Boycott blasts ICC ~~chucker~~s charter~~

Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Geoff Boycott has slammed the International Cricket Council's proposal to relax the rules on chucking as the result of pressure from Sri Lanka on behalf of star spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.

The Sri Lankan's famous -- or infamous -- doosra delivery is expected to become legal once ICC chiefs have ratified a proposal from a committee to allow bowlers to flex their arms at the elbow by up to 15 degrees during a delivery.

The move follows research that indicated most bowlers in history have released the ball with a bent arm -- although this was only rarely visible to the naked eye.

But former England batsman Boycott claimed the development was nothing to do with consistency and fairness, describing it as a "sad day for cricket."

The blunt-speaking Yorkshireman told the BBC on Wednesday: "I think it's been brought in through pressure from Sri Lanka and Murali's supporters. It's a sad day for cricket that this pressure can allow Muralitharan to bowl whatever he wants."

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