Lankans hit back at Bedi on Murali comment

Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2002, 20:36 [IST]
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Lahore: Sri Lankan cricket managers on Wednesday reacted with dismay to Indian spin legend Bishen Bedi's criticism of Muthiah Muralitharan's bowling action.

Bedi, who took 266 wickets for India in 1960s and 70s, said last month that Sri Lankan off spinner Muralitharan's action looks more of a javelin thrower than a bowler. "Bedi's remarks are really disappointing and disturbing. He should not have said that after Muralitharan's action was cleared by the International Cricket Council," Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya said. Bedi criticised the International Cricket Council for allowing bowlers with suspect actions to play at international level. "It is an attempt to trigger disturbance for a bowler who has been performing excellently," said the captain, here for the final of Asian Test championship against Pakistan. The Kandy-born Muralitharan took 80 wickets in 12 Tests last year. He also became the fastest bowler to reach 400 wickets, achieving the milestone in 72 Tests. Muralitharan has been no-balled in his career by umpires who believe he is "chucking" - delivering the ball without his arm being locked at the elbow. Tests carried out at an Australian university however have shown that the impression is the result of a birth defect which makes Muralitharan's arm appear bent even when he has locked his elbow. Sri Lankan coach Dav Whatmore said Bedi's remarks were unwarranted. "It disappointed us no end but Muralitharan is a great fighter and a great bowler so he would not be distracted by such remarks," Whatmore, an Australian, said. Sri Lankan manager Chandra Schaffer criticised Bedi for creating controversies. "Not very many people take Bedi seriously, I think he thrives on controversies and that's his style," Schaffer said. "I don't see any problems for Muralitharan in the future as far as his bowling action is concerned," he said.

Bedi lashes out at 'javelin thrower' Murali

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