Sydney: Australian umpire Ross Emerson, best known for calling off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan a chucker believes the off-spinner does not deserve to retire tagged as the most prolific wicket-taker.
The controversial umpire had no-balled Muttiah Muralitharan for his action in an ODI match in the year 1996 which led to Muralitharan being dropped by Sri Lanka for the rest of the tour down under.
Emerson was banished from international cricket after no-balling Muralitharan again in a ODI against England in Adelaide in 1999.
“I haven"t changed my view in 15 years, he doesn"t deserve the record," The Courier Mail quoted Ross Emerson, as saying according to ANI reports.
He further said that rather than Muralitharan, Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne deserves the record.
“You couldn"t compare his record to Shane Warne"s, no one ever doubted the legality of Warne"s action. Murali was a great competitor and a great bowler, but a lot of the time he just didn"t bowl within the limits of the law," Emerson said.
Muralitharan had recently confirmed that he will retire from Test cricket after the July 18 game against India in Galle.
With 792 Test wickets in his 17-year career, he will retire as the game"s highest Test wicket-taker.
Muralitharan became the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket when he overtook the previous record-holder Warne in December 2007.
He had previously held the record when he surpassed Courtney Walsh"s 519 wickets in 2004, but he suffered a shoulder injury later that year and was then overtaken by Warne.
The 38-year-old was rated the greatest Test match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketers" Almanack in 2002.