Melbourne: Former Australian cricket umpire Darrell Hair is furious that Indian players were allowed to publicly criticize Daryl Harper without repercussions from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Indian captain M.S. Dhoni and several anonymous players had condemned Harper’s performance in the first Test against the West Indies in Jamaica last month.
Harper said that the Indian players should have been held to account under the code of conduct.
“You can’t have players picking and choosing umpires,” Hair said.
The ICC has said that it was “unfair criticism” and defended Harper’s record, but it has not taken any action against any Indian player.
Meanwhile, Harper has retired from umpiring and pulled out of his farewell Test in the West Indies.
The 59-year-old was a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires since 2002.