will ever reach the stature of Tendulkars and Sangakkaras whose behavior on and off the field is gracious. It's ironic that the very team that rejected DRS is now complaining about umpiring errors. Double standards for sure. Well done Harper and good luck!

  • agam99 on July 14, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Another failed attempt by Harper to malign Indian skipper's clean image. Cmmon Harper....try better next time

  • on July 14, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Yes dhoni should have been punished.....he is probably the greatest excuse maker in the world cricket has ever got

  • on July 14, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    to all the people criticizing India and Dhoni here. when aus and eng were holding the ICC cards, what action did they take against erring indisciplined players ?!. Glenn Mc grath routinely had verbal volleys with the on field umpires and he even spat at players on a few occasions..so did Dale steyn some time back, what action was taken against them, can anybody educate us on that please!.. daryl harper was a biased umpire period. the sachin decision was one of his worst howlers..And arrogance has now become a global trait of success and power these days regardless of nationalities. It is unfortunate but a guy like harper talking about indian arrogance is laughable. The aussies were far more rough and assertive when they were dominating this sport.

  • Alexk400 on July 14, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    I disagree with harper in some of the things. I have seen some umpires cool with lots of things done by England (broad case) , SA, Australia and same umpires use STRICT code against asian teams. Kinda looking down attitude. Even though i do not like BCCI having too much power on UDRS issue or IPL , Harper case i have to side with dhoni. Some umpires like taufel is very strict but he knows sesnitivity of indians and asian players and he say things in a way that indians understand. No one does deliberately anything. Harper just donot like bcci and he just having strict code against indians. Harper made mistakes and he try to hide it by creating bad atmosphere. I don't mind harper giving LBW to sachin on marginal calls. Umpires are humans they do make mistakes. But Harper has kinda some vendetta against BCCI based on his interview there by he has vendetta against indian team. Some how NZ umpires, SA umpires does better job in asian involved games. Taufel is one exceptional aussie though

  • wnwn on July 14, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Daryl Harper was an excellent umpire unlike Daryl Hair.

  • givemefood on July 14, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Daryl, you're dead on about how 'selective management' is lowering the standards of the game. I concur with your decisions about Praveen Kumar and Abhinav. And.. in some way Dhoni should have been reprimanded. But you know that's not going to happen. BCCI in the cricketing world is like how the US is to the rest of world.... No one can stand up to them.

    The ICC and others will read your interview or statement and move on. Nothing's going to come out of it.

  • oyoy on July 14, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    If a player had made these comments, then the ICC would have punished him for "violating the spirit of the game " or some such nonsense. So a player runs up towards the umpire excuse me "charges" the umpire and that is not upholding the spirit of the game. I suppose Mukund should have curtsied and pranced over with a smile to please this clown.

    Why was old Harper removed from the panel of "elite" umpires? Perhaps because he took lousy decisions and there was bias? Does the Indian team have any problems with umpires other than Bucknor or Harper? If the team is full of low lifes as Harper claims, then the other umpires should complain also. I have seen the biased treatment (overlooking serious transgressions) meted out to the Australian teams who were obnoxious on and off the field. Remember the Chanders and McGrath exchange? Where was Harper then? He is just an old bigot waxing eloquently as he is being put out to pasture.

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    yes i agree with wat Harper said. Dhoni shud b punished for his behaviour.

  • elpistorelo on July 14, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    He was not good enough to stand as an umpire at international level. Simple as that. If he was fair and square he should not have walked away from officiating in that test match. But he did so he should keep quiet about it... Just trying to create some publicity for himself. May be he is planning to write a book and release it in India.... Controversy sells...

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Very well said Mr. Harper.....This just shows the power and iron grip the BCCI have on the ICC.....If it was someone like Sammy in dhoni's place he would have been reprimanded.....

  • KrishnaIPS on July 14, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Daryl, You are wrong man,infact what this seems now is you deliberately acted against India..Why you always have something against India.Go on Have a vacation and enjoy with your Grand Kids.

