18 Apr 2004 20:36:58
John Jetson
Blaming the messenger


Sri Lanka's Broad complaint

Sri Lanka has asked the International Cricket Council to
investigate the conduct of match referee Chris Broad after he reported
Muttiah Muralitharan for a suspect bowling action.

Sri Lanka Cricket chairman Mohan de Silva told AFP that he
wasn't satisfied that Broad had fulfilled his duties during the recent Test
series against Australia.

"We have brought to the notice of the ICC about his general
conduct," de Silva said.

"It is not a formal protest or a complaint, but a letter to keep
the ICC informed as part of our responsibility."

Sri Lankan officials had already raised concerns that Broad had
acted without consulting the umpires on what he saw as a suspect action
during Muralitharan's doosra delivery.

De Silva confirmed officials had reviewed results from
Australian biomechanical experts who tested Muralitharan and believed the
bowler would be cleared. A report had been sent to the ICC.

De Silva also voiced his concern about the handling of an
incident involving Justin Langer after the Australian was let off with a
warning after being knocking the bails off while fielding in the final Test
in Colombo.

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