Cricket - It's a funny old game

Cricket - It's a funny old game

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Beige Archives: Harper Defends Chanderpaul Dismissal

This article first appeared on the BBC's 606 forum on the 28th of February 2009.

Third Umpire Daryl Harper defended his decision to uphold the LBW decision of West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul saying that it was “for the good of the game”.

“Seriously, was there any other way England were going to get Chanderpaul on that pitch?” Harper continued. “He’d have been on about 700 at the end of day five. What kind of advert is that for test cricket? This way there is a tiny chance of a result and as such I don’t see what the problem is”.

ICC President David Morgan was quick to defend Harper. “Something needed to be done in this series between the West Indies and England to keep international interest up. First there was England being dismissed for 51, then a test called off, then a draw. Test cricket doesn’t need another draw, and if we as the custodians of the rules can inject some excitement into a particular match, then that exactly what the referral system should be used for. I’m just disappointed we didn’t introduce it years ago. I see Harper being the hero here, and quite frankly, if he doesn’t get man of the match then an inquiry will be instigated”.

David Morgan declined to comment on how the ICC were going to dismiss Sarwan.

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