Cricket umpires and their amusing visiting cards
May 21, 2007 - 12:40:25 PM

Chittagong, May 21 - Visiting cards can be refreshingly amusing and indicative of the sense of humour of their owners. Take for example those of the affable Australian umpire Daryl Harper who is on duty for the India-Bangladesh Test here. The picture on his card shows him running from a dog that has entered the field.

The picture depicts Harper, now 55, trying to avoid a stray dog that sneaked into the ground while he was umpiring. 'If I remember correctly, the picture is from a Sri Lanka-New Zealand Test match in Kandy, Sri Lanka, in 2003,' Harper told IANS.

The caption to the picture reads: 'Every dog has his day'. The ongoing Test is the Adelaide-based Harper's 64th match as umpire. He has also officiated in 141 One-day Internationals.

Interestingly, Indian umpire A.V. Jayapraksh has not one but 10 photographs on his visiting card. These are of the 10 wickets taken by Anil Kumble against Pakistan in Delhi in 1999. Jayapraksh had given all 10 batsmen out.

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