ICC~~s stand on ~~doosra~~ remains firm

Published: Saturday, May 15, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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London :The International Cricket Council (ICC) will adhere to the existing rules on illegal bowling action until a newly-appointed sub-committee completes its research on the much-debated issue.

The decision, taken after the cricket committee-playing deliberated on the issue during its meeting in Dubai, would mean Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan cannot bowl his 'doosra' - the delivery that spins away from the right-handers, for now.

Murali can, however, expect a fair representation in the sub-committee, appointed by the Sunil Gavaskar chaired cricket committee-playing, as it comprises among others former Sri Lankan batsman Aravinda de Silva.

But any review of the existing rules on tolerance levels for bowlers would be made only after the sub-committee completes its research into spin bowling, which is expected only by the "last quarter of this year", according to a press release from the game's governing body in London on Saturday.

"A sub-committee will look at the review procedure and the protocols that are in place such as the appropriate levels of tolerance for bowlers but there will be no recommendations made on these issues until the ICC's research programme has been completed and the results properly analysed," ICC's general manager David Richardson was quoted as saying in the release.

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