Melbourne, Jul 1: The Indian team may have had serious reservations about Daryl Harper's umpiring abilities but Cricket Australia (CA) feels that he is too good a resource to be left in the lurch and his experience will be used to educate the upcoming umpires in the country.
Cricket Australia paid rich tribute to Harper, who ended his stint with the ICC Elite Panel after officiating in the first Test between India and the West Indies. Public criticism by the Indian team forced Harper to withdraw from the third Test, which otherwise was his swansong assignment.
Harper officiated in 95 Test matches between 1998 and 2011, which places him third in the all-time list behind Steve Bucknor (128 Tests) and Rudi Koertzen (108 Tests).
"Daryl has had a wonderful international career, however let's not forget where he started. In total, Daryl officiated in 830 cricket matches, the vast majority of those at grass roots level. Daryl will be used in CA's umpire education and training programs, he's too good a resource to let go," CA's Umpire Manager Sean Cary said.
CA Acting Chief Executive Officer Michael Brown said, "Daryl has been a fine servant of the game over a very long period of time. Any international umpire who stands in 95 Test matches, 174 One-day International's and 10 Twenty20 international matches has shown the highest degree of professionalism over a long and distinguished career."
Harper stood in his international ODI debut on 14 January, 1994 at Perth in a match between New Zealand and South Africa. In November 1998, he made his Test debut as Australia took on England in the Ashes at the same venue. He finished his career with a huge tally of 279 international appointments.