  • TrexTrainer on July 14, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Obviously Mr. Harper has never seen a Ricky Ponting appeal or any other appeal by players from most countries. Players do that kind of an appeal and it's part of the game. I am surprised he doesn't know that by now.

    If he's targeting one nation only then it looks like he has a hidden agenda. Maybe he needs to revisit his own principles.

  • mits6 on July 14, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    I don't believe Dhoni would have said that to harper. But will not object any action by icc at publicly criticising umpire ,as he himself was responsible for the situation , not permitting DRS.

  • kickittome70 on July 14, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    I'm an Aussie and I've watched the rise of Indian cricket in two ways - 1. They are now the undisputed best team in the world 2. The BCCI run the game I dont think it's such a bad thing as the BCCI do a good job, better than the lame ICC. I just hope that Sachie stays in touch with the game after he hangs up his pads. I feel that Sachie can make a huge contribution when he's stopped playing. My fellow aussies seem to dislike the rise the of India but I like it. Dhoni is a superb captain and the team is great to watch play. Good to see Ishant return to form but I really hope Rohit Sharma gets more time in the middle as I feel he is your best young player. I love everything Indian about the game, though I do have a soft spot watching Sanga belt cover drives at 100 mph

  • inswing on July 14, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    What is really against the spirit of the game is that Harper is biased against one team. All his errors go against one team, and any minor or major disciplinary actions also go against one team. He doesn't have a leg to stand on.

  • mgkappan on July 14, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    I am an Indian but the type of influence India has on the global cricket administration is not at all good for the game and Dhoni's attitude should be dealt with harshly. I have seen guys like Viv Richards and Imran forcing decisions and even Inzamam forcing Dhoni to walk off taking the word of a Pakistani fielder(!!!) and Australian team as a whole intimidating the umpire and maybe this is times biting back; but I didn't like it then and I don't like it now.

  • Halla_Bol on July 14, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    From Harper's statements above itself clearly shows that he had grudges against India..Nothing wrong by Dhoni in raising the issue..He never particularly said Harper's name..Why did he take it on himself ? There were 2 other umpires in the game. Unless he feels guilty himself..He would not respond !

  • allblue on July 14, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    A weakness, some would say strength, of cricket as a competitive sport is that certain conventions must be adhered to by all parties for the game to be viable. The 'Spirit of Cricket' notion is a bit over-stated at times, but in essence it is essential to stop the game descending into anarchy. The shift in the locus of power in world cricket over the last few years is a reality, but with this power comes responsibility. The game is fragile, it is the responsibility of the powerful to act in the interests of the game as a whole, above any short-term perceived self-interest. Criticism of umpires, and the implied intimidation it carries, is a fundamental threat to the game. Respect the game, respect the umpires, otherwise cricket will die a slow and messy death.

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    IF Dhoni made that comment he must apologize, and should be fined by ICC rules. But the umpires being the supreme gods on the field, should also realize that they DO make wrong decisions (like one made in the next test, when Dhoni was given out on a no-ball), and when that happens they should be ready to say 'I am sorry'.

    The decision to give Dhoni out on a no-ball is a nobrainer. Once the umpire Indicates a no-ball (whether it was really or not), the batsman is allowed to hit it any which way and cannot be out (other that run out). If the umpire can later check it with replay, the no-ball is not a no-ball until the next ball.

  • Ben1989 on July 14, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    great article & just something furthur confirming that the BCCI has way too much power in this lovely game...

    Most interesting point to the article is in regards to Amit Mishra, like it state's whether the decision was right or wrong, you have to act in the spirit of the game....

  • MZZT on July 14, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    haa haa haa haa haa........... Mr. Harper this what others have been feeling for past 15years

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Dhoni Should Be Banned Forever!!!

  • TheGuruji on July 14, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Dhoni did not even mention Daryl Harper by name! Why is he so much rankled about the comments? Ian Gould also stood in the same match and he does not seem to have a problem with the comments. And about the Abhinav Mukund appeal, the appeal happened with Ian Gould and he seemed fine with it. Why is the guy, taking offense with every single thing? If his conscience is clear, then he would not be griping about all this! He knows he has done wrong and he is trying desperately to cover up. Well, shame on him! Time to be an adult and own up to his mistakes.

