ICC: South African Botha''s doosra illegal
DUBAI: South Africa''s Johan Botha has had his ''doosra'' delivery ruled illegal by the International Cricket Council (ICC), although his standard off-break and arm-ball were found to be legitimate.
The ICC said in a statement that an independent test had found Botha''s ''doosra'' (a ball that turns away from a right-hander, as opposed to a conventional off spinner which turns towards him) to be illegal and the player had been warned against bowling that particular delivery in international cricket.
A comprehensive analysis revealed that his action for the ''doosra'' exceeded the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under regulations.
However, the ICC said the same assessment found that Botha''s off-break and arm-ball deliveries were bowled within the tolerance level and so the 27-year-old can continue to bowl those deliveries at international level.