Roberts accuses ICC of targeting Shillingford and Samuels

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“My only problem is that they are picking on Shillingford and Marlon Samuels to some extent when there are so many pelters around the world that they are not calling”

Legendary West Indies pace bowler Andy Roberts has accused the International Cricket Council (ICC) of targeting the spin duo of Shane Shillingford and Marlon Samuels over their bowling actions.

Both players were reported for a suspicious action during the West Indies’ recent Test series against India.

Roberts added that there were many other bowlers who should be reported for a suspicious action as well.

“As far as Shillingford is concerned, he has been under the gun since he started playing for Windward Islands, so it’s nothing new,” Roberts was quoted as saying by the Antigua Observer. “But my only problem is that they are picking on Shillingford and Marlon Samuels to some extent when there are so many pelters around the world that they are not calling.

“You have pelters who have world records who they are not calling and you have pelters who are top of the ICC rankings who they are not calling; not one, not two, because in the top 10, you have at least three or four people who have their elbows more than 15 degrees, but they are not calling them and you know why? They are from countries that have clout and the West Indies have no clout in international cricket.”

Roberts also noted that if other players were not going to be reported for their bowling actions, then the ICC should consider imposing a ban on the doosra.

“ICC has condoned chucking for years because, number one, they are afraid of the Asian countries, so they allow the Asian countries to get away with most things,” he said. “So if Shane is throwing the doosra, you have Muralitharan who bowled the doosra for years, so what you are telling me is that he bowls it, but Shane throws it.

“You have so many people now bowling doosra and the only off-spinner in the world that I can see that hasn’t bowled a doosra is Graeme Swann out of England. He bowls an arm ball. So ICC needs to either ban doosras or call everybody who bowls a doosra for throwing.”

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