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Warne concerned about chucking changes

By Jim Morton and Roger Vaughan 11/11/2004 08:01:23 PM Comments (0)

A bevy of Australian Test cricketers and former greats have condemned moves to relax chucking laws mooted by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The ICC is considering changes that would allow bowlers to straighten their arms further in delivery.

If the move is adopted it would effectively end the controversy over off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and allow the Sri Lankan to bowl his doosra, the delivery that turns away from the normal off-break, again.

"It seems like they are playing around and changing these rules all the time," said Test captain Ricky Ponting.

"What that says to me as well is that Murali will be able to bowl his doosra again."

While the world's leading Test wicket-taker Shane Warne went to great lengths to avoid saying Muralitharan would specifically benefit from a decision allowing bowlers to bend their arms up to 15 degrees - the current level is five for spinners and 10 for fast bowlers - he believed it would simply lead to more confusion.

"I think it might (create confusion). How does an umpire tell if it's 12 degrees, 10 degrees, nine, 13, 14, whatever it is when it happens like that?" he said in Melbourne.

Warne said he would not take issue with the rubber-wristed Muralitharan bowling his doosra, if the proposal was rubber-stamped by the ICC Executives Committee in Melbourne in February.

"If that's what they say ... whatever they basically say we, as players, have to abide with it," he said.

"You've got to look at the laws and what the laws say - it's pretty hard to bowl a ball, given the way the law is."

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