Harper was at his worst during match between Pakistan and Canada
Colombo: Heavy pressure seems to be mounting on umpires this World Cup due to the Umpires Decision Review System (UDRS).
When a decision is sent up for review, the noise given out through the loud speaker is similar to that of a heart beat. Following an increase in the number of referrals, the joke doing the rounds it is the umpire’s heart beats more than that of the batsman.
Umpire Daryl Harper was at his worst during the match between Pakistan and Canada with most of his decisions proven incorrect.
With so many errors, some went on to say that the UDRS should hereafter be referred to as Umpire Daryl Review System.
The referral system literally transformed Harper into a traffic policeman with no control over the traffic.
Reason for debate
When some of his ‘not out’ decisions in green box were displayed on the screen, a red box with the message showing the batsman as ‘out’ kept emerging on the screen; and when his ‘out’ decisions were shown in red, a green box with the verdict ‘not out’ overruled him.
As a result, a big debate has now started on how this umpire has survived to remain in the ICC’s elite panel for so long. Harper has been committing repeated mistakes for a long time now.
On January 26, 2010, Clive Lloyd and Edinburgh advocate Bent Lockie were appointed by the ICC to investigate the controversial errors committed by him as a television umpire during England’s fourth Test defeat by South Africa.
Earlier, last year he was unable to rule out on a caught behind decision against Darren Powell and many more erroneous decisions followed during England’s tour of the West Indies.
This referral system is now proving to be a situation where experienced umpires can be as nervous as debutants.
Courtesy of gulfnews.com