According to a report in the Indian Express, the technical committee of the ICC (International Cricket Council) alerted Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel that Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and slow left arm bowler Pragyan Ojha should be closely monitored for their bowling actions when they play International cricket again.
In the recent past, the the ICC has been harsh on suspect bowling actions of spinners as they are banning the big guns as well. The world’s top ODI bowler, Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal, was banned earlier this year while Sachitra Senanayake of Sri Lanka was barred from bowling as well.
Harbhajan also spoke on Daryl Hair’s comments on him when the former umpire called the Indian offie a role model for chuckers.
“I have no time for Darrell Hair’s nonsense. Who the hell is he? Is he bigger than the ICC? But if he tries to damage my reputation or belittle my achievements as an international cricketer with another provocative comment, I will be speaking to BCCI and seek legal action against Hair. Just because three for four international bowlers’ actions have been found suspect, who gives him (Hair) the right to put everyone in the same bracket? Those, who have problems with their action will undergo corrective measures. Well, I have undergone bio-mechanics tests at Perth in Australia in 2005 under B Foster as well as in England under Fred Titmus in 1999. The ICC has all my reports and this former umpire tries to malign my reputation. It has taken 14 years of rigorous hard work to attain a level and some random man can’t spoil that,” Harbhajan said.
Harbhajan last played ODIs for India in 2011 and appeared for a single test in 2013. On te ther hand, left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, last appeared for India in 2013.