Harper praises Ganguly

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Australian umpire Darryl Harper has described Sourav Ganguly as a longtime friend and hoped to see him back as Indian captain.

Harper praises Ganguly

Kolkata:

Australian umpire Darryl Harper has described Sourav Ganguly as a longtime friend and hoped to see him back as Indian captain. "Ganguly, I hear, is the most successful Indian captain. His stint as captain has been a wonderful period for Indian cricket. I am hoping to see him (there) again," Harper told newspersons in Kolkata. Harper said he had enjoyed many moments on the field with Ganguly. "We have a long relationship. I consider him as a friend," he said. Harper is here to officiate the one-day international between India and South Africa to be held on Friday.Uphill taskHarper, on his second visit to the city, said umpiring in India was the toughest job because of the large crowds and the noise they generated. "The job of an umpire becomes more intense and challenging in such an environment. But it also brings a great deal of satisfaction also at the end of the day for a job well done." "The presence of a noisy crowd makes things difficult, but I enjoy it," said Harper, who would be standing in his 105th ODI on Friday. Harper said as an umpire he got the biggest crowd at Melbourne where 83,000 people turned up to watch a VB series match. When reminded that Eden had a capacity of around 90,000, a smiling Harper said, "Then I may get the biggest crowd of my career here tomorrow." Mixed bagOn the recent changes in the ODI rules, Harper said the system of power play and super sub had made the game interesting. He did not agree that modern cricket had become too dependent on technology. "The game is changing. We have a good mixture of technology and human endeavour." Harper, a former primary school teacher, said the stringent ICC Code of Conduct had not changed the character of the game. "The character is still there. The code of conduct is brilliant. And cricket still continues to be a gentleman's game." (PTI)



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