SLC working on remedying Tharindu Kaushal's doosra

SLC working on remedying Tharindu Kaushal’s doosra

Tharindu Kaushal
Sri Lanka’s cricketer Tharindu Kaushal delivers the ball during a practice session. (Photo by Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is hopeful of getting Tharindu Kaushal’s doosra cleared, Simon Willis, team’s high-performance manager, revealed on Wednesday. Kaushal was reported for the suspect action in August 2015 after the third Test against India at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.

In the independent assessment, his off-break was cleared to bowl, but the doosra was not as nine out of the 18 doosra’s during the test were found to be illegal. He has added a new delivery into his armory – the top-spinner, which is the one turns away from the right-hander with additional bounce.

“Kaushal’s been working really hard over the last four weeks – since I’ve been there,” Willis said. “We’ve been working on a couple of little technical modifications that we hope can help him. We’re convinced that his off spinner and his top-spinner are in good shape. The only question is the doosra. Until we get that filmed – which actually we’re going to do a little this afternoon – and see where the doosra is at, it’s tough to tell.”

Willis said that the ‘Brain Centre’ that was launched at the SLC’s headquarters will have a huge impact on the future of Sri Lankan cricket. The centre is expected to provide video footage of domestic games, data on the domestic players and a statistical analysis to the national team.

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Recently, fast bowler Shaminda Eranga was suspended from bowling in international cricket by ICC after his bowling action found to be illegal.

“I believe this potentially is going to have a massive impact on Sri Lankan cricket for years to come. Aravinda de Silva, the cricket consultant, has backed this 100%, and a lot of time and investment is going in here,” he concluded.