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Kirtley dragged into chucking row

ICC match referee Clive Lloyd said that England pace bowler James Kirtley had been dragged into a chucking row without any complaint or provocation.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2003 17:03 IST

International Cricket Council match referee Clive Lloyd said Tuesday that England pace bowler James Kirtley had been dragged into a chucking row without any complaint or provocation.

"I've seen nothing wrong in James' action and none of the umpires had reported him. He can be rest assured that he's doing fine," Lloyd told reporters after two British papers reported that Lloyd had sought video footage of two years ago to study Kirtley's bowling action.

Two years ago, Kirtley's action was reported to the ICC by Pakistan official Naushad Ali during a limited-over series against Zimbabwe and he went through a corrective stint with England's former bowling coach Bob Cottam.

Lloyd said there was no reason to analyze Kirtley's action after he played in the second test match against Sri Lanka, which finished Sunday.

"The young guy's had some problem before, but he's rectified that," said Lloyd, a former West Indies captain. "Everything's fine right now. There's no provocation to start an inquest into his bowling action and I regret the young bowler's facing a trial by the media," he said. "I understand what James' going through.

"He's probably thinking that I've reported him to the ICC, but that's not true. I've clarified the situation, no one wants to mar this series."

Lloyd said two former England test cricketers-turned-reporters met him Wednesday and asked him about the procedures he'd follow if there was suspicion about a bowler's action.

"I just clarified the situation to a journalist. I said if there was suspicion reported by the umpires about a bowler, I'd take it from there," he said.

Lloyd said he had not been irresponsible to go and discuss a bowler's action with journalists, but had just answered a question on the procedure.

"I wouldn't call for video evidence unless the umpires tell me something's wrong," he said.

"We monitor all bowlers, and I hadn't seen him bowl before. But this shouldn't give ideas to anyone," Lloyd said.