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    January 29, 2007

    Lets keep the dodgy actions out please

    I just happened to catch Cricket Star, the reality show on Zee Sports. It definitely looked ok. Some of the talent on show, especially in the spin bowling department, was quite good. But those in charge of the show, especially the likes of Kapil, Jadeja, Robin Singh and Manjrekar who're interacting with the young cricketers, need to make sure that they ensure that no one with a dodgy bowling action gets to be on the show. I've just seen an offspinner bowl whose bowling action would elicit a gasp from Muralitharan.

    Strictly going by the ICC's standards, Murali does not chuck. But would those youngsters participating in the show, or indeed we, want a youngster's bowling action to be exposed as being faulty after he makes his debut, regardless of whether an on-field umpire calls him for chucking or if the decision is taken by committee? I'm fairly sure that the answer is no.

    Which is why it is absolutely critical that this chucking thingie should be dealt with at the earliest, regardless of whether the arena is a reality TV show or an under-14 game.

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    Thus spake Jagadish @ 12:55 AM |
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