PUNE (India) Had Daryl Harper continued his career as a primary school teacher, the world would not have seen him becoming the first ICC umpire to officiate at 50 different Test venues. The new venue Abu Dhabi where Pakistan is hosting the Test against South Africa is the 103rd international Test match venue. Speaking to this scribe, the ICC umpire Harper said: Although this is an unusual record, I suppose I can claim to be the most widely travelled umpire. Our appointments dont take into consideration where we have or havent been so its just a matter of chance when and where we officiate. Nevertheless, any half century is an achievement. If you ever saw me bat, youd know that recording a half century was a rare event indeed. Harper played as a right-handed batsman in the Adelaide Grade Cricket Competition for the Teachers College and East Torrens Clubs. From here, he commenced his umpiring career and in 1987, oversaw his initial first-class cricket match. If I had to choose one Test venue, it would be in my home city of Adelaide. I began my first-class umpiring career on Adelaide Oval in 1987 and learned the ropes from old Test umpires like Tony Crafter and Max OConnell. The ground is being redeveloped in time for the second Ashes Test next month but should still retain its unique charm. I always considered the pitch to be one of the best in the world because it has a distinctive life span that offers something for batsmen and bowlers alike. Adelaide Oval regularly produces an exciting finish, he said. I have found memories of the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai where Ive officiated in ODIs, Tests and Indian Premier League matches. Ill always cherish officiating there in a Test between India and England, only a week after the terrorist attack on Mumbai in December 2008. The England team had abandoned the tour but in a change of heart, returned to play two Tests. I officiated in both the Tests but the first in Chennai was won on the fifth evening when Sachin Tendulkar flicked a ball to a fine-leg boundary to bring up his 42nd Test century and the winning runs. Following closely after the tragic loss of 175 lives in Mumbai, it was an emotional moment for the teams, for the nation and for this umpire, he added. My wife, Maureen has visited 25 Test venues around the world. That is precisely half of the grounds where I have officiated. She might not recall the results of the games but she has a far better appreciation of the hospitality areas than I do, he concluded