Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
| Help
---------------
CHOOSE A SPORT
RELATED BBC SITES
Last Updated: Friday, 12 November, 2004, 06:39 GMT
Murali defends new chucking law
Muttiah Muralitharan
Muralitharan has 532 Test wickets

Muttiah Muralitharan insists he is not the only leading bowler with a suspect action and says Australia's Glenn McGrath bends his arm beyond the limit.

On Wednesday, the International Cricket Board recommended that all players be allowed to flex their arms by up to 15 degrees when bowling.

"Some bowlers from Australia, McGrath and everybody, they are all about 12, 13 degrees," said Muralitharan.

"You can't be accusing me only. Ninety nine percent of bowlers are flexing."

Previously only 10 degrees for fast bowlers and five degrees for spinners were permitted.

The change has to be approved by the ICC Executive Committee in November.

I believed if they were going to target him, they had to target just about everyone else
Former Sri Lankan Test coach Bruce Yardley

If the green light is given, it would allow Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan to bowl his controversial 'doosra'.

The delivery was outlawed by the ICC last May after receiving a report which was jointly produced by Sri Lanka Cricket and the University of Western Australia.

The Australian press has reacted strongly to the issue, with The Australian newspaper calling it "a chucking disgrace".

However Australian coach John Buchanan has welcomed moves to relax the bowling laws.

"I believe it's exciting what Murali and whoever else that has been under investigation do in their bowling," he said.

"If bowlers can actually increase the variety of the type of deliveries they can bowl, then that's a good thing for the game because that means batsmen have got to counter that with their own skills."

Former Sri Lankan Test coach Bruce Yardley, who has always defended Muralitharan, was delighted by the decision.

"Now I feel vindicated and I'm very happy for Murali. I always believed he was unfairly treated," he said.

"I've always believed that you can't bowl a cricket ball with a dead straight arm. You have to have some degree of flexion.

"I believed if they were going to target him, they had to target just about everyone else."




SEE ALSO
Stars criticise chucking proposal
11 Nov 04 |  Australia
SL vindicated over Muralitharan
11 Nov 04 |  Cricket
Boycott condemns 'chucking' plan
10 Nov 04 |  Cricket
New law wipes slate clean
10 Nov 04 |  Cricket
Chucking rules set to be changed
10 Nov 04 |  Cricket
Murali has high hopes for doosra
26 Oct 04 |  Sri Lanka
Drawing the line on chucking
30 Jul 04 |  Cricket
ICC backs 'chucking' policy
19 Feb 04 |  Cricket


RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


E-mail services | Sport on mobiles/PDAs

MMIX

Back to top

Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability sport | Olympics 2012 | Sport Relief | Other sport...

BBC Sport Academy >> | BBC News >> | BBC Weather >>
About the BBC | News sources | Privacy & Cookies Policy | Contact us
banner watch listen bbc sport