Saqlain Mushtaq wants ICC to review 15-degree elbow rule for bowlers


Former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq wants the International Cricket Council (ICC) to review its current 15-degree arm/elbow extension regulation for bowlers.

Saqlain, who’s presently head coach on the Pakistan Cricket Board’s High Performance Centre in Lahore, mentioned the regulation is discouraging children from taking on the artwork of off-spin bowling.

“I would love to understand how the ICC consultants reached this conclusion of permitting solely 15-degrees latitude to bowlers. Did they do analysis on Asian gamers, Caribbean gamers, others as a result of everyone seems to be completely different.

“Asian players’ bodies are different, they tend to have more flexibility in their arms and some have hyper mobile joints. If you look at Caribbean or English players their bodies are different,” Saqlain mentioned in an interview.

He famous that even carry angle, that means flexibility in arms whereas in standing posture, is completely different in Asian gamers.

“I think the ICC should review this law because the 15-degrees latitude is too little. It is discouraging players from the art of off-spin bowling.”

“I personally believe that one can bowl off-breaks, doosra and top spin even within the law but since it came out I have seen players who used to bowl off-spin now becoming leg-spinners or wrist spinners,” he mentioned.

Saqlain, who ended an illustrious profession with 208 Test and 288 ODI wickets and made the Doosra ball well-known, believed {that a} off-spinner may also be profitable in white ball codecs if he has an excellent set of expertise and it’s not crucial to give you the chance to bowl the doosra to be efficient.

Saqlain additionally felt that groups weren’t counting on specialist off-break bowlers in white ball codecs due to an growing development of utilizing wrist spinners.

“It is an ongoing trend in white ball formats that teams want to have maximum wrist spinners like India has Chahal and Yadav, Australia has Adam Zampa and Stephenson, England has Adil Rashid etc… And this is discouraging players from taking up the art of off-spin bowling.”

He famous that it was solely in Test cricket primarily that some nations nonetheless employed specialist off-spinners efficiently like Nathan Lyon was an everyday for Australia and R Ashwin for India whereas Moeen Ali has accomplished his bit for England.

Saqlain, 44, who has labored as spin guide/coach with completely different groups together with England, West Indies, New Zealand urged nations to have budgets to have common everlasting spin coaches with their groups.

“Their is also a need to have permanent spin coaches at domestic level and the junior levels.”

Saqlain had little question that spinners would have a significant function to play within the upcoming World T20 Cup in UAE and Oman supplied the circumstances remained dry.

“Role of spinners within the subcontinent and UAE is all the time very important however there isn’t a dew issue as a result of loads of matches are held underneath lights.

“If there is no dew factor they will dominate in dry conditions but to do this they must be class bowlers with a very good set of skills. It is all about bowlers who try to get away with just bowling economically and those who try to take wickets as well.”

Saqlain mentioned {that a} spin bowler loses his chunk, drifts in dew circumstances and it turns into troublesome to additionally grip the ball.

To a query, he had little question that India’s surgence in world cricket was due to the variety of A workforce excursions they organized for their fringe gamers within the final 10-years.

“Pakistan cricket has suffered a lot because of no international cricket at home but India has done the right thing by investing on its under-19 and A team tours. I remember I was working in England for like four summers and once in Australia and every year I saw some Indian team touring those countries.”


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