  • thestunner316_15 on July 14, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    it is a classic case of sour grapes gone sourer with harper... if he was so "offended" by dhoni's comments, why did he not report this in the match report after the 1st test? the problem with harper is he needs to be in the limelight - it doesnt matter to him if its all for the wrong reasons... If he is as good as he claimed, then how come he got kicked out of the elite panel along with asoka de silva (2 of the worst umps in the elite panel, and rightly removed now). Also, I cannot understand how ICC comes upto a 96% correct decision rate?? I mean how many decisions are actually counted? It would be interesting to see actual stats on that instead of percentage... I agree with the ICC though - Harper should be feted... not for his great umpiring skills, but for his shoulder before wkt LBW against sachin.. how fitting he will be awarded at the adelaide oval... the very ground where he made his name...

  • vjyK on July 14, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Harper, dude stop whining!! now that you are retired, sit relaxed and watch the matches that involved india/pak/sl and you umpired- you will come to know why Dhoni said those words to you. For indian matches its 96% may be after Dave counted the clean bowled/catches and run outs!! :P Man, I felt for you when you said Mishra didnt come to you to apologize after the fine. Should he?? did you ever say sorry to a player for giving a wrong decision(after match tho) BTW, would you really want to be umpire for the adelaide match after saying all this??? Enjoy your beer!! have fun Mr Harper

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Dude !!! Seriously stop crying !!! That series is long over... Plus the statement about Dhoni trying to intimidate you... I mean honestly buddy... a three old kid can concoct a better story !!! And btw if u r trying to turn public opinion towards a humble man like Dhoni, then u don't deserve to be a part of this game !!!

    P.S. - M not implying Dhoni is rite but making up stupid and ridiculous stories... Thats just sad !!! Also gould was the one who implicated Kumar... not you !!!

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    "we've had problems with you before, Daryl" ////// The ICC shud look into wat Dhoni really said to Harper from the recordings of the stump mic.. If its true, surely Dhoni shud be punished. Its totally agst the spirit of the game.. I really feel pity for Harper. He has served well for the game over many years. He shudnt been treated like this.

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Who is Dhoni to question umpires? The Indian team has developed an attitude of superiority and unquestionable authority, and are trying to intimidate others. Looks like he BCCI's greed-money-and-power-attitude has infected the players as well. The ICC remains silent. What a pity Harper did not get a chance to stand in 100 tests.

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Sorry Harper, perhaps it suits every body not to go against the wind!

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    I think Mr. Harper's efforts are all in vain, who is he expecting to stand up? Haroon Logard? dummy in hands of BCCI? or Sharad Pawar himself? you should feel lucky they didn't sacked you for not complying with BCCI standards and I guess cricket's lord Dhoni already gave you a warning. So my advice get yourself another job , forget about soon, the game lost the day india became the world champs, there is nothing left in cricket anymore, 2015 world cup will be WC will be won by India A, India B will be 1st, India C 2nd , India d will be runner ups.

  • ushakiran on July 14, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    yes,he should. i will support 2 harper.if he want genuine umpiring he should support DRS.he can't win with luckkkkkkkkk.he won 2nd test vs sa like this..becoz of umpiring mistakes.but smith wouldn't blame umpire.he would asked for DRS.

  • wiseshah on July 14, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    dhoni should be punished. indian team's arrogance should be stopped

  • BellCurve on July 14, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    Dhoni is the wrong side of 30. His time is running out. His achievements as a batsman and wicketkeeper in Test cricket is merely average (compared to Andy Flower and Gilchrist). He needs to stop playing politics and focus on his game. Otherwise history will forget him in a flash.

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    one should accept his mistake and keep quite.

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    Daryl Harper - good riddance to bad rubbish!

  • jonesy2 on July 14, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    dhoni should be banned and india should be punished. disgraceful, they have never played in the right spirit and get away with it.

