World Twenty20, West Indies, 2010 March 10, 2010

Daryl Harper won't stand at World Twenty20

Cricinfo staff

Daryl Harper has not been chosen to officiate at the World Twenty20 in West Indies although the ICC insist the decision has nothing to do with his controversial role in the fourth Test between England and South Africa, at the Wanderers in January, and is based on "general performance reasons".

Harper came under the spotlight when he was the third umpire in control of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) in Johannesburg. He gave Graeme Smith not out under the review procedure when he was unable to hear a clear noise as the ball passed the edge.

It was suggested at the time that Harper hadn't had the volume level turned up when listening to the replay, although there were counter-claims that it was a problem with the original feed from the host broadcaster which they denied.

"It will be noted that Daryl Harper…has not been selected for this event," the ICC said. "This decision was taken by the selection panel for a number of general performance reasons. It must be categorically stated, however, that none of these reasons is related to his role as third umpire in the fourth Test between South Africa and England in Johannesburg earlier this year."

It wasn't the first time that Harper had been involved in controversy either in the TV umpire's chair or out in the middle and the ICC's statement that his omission from the World Twenty20 is for general performance suggests it has been a build-up of errors.

Harper isn't the first umpire to miss a high-profile tournament. In 2007, Aleem Dar, Steve Bucknor, Billy Bowden and Rudi Koertzen were stood down from the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa - along with match referee Jeff Crowe - following their part in the chaotic conclusion to the 2007 World Cup final in Barbados. The game ended in virtual darkness when the umpires didn't realise enough overs had been completed to register a match.

While Harper won't be in the West Indies, three international panel umpires - Marais Erasmus from South Africa, Australia's Rod Tucker and Shavir Tarapore from India - will join their elite colleagues.

The decision on the umpiring appointments was taken by a four man committee comprising of Dave Richardson, the ICC general manager, Ranjan Madugalle, the ICC chief match referee, David Lloyd the former England coach and now TV commentator and Srinivas Venkataraghavan the former elite umpire from India.

Umpires Billy Bowden, Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Billy Doctrove, Ian Gould, Tony Hill, Rudi Koertzen, Asoka de Silva, Simon Taufel, Asad Rauf (all from the elite panel of ICC umpires), Marais Erasmus, Shavir Tarapore and Rod Tucker (from the international panel of ICC umpires).

Match referees Ranjan Madugalle, Alan Hurst and Jeff Crowe

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  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    it's really appaling that asoka de silva is still left on on elite panel by icc... even a child havin a little knowledge of cricket watching cricket on tv could give d right decisions on which asoka is COMPLETELY wrong... Icc should have definitely have picked Dharmaena from SL instead coz hez far far better than Asoka...

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Rod Tucker, Asoka D Silva, Billy Doctrove and Harper might well be bracketed into the worst umpires group of the ICC's Panel of International Umpires. They are all; either low on self esteem or are simply unable to make out the significance their decision will have on the outcome of a match. They should all be barred from standing in any international tournament or bilateral series. Plus the age limit of serving umpires should be fifty at the most, to compensate for the impact poor reflexes and a deteriorating nervous system has on umpiring decisions.

  • Fahad on March 12, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    asoka is the dumbest umpire on this planet....harper is atleast better than him!!

  • Rezaul on March 11, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    ICC made themselves look like a group of dumb by selecting Asoka and Tucker ahead of Harper. Asoka, Tucker, Bowden these umpires have problem with self confidence. They make dubious decisions regularly and to be in safe side they always take stronger team side. Harper is far better than these three crap. Sometimes he also makes mistakes but that's part of the game. We have to look at the error rate with good decisions. Harper is way better in that consideration.

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    it's very funny decision select Asoka De Silva he is not good at all. He is making bed decisions for years. Kumar Dharmasena much better than him.

  • Steve on March 11, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    Harper has been terrible for a while but leaving in Bowden and de Silva is laughable as they are THE two worst umpires on the elite panel. No QY74, he has only lasted this long because no other umpires from any country have been up to scratch - note the absence of Indian umpires on elite panel.

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    How about Rudy? Why is he standing ? Most of his decisions are crap!

    ICC make no sence

  • Sam` on March 11, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    Asoka de Silva is pants, but Darryl Harper is worse. The decision he gave against Ashwell Prince, a caught behind when the ball went down the LEG SIDE of his front pad and the bat was next to the OFF SIDE of the pad was the worst I have ever seen. And he gives plenty of bad ones to compare that to. Inside edges don't seem to count when he factors in LBWs. Great decision.

  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    Appalling, really! Rod Tucker and Ashoka De Silva? These two umpires are ridiculously incompetent. Just because Sri Lanka cannot produce a quality umpire (except for Madugalle, who's a match referee), doesn't mean you have to include De Silva. And I guess being Australian gets you a lot of mileage as far as an umpiring career is concerned...!

  • Rezaul on March 10, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    I found its a very strange and funny decision to select Asoka De Silva and Rod Tucker ahead of Harper. In any format he is a good umpire. So far I have seen him, I would rate him a top class quality umpire. On the other hand, Asoka De Silva is always ranked as very low quality umpire. He has a permanent problem of picking up leg stump deliveries. On average every match he gives a wrong decision. Similarly, Rod Tucker's selection is nothing but a joke. He is always at the center of controversial decisions. He suffers from lack of confidence and he makes frequent mistakes. As a result his decisions always hurts weaker teams because he just take stronger side to be in safe! This is very dangerous.

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