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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 December, 2004, 16:21 GMT
Harbhajan eyes ICC rule change
Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan's action has been reported before in 1998
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh hopes the International Cricket Council (ICC) will relax its throwing rule and end controversy over one of his deliveries.

The India star was last week reported for suspect action for bowling a doosra - a ball which spins away from right-handed batsmen, rather than into them.

"Hopefully they will come out with the 15-degree rule, then everyone will be able to bowl that ball," he said.

"So I think I'll be able to bowl the doosra again."

Spinners are currently permitted to straighten their arms by five degrees, medium pacers 7.5 and fast bowlers by 10 during delivery.

But the ICC will study a recommendation in February that all bowlers should be allowed to straighten their arms by up to 15 degrees.

Meanwhile, Harbhajan can continue playing while his action is scrutinised by biomechanics experts over the next six weeks.

He is the sixth player reported to the ICC under its revised process to deal with potentially flawed actions.

Shabbir Ahmed (Pakistan), Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka), Blessing Mahwire (Zimbabwe) and Abdur Razzaq (Bangladesh) have all had their actions reviewed and undergone remedial work this year.

A report on the action of Shoaib Malik (Pakistan) is due to be received by the ICC later this week.

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