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| ICC: South African Botha's doosra illegal|
| Updated at: 1051 PST, Wednesday, May 13, 2009|
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.