  • TheGuruji on July 14, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Welcome to the new world order Daryl. For long the sub-continent teams have borne the brunt of favoritism towards Australia / England. When the sub-continent teams used to complain about it, they were told not to play the victim and live with it. Well, it on you this time, Daryl. Time to move on!

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    I really think Dhoni crossed the line here. Harper was always a respected umpire in India and elsewhere and to have Dhoni criticizing him in public and ICC choosing to be a mute spectator was sad. I had always been against the Aussie brashness when they were at the top and I can only hope the Indians do not repeat that, but the early signs are there. The point is even if Harper had made wrong decisions, that doesn't give Dhoni the license to berate him in public. He should have been wrapped on the knuckles for that. What the saddest part is that Harper did not get an opportunity to sign off in grace in his last test. I have to point it though that it is my personal belief that this case was different from the Steve Bucknor saga where we had an umpire systematically and consistently failing even the basic standards of international umpiring for a long time and someone had to stand up and take a stand against him.

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    icc should ban indian team for few years....they r really disturbing lot and destroying cricket.

  • Biso on July 14, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Mr Harper should have been relieved from the duties of an ICC panel umpire long back. He ,now, speaks after having retired. Great! The active players do not have that luxury. The less this man speaks of a players character the better. He made 6 mistakes. Could have been biased or incidentally inefficient with bad decisions going against one team. Either way he was bad enough to have been send off earlier than he has managed to stay on at the highest level. I am hardly interested in the stories he has been churning out.

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    i have a feeling the comments here arent going to be good

  • nymphsatyr on July 14, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Poor harper, ICC taking action against India!! you must be shitting me, do ICC have enough balls?

  • ZshanKhan on July 14, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    If India and Bcci had a problem with him. He wouldn't be umpiring in the Ipl. It's funny how everyone makes money off India then go on a tirade against Indian's.

  • DeathRaider on July 14, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Reading Harper's accusations against Dhoni and the Indian Team makes Ponting and Co. look like saints! Not being racist or so..but I do believe having watching cricket close to 21 years now, that players of different nationalities are judged differently on the parameters measuring player behavior!

  • andrew-schulz on July 14, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Everything Harper says here makes perfect sense. How ridiculous that India thinks a player in his first Test should be able to break the law and be treated differently. It reflects the disgraceful arrogant attitude that India exhibit over and over again because they have more money than everybody else. Can anybody in that country see what is happening and speak up? Their ignorant comments about umpiring on and off the field have reached epidemic proportions. Supported by supposedly impartial morons like Peter Roebuck, they have destroyed the reputations of long-serving umpires like Harper, while providing hardly any umpires of standing themselves. What a sad way for an excellent umpire to be forced out. 96 percent-you can't argue with that. (And his decision against Tendulkar at Adelaide in 1999, which perhaps started the ignorant tirade, was a good one.) So was the run out decision against Ganguly that summer (not by Harper) that resulted in a bottle-throwing tantrum.

  • soldev on July 14, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    I am interested in knowing what would Gavaskar would comment on the issue since he sound like guardian of cricket. I don't see serious problem with behavior of new comers as they would need some time to learn but what about captain of Indian team. I guess its no more a game of gentlemen..... I think ICC doesn't have enough courage to rub with BCCI even for the sake of cricket. Pathetic that champions don't have champion heart.....

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Really dont understand why people cant take criticism ! He has been involved in a lot of controversies in the past but still tries to defend himself ..typical Aussie attitude ...just read the below -

    "He was the third umpire for a trial of the 'player referral' system in 2009, where he made a series of errors. In 2010 England lodged a formal complaint against Harper after a referred caught behind decision was turned down due to the volume on the replay not being high enough to detect the edge. Many players including former English Cricket Team captain Nasser Hussain demanded removal of Harper from any type of umpiring panel. The ICC later found that while the sound was audible on Sky's TV's overseas coverage the equipment supplied by the home broadcaster was inferior.The ICC dropped Harper from the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 due to "general performance reasons". The ICC announced their decision to demote Harper from the Elite Panel in May, 2011. "

    What do you say about this Mr Harper?

