Either you chuck or you don~~t, says Akram on ICC bowling proposal

Published: Tuesday, November 23, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mohali:Wasim Akram today rubbished the recent research on bowling action by the International Cricket Council (ICC) saying the game's world governing body was "being stupid" in proposing that bowlers be allowed to bend their arms up to 15 degrees.

"ICC is being stupid. It's a stupid theory. It (flexion) can't be 11 degrees or 15 degrees. There seems to be no brains there," the legendary Pakistani all-rounder told reporters here on the sidelines of a programme that aims to create awareness about diabetes among children.

The 38-year-old former Pakistan captain said the ICC must not adopt an in-between path while dealing with players with suspect bowling action. "Either you chuck or you don't".

While Akram had brickbats for ICC, he was sympathetic of controversial off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.

"I think Murali is a great bowler. Sometimes you are unfair to him."

Akram was all praise for Indian paceman Irfan Pathan and rated the left-arm seamer as a better player than what he himself was during the early phase of his career.

"The talent is very much there. He is a better bowler than what I was at his age. He knows what is happening around him and he has many years to further improve himself."

Akram was critical of Indian spinners, particularly Harbhajan Singh for criticising the Kanpur pitch. "This is the problem with your spinners that they start expecting the pitch to turn from day one itself.

"Harbhajan is a great bowler and he should stop blaming the wickets. I think a Test wicket should be like the one at Kanpur. It should not be like the Mumbai track where players like Clarke can take six wickets," he said.

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