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Harper hits back at Indians, gets Australia's support

cricket Updated: Jul 01, 2011 23:06 IST

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Australian umpire Daryl Harper who has admitted that he committed errors but said Indian players too did not play in the spirit of the game found support in Australian cricket fraternity which slammed the ICC for its "inaction" against India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni whose criticism of Daryl Harper led to the umpire's withdrawal from the third Test against the West Indies.

Daryl Harper has admitted that he committed errors while officiating in the first cricket Test between India and the West Indies but said Indian players too did not play in the spirit of the game.

"Indian harassment and the ICC's inaction have seen Australian umpire Daryl Harper pull out of his farewell Test in the West Indies," reported 'the Australian'.

Harper, who was to retire from the elite panel after the third Test, found himself at the receiving of Dhoni's outbursts.

Harper, who withdrew from the third Test starting on July 6 at Roseau, Dominica after severe criticism from the Indian players, sarcastically said.

Dhoni had said that "if the correct decisions were made, the game would have finished much earlier and I would have been in the hotel by now."

But the Australians supported Harper.

"While the ICC said it was unfair criticism and defended Harper's record, it has not taken any action against India's captain. And Harper, who was about to stand in his 300th international, walked away," the report said.

The report said that there were a number of disputed decisions that upset the Indians, but they were at the receiving end only because the Indian players and board refused to countenance the use of the Decision Review System (DRS).

"Match referee Jeff Crowe did not punish Dhoni for his outburst.

"Harper is not the first umpiring scalp claimed by India. In 2008, Steve Bucknor was sent home by the ICC after that country complained about his performance in the Sydney Test," the daily added.