Abu Dhabi:Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja and England batsman Geoff Boycott on Monday urged the game's governing body to legalise the controversial "doosra" delivery, which turns the opposite way to a conventional off-spinner.
"Why not legalise the art of doosra which gives an off-spinner a variation in an otherwise flat one-sided spin?" begged Raja, who is here as a commentator.
"I see Saeed Ajmal's action being questioned as unacceptable," he added in reference to the Pakistani being reported by the match officials of the second day-night international between Pakistan and Australia played in Dubai on Friday.
The 31-year-old Ajmal was reported for his "doosra" -- a delivery that is the equivalent to a leg-break bowler's googly. Doosra means "second" or "other one" in Urdu.
Pakistan's Saqlain Mushtaq, who starred for English county Surrey, was credited with developing the delivery in the late 1990s.
"It looks very similar to a normal off-break, but rather than spin towards the bat, it goes the other way like a leg-break and it adds to the repertoire of an off-spinner, so I see it as an art," said Raja.