Harbhajan is not losing sleep over chucking

Published: Friday, January 7, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Jalandhar:Ace off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is not losing sleep over being reported to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a suspect bowling action as he is confident of coming out clean from the controversy.

Harbhajan was reported by match referee Chris Broad and the on-field umpires for a suspect "doosra" delivery, the ball that moves away from the right-handers instead of coming in, during the second cricket Test against Bangladesh recently.

"There is no question of worrying as I am sure that the matter will be solved once and for all in a couple of weeks and every doubt will be removed," Harbhajan told reporters on Thursday.

According to rules governing suspect action, Harbhajan can continue to bowl but would have to work with an expert to correct his action if required. However, the bowler said the need for working with an expert may not arise if the ICC ratifies the suggestion to allow bowlers to bend their arms by up to 15 degrees.

"Once the ICC specifies that bowlers would be allowed to bend their arms by 15 degrees, I will automatically be cleared of suspect action. Even doubts about my 'doosra' would be set to rest," said the 'Turbanator'.

The current rules allow a tolerance level of five degrees for spinners, 7.5 for medium pacers and ten degrees for fast bowlers.

Harbhajan, in Jalandhar to promote the Sher-e-Jalandhar team, which is to take part in the Premier Hockey League, refused to comment when asked if he felt the ICC was biased against Asian cricketers.

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