Saqlain bowls ‘doosra’ to ICC

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: The inventor of the mystery ball, ‘Doosra’ Saqlain Mushtaq has said that, due to his technique, he never felt any difficulty in managing the away going delivery; however declined to comment on the official rules, in this regard, saying that it was the job of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the matter. “It [Doosra] can be delivered with the normal bowling action as well, but the bowlers, these days, have to better their techniques and work harder on it to attain perfection”, said Saqlain Mushtaq, while talking to this correspondent. Image

“Doosra” is a delivery, from an off-spinner, which drifts away, after pitching, instead of coming in to a right-handed batsman. Under the ICC regulations, a bowler is allowed to flex the elbow, of the bowling arm, at an angle of 15 degrees while delivering the ‘Doosra’.

Saqlain Mushtaq, 37, however feels the 15-degree relaxation, from the ICC, is way too much. Citing his own example, the former off-spinner added that he used an array of muscles to deliver ‘Doosra’ cleanly. “My grip was different and I used the back shoulder muscle in tandem with the front-foot and the calf muscle to deliver the ‘Doosra’ with ease. It is not impossible to do it cleanly, but the bowlers need to practice more to reach that level”, maintained Saqlain, who claimed 208 wickets in 49 Tests for Pakistan from 1995 to 2004.

“My era was different, now, when the ICC has already relaxed the limit, we should live with it and move on instead”, concluded Saqlain Mushtaq.

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