  • Bytheway on July 14, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Harper's statement has the ring of truth. Perhaps, someone should explain the spirit of cricket to Dhoni & Co. Is it harder for an Indian cricketer to be humble today than a West Indian?

  • BDKu on July 14, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    Indians have no right to criticise umpiring decisions. They are the side which refused the DRS system. DRS is the best way to tackle if you think you have got a wrong decision. Umpires are human beings and they will make mistakes, thats the beauty of the game. The other beauty should be in the character of the player to accept an be humble even with disappointments.Any Indian can take Sachin and Dravid as examples to build their character they don't have to look far. ICC is being ruled by India, I just hope others realise it soon before this beautiful game gets ruined.

  • TheUglyTruth on July 14, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    The cracks are forming. Was about time. India is now under the assumption that everything runs the way they want it to, when they want it to and how they want it to. BCCI has the ICC in their pocket more or less. Im sure im gonna get a lot of hate comments but believe it or not, im an indian fan. Or i was when ppl like Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Kumble and Srinath let their cricket do the talking. They may not have been ranked number 1 but that was pure class. Now we have egomaniacs like Kohli running around thinking hes a God. If the small fries think theyr it, obviously the captain of the team is gonna start pushing his weight around. Harper was a gr8 umpire, made sum bad calls towards the end which is understandable. His only mistake was that it was against India. Bring back the 90s already, when cricket made headlines for exciting plays and not power mongering. When Sachin, Laxman and Dravid leave this team, it will be a sad day indeed...

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    You are funny Daryl. Seriously, game will not lose a thing if you are not involved in cricket. Get out of cricket for the better of the game.

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    The last sentence is extremely ironical... "he will be recognized during the next match to be held at Adelaide (which will be played against INDIA).,...hahaha

  • vverma on July 14, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    One can be nostalgic and say that cricket was a gentlemen's game up until a few years ago or one can be pragmatic and notice that players of the top teams tend to be aggressive and arrogant, regardless of the era. It is not an Indian specific thing. Glenn McGrath and Dennis Lillee weren't particularly pleasant and I can't imagine Douglas Jardine to be a particularly likable character either. And here is something from the cricinfo profile of the grand daddy of cricket WG Grace: "He was notorious for employing, in order to pursue victory or personal achievement, a variety of wiles and tricks that may be thought of as, well, hardly cricket. He was also, throughout his career, quite breathtakingly grasping when his eye caught the glint of hard cash". They are called good old days for a reason, they are good only when they are old.

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    I really agree with the author

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    I'm all for DRS, but this kind of criticism of an umpire should not be allowed. I like the current Indian team, but it seems hard to deny a certain arrogance in Dhoni's comments. Especially when players like Sammy and Rampaul were censured for such minor offenses, it seems rather off that Dhoni's comments go unpunished.

  • psy_spy on July 14, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    INDIAN TEAM = Australian Team of early 2000 - Ruthlessness( X 1/1000) + Arrogance(X 100000000)

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Sour grapes as usual! Daryl Harper is contradicting himself when he says ''There's no code of conduct for good decisions or bad decisions" So what, now umpires should be be keeping to a standard and punish players as and when they wish? What a load of utter nonsense. Daryl go home and retire in peace.

  • BoonBoom on July 14, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Cricket is NO LONGER than game of gentlemen.......Its the game of Indians now!!!

  • dmonza on July 14, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    I think Harper is using Dhoni as scapegoat. Harper has made a few mistakes before. Dhoni made the right thing telling that on his face. Umpires should play unbiased.

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    The time has changed.... long time back Greg Chappel got away using underarm bowling..... Mcgrath, warne, hayden, slater etc never got any punishment..... Ponting was king and critisized all umpires round the world (ofcourse excluding Australian Umpires)....... because Australia was no. 1 and now how can any Ausie digest the fact that India are at the top.... wake up Mr. Harper... the world has changed

  • shillingsworth on July 14, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    There will no doubt be all the usual stuff from Dhoni apologists - Harper is a rubbish umpire, all the wrong decisions in the test went against India etc.

