In cricket throwing or chucking refers to an act of deliberately straightening the arm while delivering the action. It is deemed illegal in cricket.Recently the cricketing world was shaken by a controversy that changed the way we approached the game. Saeed Ajmal, one of the best bowlers in the world was banned for an illegal action. The recent news says Sunil Narine is also under the scanner for his action. This comes as a shocking piece of news as it might have serious repercussions on way we see the game and forces us to ponder whether there was any need of this. Well cases like these are not new to the game of cricket. We have seen a lot of careers being affected because of this. Let’s take a look at a few classic cases that have affected the game and the players themselves .
Bowlers Caught for a Suspected Action
One of the legends of modern era, he has been in controversy throughout his career because of his bowling action. He had to undergo various action tests to prove him and has somehow managed to get through narrowly. He has been looked upon with suspicion by various schools of thoughts existing in cricket. He has been called a chucker by many greats of international cricket and he has always answered with his brilliant bowling.
One of the famous events include the famous boxing day test match of 1995 in Melbourne where Muralitharan was no balled seven times by umpire Daryl Hair and lead to severe outrage in the Sri Lankan camp which sought immediate remedy to this problem. Muralitharan’s action was declared legal by ICC on 2 occasions in 1995 and 1999. However, even today many players are unhappy with that verdict.