The chucking controversy April 18, 2004

Sri Lanka express concerns over Broad

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Chris Broad: reported Murali to the ICC © Getty Images

Sri Lankan cricket authorities have confirmed that they have written to the ICC expressing concern over the conduct of Chris Broad, the match referee for the recent series against Australia.

According to the state-run Sunday Observer, Broad was allegedly found "boozing with Australian cricketers during the February-March series, which Sri Lanka Cricket claimed is gross misconduct in breach of the ICC rules".

Broad, the former England opener, was in charge for the series and reported Muttiah Muralitharan's action to the ICC, claiming that it was suspect.

Mohan de Silva, the board president, insisted that the letter was an informal way of making the ICC aware of its feelings on the matter. "We have brought to the notice of the ICC his [Broad's] general conduct," de Silva said on Sunday. "It is not a formal protest or a complaint, but a letter to keep the ICC informed. We feel it is part of our responsibility."

Meanwhile, Bruce Elliott's biomechanics team at the University of Western Australia has concluded that Muralitharan should be allowed to continue using his doosra until the completion of further biomechanical research into slow bowling.