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Bedi questions Shillingford action, says chucking is like match-fixing

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Updated: Friday, November 8, 2013, 11:32 [IST]
 
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Kolkata, Nov 8: Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi has raised concerns over the bowling action of West Indies offspinner Shane Shillingford and feels chucking is similar to match-fixing.

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Bedi has always raised his voice against throwing by bowlers - offspinners in particular. He has in the past questioned the International Cricket Council (ICC) for allowing bowlers to bend their arm 15 degrees.

Bedi questions Shillingford's action

After watching Shillingford wreck havoc at Eden Gardens in the first India-West Indies Test on day two on Thursday (November 7), Bedi used the micro-blogging site Twitter to question the West Indian bowler's action. Shillingford ended with figures of 6/167 in 55 overs on third day today.

In 2010, umpires had reported Shillingford for a suspect bowling action during a match.

"They'r all looking at frnt ft no ball,no body's bothered abt bent elbow!But Indns can't complain can they?Am very wary o longsleevd offies!!," tweeted Bedi on Thursday.

Shillingford bowled with full sleeves shirt during the Test. He took four wickets on Thursday and added two today.

Today, on the third day of the Test, Bedi hit out again comparing chucking to match-fixing. He blasted those who praised such bowlers.

"Admittedly icc gag order stops xprts frm h'lighting 'chucking' but pray tell who gives 'em license 2 sing ravingly fr suspect actions?!," he wrote.

"Rav'n abt 'chucking' wud b akin 2 singing paeans fr match-fixing-two glaring ills of mod crkt!Just imagine 'what a gr8 matchfixer so&so is?'," he added.

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Story first published:  Friday, November 8, 2013, 10:58 [IST]
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