Keep bowlers with illegal actions out of cricket: MS Dhoni

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Updated: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 11:43 [IST]
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Kochi, Oct 8: India captain MS Dhoni has backed the International Cricket Council's (ICC) recent clampdown on illegal bowling actions.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference here on Tuesday (October 7), ahead of the first ODI against West Indies, Dhoni said bowlers with suspect actions should be kept out of cricket.

'Keep bowlers with illegal actions out'

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"There are a lot of bowlers with clean actions, people like Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra. If you don't have a good action, you have a slight advantage over the others," Dhoni said.

"Definitely what is legal should be allowed, and what's not legal is for the ICC to decide. I feel no undue advantage should be given to anyone," he added.

The skipper said it is a "good decision" by the ICC. "Of course, I'm not someone who decides on that. Definitely, I feel it's a good decision to clamp down on such actions. Otherwise, it's unfair on the bowlers who have clean actions. If you have a suspect action, then you'll have to get it cleared and then come up and play. I'm not taking anybody's name, but the general agenda of what I'm saying is it's important to keep it (wrong actions) out of cricket," he said.

In recent times, ICC has come down heavily on suspect bowling actions. Pakistan's ace offspinner Saeed Ajmal has been banned because of an illegal bowling action. During the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20), Sunil Narine of West Indies was suspended from bowling. Narine was later withdrawn from the tour of India.

When asked whether there was a danger of youngsters copying illegal bowling actions, he explained, "I don't think anybody wants to copy a suspect action. As a cricketer, if I'm a bowler, I won't like to copy anyone because my strength will be entirely different. To be successful, you've to back your strength. I feel it's good that the ICC are going hard, because if we are close to the borderline, then we will face the pressure. It's a crucial decision."

He adde: "I'm happy with the way it's going, just that they have to be consistent with it. We can't really go ahead with the big names or small names. If somebody has a suspect action, it should be made sure he goes through all the corrections. That's the best thing to do. It's not something that should be frustrating. If you think ‘my action is not legal' you should be ready to go through procedures and then come back and play."


Story first published:  Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 11:36 [IST]
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