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'Murali setting wrong precedent'

Former spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi calls the Lankan a ''monster'' and slams ICC for bending rules to aid "chuckers" like him.

cricket Updated: Aug 07, 2007 18:14 IST

Lashing out at the ICC for bending rules to aid "chuckers" like Muttiah Muralitharan, former Indian spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi said the Sri Lankan off-spinner is a "monster" who is killing the game by setting a wrong precedent for youngsters.

"That man (Muralitharan) is the best shot-putter in the history of cricket. People like him are just killing the game and nobody is doing anything about it," Bedi said at a function in New Delhi.

"The most worrying thing is that young boys are trying to emulate him. So the ICC have ended up creating a monster with all their technological nonsense to help him continue," he added.

Bedi, who has been quite vocal in his criticism of the Lankan bowler's action in the past, said Muralitharan had been allowed to take advantage of a physical deformity which was unfair on the batsmen.

"Here is a case of taking advantage of a physical deficiency. He has sixty five-wicket hauls in Tests, which is equivalent to scoring 60 hundreds. This is so unfair. He is going berserk with his action," Bedi said.

"The reason I think he cheats is because I have seen him bowl perfect leg breaks. But when it comes to his other deliveries, he bends his arm," he added.

Bedi hit out at the ICC for using bio-mechanical tests to detect chuckers and said it should go by the assessment of the on-field umpire, who actually watches the bowler.

"Cricketers don't play in labs. They play on grounds and chucking is something that can be detected with a naked eye. You don't need to go to Australia for those fancy tests to decide whether a bowler chucks," he said.

The former spinner said Muralitharan may go down as the highest wicket-taker in Test history but he can never be put in the same bracket as Australian Shane Warne.

"Warne is a genius. His action is just beautiful and he cannot be compared with Muralitharan. He is a league apart. Murali will complete 1000 Test wickets but they would count as mere runouts in my eyes," he said.