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Harbhajan Singh has announced that former international umpire Darrell Hair “better keep his mouth shut” after he said that the Indian spinner was a role model for modern-day bowlers with suspect actions.
Hair also pointed out that legendary Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq were allowed to enjoy a lot of success despite having suspect actions.
“This is too much,” Singh told Mid-Day. “We didn’t cross the limit, but now Hair is crossing it…He seems to have gone mad.
“We were always within permissible limits. Muralitharan and me were cleared by the ICC more than once. Why didn’t Hair object to my bowling thereafter? Was it because he feared losing his job as an ICC umpire? We are not sons-in-law of the ICC.
“Present day bowlers are trying to bowl the doosra, which was invented by us. It doesn’t necessarily mean they are bending their arms more than the permissible limit. Doosras can be bowled without bending the arms too much.
“The ICC has set a standard for bowlers and are using latest technology. Hair should stop challenging technology and better keep his mouth shut.”