Need for clarity on chucking rules : Akram

Published: Sunday, November 21, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Slamming the observation of an International Cricket Council committee that many great bowlers of the past chucked, Wasim Akram on Saturday said that it was aimed at diverting attention from the real issue of chucking.

"Does ICC mean to say that all the bowlers who have played over the years are chuckers? I cannot understand what actually is going on? I think this is to divert the attention from real issues," the legendary left-arm seamer told reporters on the sidelines of a roadshow to create awareness about diabetes.

An ICC sub-committee had recently recommended a new rule allowing bowlers to straighten their arms by up to 15 degrees after thoroughly analysing actions of the bowlers of all generations with the assistance of sophisticated technology now available.

Akram also said ICC rules on chucking ought to be made simpler as even he with all the experience of playing cricket failed to make sense of the tolerance levels.

"It is very difficult for me to figure out what this tolerance level means. You are talking about 10 degree, 15 degrees, I cannot make sense from that. So if this is the case with a bowler who has played international cricket, how can a layman understand that? What we need is clear rules," he said.

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