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Bowl within the rules, Murali urges bowlers

Bowl within the rules, Murali urges bowlers
The 42-year-old joined the debate whether the process adopted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in its crackdown on bowlers with suspect actions will diminish the art of spin bowling, a craft which fetched him 800 wickets in Tests and 534 in one-dayers -- both records.

In July the ICC launched a crackdown on bowlers with suspect actions, suspending Sri Lanka’s Sachitra Senanayake, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and Pakistan’s high profile bowler Saeed Ajmal.

Zimbabwe’s Prosper Utseya and the Bangladeshi duo of Sohag Gazi and Al-Amin Hossan were also
reported for suspect actions last month.

Apart from paceman Hossain, all other bowlers are off-spinners and some of them bowl the controversial ‘doosra,’ a delivery which turns the other way compared to the normal off-breaks.

Under ICC rules -- implemented in 2006 after controversy over Muralitharan’s doosra -- bowlers are allowed to straighten their arms by 15 degree, established as the point at which any straightening will become visible to the naked eye. But both Ajmal and Senanayake went close to 43 degrees during their assessments in a bio-mechanic lab and need remedial work to get clearance.

Muralitharan stressed that bowlers should follow the rules. ‘The law was set long time ago,’ Muralitharan told the media. ‘It says 15 degrees (is allowed). If the law has said that any bowler is suspect, umpires can’t call him but they can report him and bowlers have to go for a reviewing test.
‘The law was already there when I was playing so you have to go and test and see. If you come under 15 you are legal if you go over that you have to work on your action that is the basic need.
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