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Last Updated: Monday, 29 March, 2004, 13:32 GMT 14:32 UK
Murali upset by bowling row
Muttiah Muralitharan
Murali's action was scrutinised during the Australia series

Sri Lankan spin star Muttiah Muralitharan is disappointed after being reported for a second time for a suspect bowling action.

Murali, who has been cleared once before, believes the new assessment will prove his action to be legal.

"I am disappointed as I thought this matter was behind me," he said.

"I am very confident that these assessments will prove, once and for all, that my bowling action is perfectly legal."

Match referee Chris Broad reported the spinner to the International Cricket Council after the third and final Test of the series against Australia in Colombo on Sunday.

Murali is obviously disappointed but he is a born fighter
Duleep Mendis
Sri Lanka Cricket chief
Muralitharan's new delivery that spins the other way from his stock off-break has been called into question.

"I have been bowling this delivery for over five years now and I am naturally upset because I feel there is nothing wrong with it," Muralitharan said.

Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive, Duleep Mendis, registered his surprise that Murali had been reported.

"The only difference is that he has now perfected the delivery, making it more effective and accurate," he said.

"We hope to appoint an ICC-approved human movement specialist as soon as possible.

"Murali is obviously disappointed but he is a born fighter and, having spoken to him, I am sure he will fight his way through this. I was pleased to see him in this mood."

Sri Lanka will be responsible for reviewing Murali's action and submitting a report to the ICC within six weeks, in the new streamlined two-stage process.

His action will be reviewed by an ICC-appointed Bowling Review Group if he is reported again within a 12-month period.

Chairman of the ICC cricket committee Sunil Gavaskar said he has every confidence in the process.

"The ICC has overhauled its system for dealing with suspect actions and it's a sensible one," the ex-India star said.

"We've already seen three bowlers reported over the past 12 months, all of whom are now back after making technical adjustments to their actions.

"It also helps match officials learn how to deal with particular actions."

Muralitharan was cleared by the ICC of throwing after being no-balled for throwing during tours to Australia in 1995 and 1998.

He currently has 513 Test wickets, just six away from Courtney Walsh's record haul, and will be able to tour Zimbabwe from mid-April.




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