Darrell Hair Should Shut Up, Our Action was Clean: Harbhajan Singh on Chucking Controversy

Darrell Hair said Harbhajan Singh, Muralitharan and Saqlain Mushtaq were role models for modern-day spinners with suspect bowling action.

updated: October 15, 2014 18:03 IST
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Harbhajan Singh has hit back at former ICC Elite umpire Darrell Hair, who recently branded the feisty Indian off-spinner as a role-model for modern-day bowlers with suspect action. Hair, never liked by sub-continental spinners, recently said Harbhajan, Muralitharan and Saqlain Mushtaq were allowed to prosper in spite of foul bowling action.

Speaking to Mid-Day, Harbhajan said: "This is too much. We didn't cross the limit, but now Hair is crossing it...He seems to have gone mad."

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 Harbhajan 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."

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