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Tait gets Akhtar backing over action row

Shoaib Akhtar comes out in support of beleaguered Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait, over complaints about his action from the visiting New Zealanders.

cricket Updated: Dec 16, 2007 12:45 IST

Shaun Tait fears doubts about the leagality of his action may haunt him for some time to come even as he got support from Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar, who said the allegations against the Australian were nonsense.

"It's the worst thing any bowler could face. I just hope something like this doesn't hang over me for the rest of my career like it has with (Mutthiah) Muralitharan," Tait said.

"I know it's (my action) a bit unique. I tend to turn my wrist very late at the point of delivery, but never at any stage of my career has anyone tried to suggest I chuck. I'm not happy about it at all but I'm not the sort of bloke to lose sleep over it," he was quoted as saying by 'Sunday Mail'.

Tait found support from Akhtar, whose own action has been questioned time and again. The Pakistan bowler felt the allegations by the New Zealand team were part of a smear campaign.

"My advice is leave Shaun Tait alone. There is no way in the world Tait is a chucker. They (Kiwis) seem to have a problem just because he bowls express pace. The Kiwis tried to do this to me in 2001," Akhtar lashed out in an interview to the 'Herald Sun'.

"I had just come back from injury and a certain player - I won't name him - made a complaint about my action. What they are doing to Tait is terrible," he added.

Akhtar also urged Australia to go ahead with the tour of Pakistan next March despite security concerns being raised by all-rounder Andrew Symonds.

"My message is don't be afraid. We will look after you. Come play some tough cricket and we'll look forward to it," he said.