    These are all true but no player, particularly the captain of an international team, should comment publicly on umpiring decisions. The fact that Dhoni wasn't punished is odd, to say the least. The solution to Dhoni's problem is simple - accept the DRS. His board's stance on the issue is even stranger.

  • CricketFreud on July 14, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    three batsmen making faces in the same match after ur wonderful decisions.. ? may be u should've concentrated more on better umpiring than the spirit of the game....

  • Cricket_Analyst on July 14, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Daryl "frustrated" Harper does not seem to understand ICC Rules.There has always been "selective management" in cricket for various teams in ICC. Like if an Aus/Eng/SA/NZ Player is given wrong un by Umpire then his reaction is of "Disappointment" ,when a subcontinental player does it, it is "Dissent". When Asoka Desilva/BC Cooray or subcon. Umpire has a bad match against Aus/Eng/SA/NZ nations ICC comes out in the open and smothers them, whereas when umpires from Aus/Eng/SA/NZ nations has a bad match against any subcontinental team they produce some statistics to support the fact. But here i think ICC has put their foot in the mouth by supporting Harper,On one side he is being sacked from Elite Panel for being poor and on the other side he is being supported saying that his decision making percentage was more than the average. This has given License to this arrogant guy to make personal remarks against Indians. Where are the so called fair Journos Like Gideon Haigh & Martin Williamson

  • psy_spy on July 14, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    Very sad that Harper was sacked a test match earlier.And no one supported you.BCCI didn't accept UDRS and thats the reason behind all this news.If harper made lot of bad decisions,dhoni shouldn't have said " i would have been in hotel a lot early".That was very harsh.

  • intcamd on July 14, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Seems like WI players, ex-players, and even their umpires are jealous of India. Too much sourness from them. First, Holding, and niw Harper in the space of a few days. And in the past, Lloyd and others have always given the Indians a much more raw deal compared to the Aussies or the English. Seems like the Windies players would be happier with status quondomination by the old guard western countries.

  • Angad11 on July 14, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    I think Dhoni did not make any bad remarks against Harper specifically (even though he meant to) and I think Dhoni was within his right to express his opinion and there is no need for targeting him. But surely i would blame Dhoni/BCCI for not accepting the UDRS. Its very simple,if you do not want the UDRS to be implemented then stop winning about wrong decision by the umpires.

  • krnataraj on July 14, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    somebody should ask dave richardson how he got that 96%result in matches involving india and when daryl harper was officiating. what goes around comes around. mr.harper why did you turn your head away to all those ugly behaviour of the australian cricket team and their captain in particular against umpires from other countries. why did you not come to their support? that holds good for dave richardson too.

  • danithereddevil on July 14, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Theres no Doubt that ICC sacre of Bcci...

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Cool daryl!! Dont cry!! Dont put the blame on Dhoni. First you learn to accept your mistakes!!

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Hi frnds what r u thinking about india should be chase target 180, because India 7 wicket in hand. the runs required just 86 of 90 balls............... Please post ur suggestion ........

  • murthydn16 on July 14, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Should't you be punished for giving repeated blunderous decisions in the match. If you were not capable of making decent decisions you should not have been there in the first place. You are the only umpire in the world to give a batsman out when the ball hit his shoulder. There is no surprise then when you were giving batsman out even with out a nick. Dhoni was right, Indians has been specially targeted by umpires like you, bucknor, benson, bc cooray, kt francis etc and to an extent even umpires who were regarded as good umpires have done blunders against India. This shows the frustration of non asian teams and umpires about the ascendency of India in the cricketing world. Darryl harper should have been punished long back and should have been removed from the elite umpires panel long back. Gods grace he did not stood in the WC final.

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on July 14, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    A book, a movie and maybe even a comic-strip, Daryl, about the new Superhero who was cut down by the evil nation?

    And interestingly, if you were so right and fighting for justice and the new light at the end of the tunnel I am sure your tenure in the ICC Elite Panel is confirmed for at least the next 5 years. Oh wait...

