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Daryl Harper withdraws from final Test

Bridgetown: Umpire Daryl Harper has withdrawn from the third Test between India and the West Indies, which will begin in Dominica on July 6.

The match would have been the Australian umpire's final appointment as a member of the elite panel. Harper came under criticism, particularly from the Indian media, for some umpiring errors in the first Test at Kingston.

The ICC General Manager-Cricket Dave Richardson said, “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,” said Mr Richardson.

He added, “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.”

Mr. Richardson said, “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 in1994,” he added.

The 59-year-old Harper has stood in 95 Tests, 174 ODIs and 10 T20Is. He made 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 will be replaced in the Dominica Test by Richard Kettleborough of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires. — Special Correspondent

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