the Asians and doosra the target?
By Marlon Fernandopulle
Former England opening batsman Chris Broad,now a
ICC match referee has reported Indian off spinner Harbajahn Singh's
doosra for a suspect bowling action.Broad who also reported Muralitharan
for his doosra earlier this year has also been joined by the ICC
umpires Aleem Dar and Mark Benson in this instance.
Broads reporting of Muralitharan came as a surprise to the entire
cricket world the reporting of Harbajahn Singh was expected as the
Indian off spinner was believed to have exceeded the current ICC
tolerance level (5 degrees) significantly.Infact according to the
study done by the ICC during the champions trophy this year it was
revealed that 99% of the bowlers exceeded these current levels while
Harbajahns doosra was believed to be in the region of 22 degrees.
match referees and the elite panel of umpires are aware(after the
study that was done during the ICC champions trophy) that most of
the current day test bowlers are exceeding the current tolerance
levels including Australian bowlers Glen Mcgrath,Jason Gillespie
and Brett Lee.Infact the Sunday Times learns from reliable sources
that Glen Mcgrath’s inswinger is believed to be in the region
of 12 degrees when the permitted level is currently 10 degrees.And
how about the faster ball or the bouncers of these bowlers?Surely
some of the bouncers are bound to be having a significantly higher
degree level than what is currently set by the ICC! So the question
that begs to be asked is why aren't the match refrees and elite
panel umpires not suspecting or reporting the actions of Mcgrath
the action of the ICC match officials prove that only the Shoaib
Maliks, Muralitharans and the Singhs (all Asians) and their doosras
are targeted while the fast bowlers and their bouncers are not?
am very satisfied with my progress -Murali
Sri Lankas champion off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan who began bowling
earlier this month following his shoulder surgery has expressed
satisfaction over his progress and is eagerly looking forward to
joining his teammates in New Zealand .
to the Sunday Times Murali said,"I have been bowling every
other day for the past three weeks or so and I must say that I am
very satisfied with my progress".Sri Lankas highest wicket
taker in tests and one dayers Muralitharan has been out of action
since August this year.However the bowler is optimistic of joining
his teammates in New Zealand for the two test matches in mid January
next year."The test matches are about 20 days away, and that
gives me more time for my recovery".
off spinner who underwent surgery in August this year is also in
touch with his Australian surgeon Dr David Young."I have kept
Dr Young informed of my progress"Murali admitted.Infact it
was only last month that Murali visited his surgeonDr David Young
in Australia and received the all clear signal to recommence bowling.
Muralitharan is expected to play in a practice game organized by
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Tuesday to prove his match fitness and
receive the green light from the SLC and the National Selectors
to take wing to New Zealand.