Doosra is here to stay: Saqlain Mushtaq

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Doosra is here to stay: Saqlain Mushtaq

“Spinners need to master this delivery before they attempt it,” he said during an interview with the Khaleej Times.

By Liaqat Ali (reporter/ Chief Sub Editor)

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Published: Mon 27 Oct 2014, 4:05 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 7:12 PM

Dubai: The pioneer of ‘doosra’, Saqlain Mushtaq, is confident that the delivery will remain in an off spinner’s armoury as long it is mastered properly.

“Spinners need to master this delivery before they attempt it,” he said during an interview with the Khaleej Times.

The delivery that turns away from a right handed batsman is named ‘doosra’. The name was coined during Saqlain’s playing days when Moin Khan, then Pakistan wicket keeper’s and the Chief Selector, used to ask him to ball ‘doosra’ (the other one) from behind the stumps.

After a recent crackdown on bowlers flouting the International Cricket Council’s law on chucking, there were questions being raised in different quarters regarding legality of ‘doosra’.

Pakistan’s leading wicket taker in recent times, Saeed Ajmal, who is known to bowl ‘doosra’ with great success, was suspended for illegal deliveries. The off spinner then spent over a month with Saqlain to correct his bowling action, especially while bowling the ‘doosra’.

Saqlain, who is in Dubai on a coaching trip, refused to divulge any details about his remedial work with Ajmal at the National Cricket Academy at the Pakistan Cricket Board headquarters in Lahore.

Saqlain will be flying to England after his short coaching stint in Dubai.

“I don’t see any threat to ‘doosra’.

“We are living in the world of short-cuts and look for easy ways.

“It took me years to develop this delivery. I started with a table tennis ball at the rooftop of my house in Lahore.

“I shifted from table tennis ball to tennis ball and then to cricket ball gradually and was able to master the art of ‘doosra’,” he revealed.

“There are rumours that some the countries are planning to ban doosra and it shows lack of their players’ ability to learn the art. They might do it out of fear,” Saqlain reckons.

Saqlain is in big demand around the world to groom spinners. He has worked with the West Indies team as well as Bangladesh and New Zealand national sides. He was hired by Cricket Australia and the England Cricket Board also.

“It is an honour for me and for Pakistan that I have been part of different organisations to pass on my experience,” he said.

“The last few days were special for me because I was asked to do remedial work with Ajmal. I also worked with other players at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore, Pakistan.

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