Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Dhoni backs ICC crackdown on chuckers

KOCHI: The ICC's recent crackdown on bowlers with suspect actions has triggered a hornet's nest after several high-profile bowlers - including Pak off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and West Indies' Sunil Narine -were reported for chucking.

India, though, have evaded the net so far, and on Tuesday skipper MS Dhoni backed the world body's decision to take a hard line on suspect actions.

"What we need to see is what is right and what's wrong. 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.

"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. Definitely, I feel it's a good decision to clamp down. Otherwise, it's unfair on the bowlers who have good clean actions. If you have a suspect action, then you'll have to get it cleared and then come up and play. We have to appreciate people with clean actions. 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," said Dhoni.

"I feel it's good that the ICC is going hard, because if we are close to the borderline, then we will face the pressure. It's a crucial decision. 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, he should go through the corrections."

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