Controversial Australian umpire Daryl Harper, who was criticised by the Indians for his poor decisions during the first Test against the West Indies, hit back at captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, accusing him of trying to intimidate him during the match.
Harper, who was forced to withdraw from the third Test following criticism from the Indian players, said Dhoni should have been penalised for his comments on poor umpiring, adding that he was forced to break his silence following ICC’s inaction.
Harper said Dhoni tried to intimidate him after paceman Praveen Kumar was removed from the attack for repeatedly running on to the pitch.
Harper said Dhoni approached him and said “we’ve had problems with you before, Daryl,” which the umpire interpreted as an attempt to intimidate. “I decided what he meant was that I was one umpire not influenced by any personality or team or board. He hadn’t been able to intimidate me, I think that was part of it,” Harper said. Hindu