Wednesday 29 June 2011 

Umpire Harper Ends International Career Early

Umpire Harper Ends International Career Early
Umpire Harper Ends International Career Early
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Australian umpire Daryl Harper has decided not to stand in the third Test between India and the West Indies in Dominica in what would have been his final international appointment.

Harper was due to stand down from the Elite Panel following the match and despite the International Cricket Council (ICC) informing Harper that they full confidence in him, he has chosen to step down early.

He will be replaced for the match in Dominica by Englishman Richard Kettleborough.

"In the wake of some unfair criticism, Daryl has informed us that he does not wish to stand in what would have been his final Test," David Richardson, ICC General Manager - Cricket, said.

"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.

"We have every faith in Daryl to finish the series and while we regret his decision we do respect it. The real shame is it deprives him of the opportunity to sign off as a Test match umpire in a manner befitting someone who has served the game so well since making his international debut back in 1994."

Harper stood in 95 Tests, 174 One-Day Internationals and ten Twenty20 Internationals, making his ODI debut in 1994 and Test debut in 1998.

© Cricket World 2011

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