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Mr Daryl Harper, Thank you for finally pushing India in accepting the DRS system. I think you incompetencies finally convinced the BCCI. For that alone the game of cricket is eternally grateful to you!

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Dhoni's remark and post match comments shows India's over confidence and complacency against West Indies... Indeed he is Punishable.... Hope India loses to England...Either India should accept these decisions or adopt DRS... ICC is too much influenced by BCCI.

  • cgtboy87 on July 14, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    The indian cricket board has too much influence in the game of cricket. its such a shame the icc did not make a statement about this situation. no one player or board is bigger than the game.The indian player are a bunch of cry babies when they dont get their way.That's what to be expected when you send boys to do a man job.I had alot of respect for dhoni until this.But at the end of the day its all about money and money always the root of all evil.Mr Haper i wish you well in your post cricket career.

  • kaushiq on July 14, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    i am really sick of this, day by day dhon i is getting more cocky and the way icc let indian cricket board to dominate them is a shame. its time that the rest of the world speak up

  • mrgupta on July 14, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    If Dhoni has done what Harper mentioned then he needs to be reprimanded and banned atleast for one game. No Player is bigger than the game. Shameful!

  • vallavarayar on July 14, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Well, it had to come out some time. No doubt these comments from Daryl will enhance the discourse on the global game and the place India occupies in it. Nobody is too precious or above the game when it comes to that.

  • megaCricFan on July 14, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    What Harper is accusing Dhoni, if it really happened it would be a shame. However Harper has no right to speak about this is public either. I think Harper did morally the right thing by quitting, If you dont love what you do, you better dont do it. India is no 1 now, so they are doing exactly same thing that Australia, England or West Indies player did in the last few decades, i.e. to intimidate umpires and other teams, and influence decisions made by ICC. I am not defending India but, this is nothing new. Dhoni on the other hand has no right to complain about umpire's decisions, If he has problem with it, Say yes to DRS, and convince BCCI to vote yes for DRS.

  • Amit_4_Sachin on July 14, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    The man who gave Sachin shoulder before wicket is know talking about spirit of the game! Wow!!

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  • Irarum on July 14, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    I appreciate Cricinfo for publishing this article. And same to Harper for being honest and candid in expressing his views. Only 1 out of 100 times we get to know the other side of the story. This is no more a gentleman's game.

  • Reg_Dyer on July 14, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Why no support from the Indian team/BCCI for the DRS system? Because they want to keep open the option to intimidate and influence umpires. This is not the first time; I hope it's the last.

  • Hindh on July 14, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    if any asian team kills a fly in the air they will be punished while all these years Aus were abusing opposing teams family on field and they were let off... where was this harper then???

  • A..G.. on July 14, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    "only one decision in the match would have been reversed had it been a DRS situation" ......... oh really?? whom you are trying to fool.. mr harper?

  • Yash1823 on July 14, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Daryl Harper.............u r an idiot ,a stupid..............u r jus sayin this so that the 9 decisions which u made incorrect (all against india) can be hidden.......... Shame on a character like u......... U Suck Harper!! If u 'd 've been a good man............u 'd 've said sry to India and Dhoni..........but no u dint do dat............rather u r countering him.............Shame on u........

  • bumsonseats on July 14, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    yes i think he got away with his comments, and should have been punished but as the umpire said as much he was indian and other countries would have been punished. was he correct in him comments, yes harper was a very poor umpire and got no better as he got older, the blunders he made i do not know how he went on for so long. the referal system if anything has lightighted the poor umpires.dpk

  • chaitukash79 on July 14, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    I am not the biggest fan of Daryl Harper, but if even a fraction of what he claims is true - then Dhoni was way out of line. He can take a leaf out of Anil Kumble's book about how to react. I am referring to the infamous Perth test where Anil Kumble made the famous "Only one team is playing in the spirit of the game" where he garnered so much international support. Dhoni's behavior would now be seen cocky and he is sure to get some stick. There will of course be the usual "BCCI and India are arrogant because of their financial muscle" comments which is nonsense of course!

