New Delhi: Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh has hit out at former ICC umpirer Darrell hair for his remark "role models for chuckers" aimed at him, former Pak spinner Saqlain Mushtaq and Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan.
The ICC recently reported Pakistan's prolific spinner Saeed Ajmal for suspect action in August while West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine was reported during the recently held Champions League T20 tournament.
Hair was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper where he targeted former and contemporary Asian spinners.
"This is too much. Hair is crossing the limits and seems to have gone mad," the 35-year-old Indian off-spinner said reacting to Hair’s comments.
"We were always within the permissible limit. Murali and I were cleared by the ICC more than once. Why didn't Hair object to my bowling then?," Harbhajan, who was tested for his bowling action twice in 1999 and 2005 but cleared on both occasions, said. "Was it because he was afraid of losing his job as an ICC umpire? We are not son-in-laws of the ICC," Harbhajan added.
"Nowadays, a lot of spinners are trying to bowl doosra, which was invented by us. It doesn't necessarily mean they are bending the arm more than the limit. The doosras can be bowled without breaching the rule," the Punjab cricketer said.
"The ICC has set a standard for bowlers and are using latest technology. Hair should stop challenging technology and better keep his mouth shut," he further said.
The ICC crackdown on bowlers with suspect action has come 20 years too late, Hair said.
"I said it in the late '90s that if something wasn't done about it you'd have a generation of chuckers on your hands. They try to emulate Harbhajan Singh, Saqlain Mushtaq and Muralitharan and that's the problem," Hair told SMH.
Hair felt the world body has allowed "chuckers" to flourish.
"They (the ICC) had a chance in 1995 to clean things up and it's taken them 19 years to finally come back and say they want chuckers out of the game. I can't believe that Saeed Ajmal has been able to bowl as long as he has, and they say he is bending his arm by 45 degrees (the legal limit is 15 degrees) or something.
Hair had famously called Muttiah Muralitharan for alleged chucking during a Test in Melbourne in 1995.