Indian cricketers criticise Harper for bad decisions

Published: Friday, June 24, 2011, 11:00 [IST]
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Ind cricketers lash out at poor umpiring

Kingston (Jamaica), June 24: Umpire Daryl Harper came in for some scathing criticism from the Indian cricket team, which blasted the Australian for his poor decisions during the first cricket Test against the West Indies.

Such was the exasperation that a senior member of the side said that whole team wish that Harper does not officiate in the third Test.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni did little to hide his disgust at the standard of umpiring in the Test, which they won by 63 runs to take a 1-0 lead.

"If correct decisions were made, the game would have ended much earlier and we would have been in the hotel by now," Dhoni said at the post match press conference.

The Australian will stand for one last time when India take on West Indies in the third Test at Dominica from July 6.

"We don''t want him, you can quote it as the reaction of the entire Indian team," said a very senior member of the side. Though Dhoni did not name anyone of the two umpires officiating in the match - Ian Gould (England) and Harper - several Indian players openly termed the latter as the centre of their ire.

"It's Daryl Harper six not out," said another senior cricketer as soon as he saw a bunch of Indian pressmen approaching him.


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