Saturday, February 28, 2009

Darryl Harper hasn't had his carrots

Dump this man from the umpire's panel. Now, he's given Brendan Nash out after Aleem Dar rightly turned down an LBW appeal for a ball that struck him above the knee-roll, and then appeared on the replay to be going over the stumps. As Michael Holding pointed out on air, if the third umpire is in so much doubt about whats going on, why is he willing to over-turn an on-field decision? Does Harper not understand the rules?

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Blogger Tifosi Guy said...


Harper is the same bloke who gave Sachin ' Shoulder before wicket' out against Australia in Adelaide in 1999. He didn't know the rules then ! Obviously nothing has changed 10 years down!!

4:14 PM  
Blogger Tifosi Guy said...

Ah maybe we guys aren't being fair on Harper. Turns out Harper only gives his views and the FINAL DECISION lies with the on-field umpire who asked for his opinion ! So that clears it up!!

Still I couldn't get my head around shoulder before wicket in 1999 :)

4:57 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Tifosi, the shoulder decision was less likely to be incorrect than many other decisions in the same series!

I don't know what Harper thinks of the rules, but your use of the phrase "shoulder before wicket" only encourages anyone reading your comment to misunderstand the rules...

7:54 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Tifosi: I thought Hurst's interview with Hussain was revealing: how can Harper influence the on-field umpire so much?!

Jonathan: True; that LBW was marginal. Others were just plain lousy!

9:19 PM  
Blogger cricketanalysisdotcom said...

This has just been a shocking series from the standpoint of umpiring. The Tests were just a disaster.
It's one thing to get the decision wrong on the field - the umpires have a tough job, it's a long day, mistakes happen. But when you have the benefit of reviews, like Harper has had, and you still miss obvious calls, there is just no excuse. It's either bias or incompetence, plain and simple.

2:14 AM  

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