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Saturday, January 07, 2006

Botha reported (-worma)

Cricket South Africa's chief Gerald Majola is not happy with Botha's reporting (for illegal action)
"However, we are disappointed by this step as we believe Johan's action is legitimate. He has bowled at first-class domestic professional level for two seasons without once being reported for an unfair action by our leading match referees, umpires and players.
Welcome to the real world, Mr Majola!

Although I agree on this point he makes
"We hope Johan's promising career will continue to progress at a time when everybody in world cricket is trying to encourage the art of spin bowling in South Africa and elsewhere."
For the sake of spin bowling in SA, we all should hope for Botha to be found clean, or atleast remodels his action soon (since spin is something which he started only a couple of years back) and makes a good comeback.
Botha, who has played one Test and four one-day internationals, has only been bowling spin for a couple of years after changing from medium pace.

Botha's action, modeled on that of India's outstanding tweaker Harbhajan Singh, looks suspect to the naked eye, particularly when he is delivering the doosra, the tricky away spinner perfected by Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan.
But I do wish that such columns give the rightful claim about the mastery of 'doosra' to Saqlain...the real inventor of the 'modern' mystery ball (ofcourse offspinners would have been bowling it for ages before him).


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