new white Messiah
From time immemorial Asian mystery men have baffled the poor whites,
whether it be the rope trick, sitar music or the "doosra".
However much they strive to come to terms with them, they have never
been able to. Then what is the solution? The only solution is to
find a way to counter it by hook or by crook.
day one when Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq bowled his "doosra"
the entire white world was bamboozled by it. Not even champion batsmen
in their camp of the calibre of Graham Thorpe could come to terms
with it. Following Mushtaq, the Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitheran
came to be a master of that art. Then quite lately the Indian spin
ace Harbajan Singh also has become a wizard who bowls that "thing"
which turns the other way.
what did they do?
They had to find the Messiah who would deliver the goods.
At this point they knew that they had to fight fire with fire. To
do that they had to resort to the correct expedient. The person
in search had to have the correct cricketing background, social
background as well as the correct temperament even to smash up the
wickets in the middle of a game if things were not moving to his
Sydenham who writes to the English newspaper -- the Daily Telegraph
is convinced that the Messiah has arrived. In an article titled
"Courage under fire will keep Broad true to his convictions",
he writes -- " It was interesting, almost amusing, that Broad
is now one of cricket's guardians of discipline.
Ashes success apart, the moment he is best remembered for are for
swatting the stumps with his bat after being dismissed at Sydney
in 1988 and for refusing to walk after being given out caught behind
in Lahore in 1987. He said he would have acted the same way even
if there had been a match referee like at present.
year in 2004 when the Australians took wing to Sri Lanka for their
away series Chris Board was picked to stand in as match referee
and at the final day of the series Mr. Broad -- a novice at the
job-then reported about Muttiah Muralitharan's 'doosra' and flew
out of the country the same night.
to that Muralitharan has spun a web around his countrymen when they
last visited Sri Lanka and condemned to a 1-0 series loss which
would have read 3-0 if Sri Lanka had the correct leadership at that
time. In that series Murali gobbled 26 English wickets at the cost
of 532 runs in the three Tests and most of his wickets he claimed
with his "doosra".
'doosra' was becoming a menace and it had to be stopped at any cost.
In their search. They soon found 'cowboy' Chris who already had
failed in broadcasting and printing. For a man who is struggling
in murky waters even a straw is as valuable as a rafter.
a few months after the English debacle in Sri Lanka, former England
opening batsman Chris Broad who won the Ashes for them with three
centuries called Muralitharan for chucking while delivering the
in England the ICC championship was coming on. Prior to the tournament
the call was that all bowlers with suspect actions beware, because
all bowlers taking part in this tournament will be under the camera
and every one will be scrutinized. Yes, the championship came on
and as said, the scrutiny too went on. The revelation was unexpected.
Now the hierarchy found out that the majority of the leading bowlers
on earth had a 'crick' in their elbows. So very soon they brought
on the amendment to the existing law -- now the tolerance level
for all bowlers stands at 15 degrees.
Muralitharan in the aftermath of his calling flew across to Australia,
worked with the bio-mechanics there and got his arm on to less then
15 degrees while delivering the 'doosra', but has not played any
serious cricket since owing to injury to his bowling arm.
the meantime Indian spinner Harbajan Singh who was called once for
his 'doosra' got the all clear from the ICC panel working with them,
but, during the India-Pakistan series reported him once again. Now
the question is who is right? Will Murali be called again while
bowling the 'doosra' on his return to cricket. I am sure he will
be when you access the current situation.
Broad's defence Sydenham writes in his column -- "Broad correctly
points out it's not just him who takes a stance, as both on-field
umpires also indentified bowling action illegalities. The ICC may
have to convene another committee meeting in Dubai to conclude the
fate of the 'doosra', but for now it is in the hands of the likes
only one question is there to be asked. On the elite umpires panel
how many are the Asian umpires? The answer is only Aleem Darr from
others come from lands other than the Asian sub-continent where
the 'doosra' is not prevalent. No one has to walk through history
to learn what umpires like Darrel Hair and Steve Bucknor feel inside
about some of the Asian bowlers leave alone the 'doosra'.