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    Time to pay Australians back in their own coins

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Dhoni should learn some manners first , you are not regarded as a great captain if you are just winning , you should also know to lead your team in good spirit , Kumble did it fantastically for India during the India tour of Australia 2007 even though lot of things happened against India.. thats the character of a true captain.. Here the mistake was with Praveen but for that you cant blame Harper.. ICC has become like a slave to BCCI which is not a good thing for Cricket... partiality is being shown.. if this has to stop.. Sorry to say "India has to go on a losing streak under dhoni" , then we will know.. Some one with more guts should lead the ICC.. not BCCI.. shame for cricket..

  • Amit_4_Sachin on July 14, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Yes, he should had been punished because he chose to speak the truth, which is a heinous crime. Harper was a pathetic umpire. Good riddance!

  • kapsy on July 14, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Harper's a whinging aussie. period!

  • Gupta.Ankur on July 14, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    You and other umpires are and will never be penalised for wrong decisions made.Whereas players are fined if they rightfully are dis-appointed with some of the decisions...

    So its other way round sir.

  • HawK89 on July 14, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    India get away with alot, especially harbajan. Another reason why india have too much power in the ICC.

  • Srini88 on July 14, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    I agree with Harper. Atleast Dhoni should have been reprimanded. Although I am great fan of Dhoni, I do not think he has the authority to criticize an umpire. This will set a very bad precedence.

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  • Srini88 on July 14, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    I agree with Harper. Atleast Dhoni should have been reprimanded. Although I am great fan of Dhoni, I do not think he has the authority to criticize an umpire. This will set a very bad precedence.

  • HawK89 on July 14, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    India get away with alot, especially harbajan. Another reason why india have too much power in the ICC.

  • Gupta.Ankur on July 14, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    You and other umpires are and will never be penalised for wrong decisions made.Whereas players are fined if they rightfully are dis-appointed with some of the decisions...

    So its other way round sir.

  • kapsy on July 14, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Harper's a whinging aussie. period!

  • Amit_4_Sachin on July 14, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Yes, he should had been punished because he chose to speak the truth, which is a heinous crime. Harper was a pathetic umpire. Good riddance!

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Dhoni should learn some manners first , you are not regarded as a great captain if you are just winning , you should also know to lead your team in good spirit , Kumble did it fantastically for India during the India tour of Australia 2007 even though lot of things happened against India.. thats the character of a true captain.. Here the mistake was with Praveen but for that you cant blame Harper.. ICC has become like a slave to BCCI which is not a good thing for Cricket... partiality is being shown.. if this has to stop.. Sorry to say "India has to go on a losing streak under dhoni" , then we will know.. Some one with more guts should lead the ICC.. not BCCI.. shame for cricket..

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    Time to pay Australians back in their own coins

  • chaitukash79 on July 14, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    I am not the biggest fan of Daryl Harper, but if even a fraction of what he claims is true - then Dhoni was way out of line. He can take a leaf out of Anil Kumble's book about how to react. I am referring to the infamous Perth test where Anil Kumble made the famous "Only one team is playing in the spirit of the game" where he garnered so much international support. Dhoni's behavior would now be seen cocky and he is sure to get some stick. There will of course be the usual "BCCI and India are arrogant because of their financial muscle" comments which is nonsense of course!

  • bumsonseats on July 14, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    yes i think he got away with his comments, and should have been punished but as the umpire said as much he was indian and other countries would have been punished. was he correct in him comments, yes harper was a very poor umpire and got no better as he got older, the blunders he made i do not know how he went on for so long. the referal system if anything has lightighted the poor umpires.dpk

  • Yash1823 on July 14, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Daryl Harper.............u r an idiot ,a stupid..............u r jus sayin this so that the 9 decisions which u made incorrect (all against india) can be hidden.......... Shame on a character like u......... U Suck Harper!! If u 'd 've been a good man............u 'd 've said sry to India and Dhoni..........but no u dint do dat............rather u r countering him.............Shame on u........