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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 March, 2005, 13:01 GMT
Wright gives support to Harbhajan
India coach John Wright and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh
India coach John Wright will not try to stop Harbhajan Singh bowling his doosra against Pakistan despite the spinner being reported again in Calcutta.

"I'm not going to ask Harbhajan to stop bowling his doosra," Wright said ahead of the third and final Test in Bangalore starting on Thursday.

"I want him to carry on bowling the way he's been bowling in 40-odd Tests."

Harbhajan, whose action was cleared earlier this month, is allowed to bowl during the course of his latest review.

Match referee Chris Broad's report to the International Cricket Council said the suspicion related only to the doosra, an off-spinner's delivery which which turns in the opposite direction.

"The report relates specifically to the bowler's action when delivering the doosra," said Broad, who reported Harbhajan first time around in a Test in Bangladesh in December.

"It was noticeable to the umpires and me that there was an apparent change in action when bowling this delivery between the first innings of the match, when no concerns were raised, and the second, which then prompted the report to be made."

India spinner Harbhajan Singh delivers a ball in practice for the second Test
Harbhajan was far from happy at being reported for a second time

Harbhajan was left bewildered over his latest brush with the ICC.

"I just can't seem to figure out what the ICC is doing," the 24-year-old said on Sunday after India's 195-run win in Calcutta gave them a 1-0 series lead.

"I was sent to Australia as per the ICC's directive and was examined and cleared by the ICC's own specialists.

"I do not have a suspect action. If they want to test me again and again they are most welcome."

In his column for the Times of India, Harbhajan took a swipe at the ICC's method for dealing with suspect actions.

"I'm not clear where all this leads. Am I to undergo tests every time someone says something about my action?" he asked.

"If that is the case then the tests I underwent were not conclusive, and Sunday's developments mean the ICC referee does not trust the ICC's tests for bowling actions.
"The contention that my doosra was clean in the first innings but illegal in the second is strange to say the least."

Under the ICC's bowling review process, Harbhajan, who was also reported and cleared in 1998, will undergo analysis of his action by human movement specialists within 21 days.

A bio-mechanical review of his action should reveal whether his action falls within the 15 degrees of permitted elbow straightening.


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