Harbhajan: Hair 'better keep his mouth shut'

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India spinner Harbhajan Singh has reacted with fury to comments made by former umpire Darrell Hair, who said Bhajji, as well as Saqlain Mushtaq and Muttiah Muralitharan, were the ultimate 'chuckers'.

India spinner Harbhajan Singh has reacted with fury to comments made by former umpire Darrell Hair, who said Bhajji, as well as Saqlain Mushtaq and Muttiah Muralitharan, were the ultimate 'chuckers'.

Hair was one of the first umpires to no-ball Muralitharan for a suspect action, and was never a favourite with Indian bowlers. He said this week that the ICC's crackdown on chucking was '20 years too late' and that the above trio were 'role models' for chuckers.

Harbhajan, who was tested a few times over the years, said on Mid-Day: "This is too much. We didn't cross the limit, but now Hair is crossing it…He seems to have gone mad.

"We were always within permissible limits. Muralitharan and me were cleared by the ICC more than once. Why didn't Hair object to my bowling thereafter? Was it because he feared losing his job as an ICC umpire? We are not sons-in-law of the ICC.

"Present day bowlers are trying to bowl the doosra, which was invented by us. It doesn't necessarily mean they are bending their arms more than the permissible limit. Doosras can be bowled without bending the arms too much.

"The ICC has set a standard for bowlers and are using latest technology. Hair should stop challenging technology and better keep his mouth shut."

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