Sri Lanka has asked Murali not to bowl "doosra" - ICC
Fri 14 May, 2004 22:25
LONDON, May 14 (Reuters) - The International Cricket Council said on Friday
that the Sri Lanka Cricket authority (SLC) had provided the ICC with copies
of its (SLC's) advice to Muttiah Muralitharan and his team management
requesting the spinner to refrain from bowling his "doosra".
The ICC also confirmed that match referee Mike Proctor had raised the issue
with the Sri Lanka team manager before the start of play in the second test
with Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Friday "to ensure that there was no confusion
over this matter."
The advice provided by SLC follows the report by the University of Western
Australia which established that the "doosra" delivery did not conform to
ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed said that SLC had provided copies of its
advice to Muralitharan to confirm that it had taken this action.
"I am aware of media reports in some papers suggesting that Mr Muralitharan
has not been given this information," said Speed "This is not the advice
that SLC has given to the ICC.
"It has provided two pieces of correspondence, one from its Bowling Review
Group to Muralitharan and one from its chief executive to the team manager,
both of which are clear in saying that the bowler should refrain from
bowling this delivery.
"Given the comments that have appeared in the media today concerning this
advice, the ICC asked ICC match referee, Mike Proctor...to ensure that the
Sri Lankan team management is fully aware of the issue and of the processes
in place to deal with any concerns that might arise out of this match."
Muralitharan, cricket's leading test wicket taker, did not bowl his "doosra"
against Sri Lanka on Friday but captured two wickets. The ball turns away
from right-handed batsmen.