Darrell Hair Picks Out Saqlain Mushtaq, Harbhajan Singh and Muralitharan as 'Role Models' for 'Chuckers'

Since July 2014, ICC match officials have reported five spinners - Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal, Sri Lanka's Sachitra Senanayake, New Zealand's Kane Williamson, Zimbabwe's Prosper Utseya and Bangladesh's Sohag Gazi for suspect action. All five have been banned from bowling in international cricket.

updated: October 13, 2014 19:29 IST
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A file pic of former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq.

Former Australian Test umpire Darrell Hair has named three sub-continental spin giants - Muttiah Muralitharan, Saqlain Mushtaq and Harbhajan Singh - as the 'role models' for the increasing number of 'chuckers' in the game currently.

Slamming the famed trio, Hair told Sydney Morning Herald, "I said it in the late '90s that if something wasn't done about it you'd have a generation of chuckers on your hands. They try to emulate Harbajan Singh, Saqlain Mushtaq and Muralitharan and that's the problem. The crackdown should have happened on those players and the ICC should have let it be known that it wasn't acceptable."

The controversial umpire had famously no-balled Muralitharan in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne in 1995 for what he considered a suspect action. He reckons ICC's recent 'clean up' act is coming '20 years too late'

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