Should ‘Doosra’ be forbidden from International cricket?

A ‘Doosra’ is a particular type of delivery by an off-spin bowler, which is bowled with the same finger action as a common off break, but spins from the leg side to the off side to a right-handed batsman.Since its discovery, this delivery has drawn flak from many cricket experts who have criticized it saying that it cannot be bowled officially.

In July 2009 in Australia, a spin summit held at Cricket Australia’s Centre for Excellence decided not to teach this form of delivery to young spinners. According to the delegates that included players like Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill, ‘doosra’ will not be taught in Australia unless ICC decides to legalize all forms of chucking.

Many bowlers have made considerable use of ‘doosra’ in international cricket, including Indian Harbhajan Singh, Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan, South African Johan Botha, and the Pakistanis Shoaib Malik and Saeed Ajmal. However, all these spinners have had accusations of throwing levelled against them.

In a recent interview, former Indian captain Bishan Singh Bedi said that cricket should be made chucking-free by banning the guilty bowlers, who are acting as role models for youngsters.

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