Ashwin says ICC should relax 15 degree rule for doosra

Saqlain Mushtaq was the only spinner who bowled a “legal doosra” during his playing days, feels India’s spin spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin.

Ashwin wants the game’s governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) to do away with its maximum limit of 15 degrees of elbow flexion.

 “According to me, let’s not do away with it (doosra) but enable spinners to bowl the doosra responsibly with an appropriate bend,’ Ashwin said in his Tamil YouTube show ‘The Legend of the Doosra’ with Agoram.

“There should not be any line of breach. Everyone should be allowed to bowl as such – 15 degrees or 20-22 degrees.”

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Bowling the doosra

Meanwhile, former South Africa performance analyst Prasanna Agoram said, “I want an equal balance between bat and ball. Bowlers need the same leeway as batsmen. This is how competition can get better. I want to see bowlers defend 125 in T20 cricket. That’s the bottom line.

“But in some cases when the (umpires’) action happens only for doosra, I want ICC to flex it to 18.6 degrees. If the bowlers are allowed to bowl the doosra, the competitiveness (between batsmen and bowler) should be considered,” he added.

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Ashwin also said that former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq bowled the ‘doosra’ beautifully and legally. “Saqlain bowled it (the ‘doosra’) beautifully and legally. He bowled it at a slow pace and it was also the legally possible speed (77 kmph),” he said.

According to Ashwin, the only other spinner who bowled the doosra legally was Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik.

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