Unhappy Sri Lankans report Broad to ICC

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The Sri Lankan board has reported match referee Chris Broad to the International Cricket Council for allegedly attending a party given by the touring Australian team.

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

"We have got in touch with the ICC," said the Sri Lanka Cricket chief, Mohan de Silva.

It was Broad who reported Sri Lankan offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan for a suspect bowling action after the three-match Test series against Australia.

Broad cited concerns over Muralitharan's "doosra" delivery - a ball that spins away from right-handed batsmen. The ICC then directed Muralitharan's action to be examined by motion specialists at the University of Western Australia.

They concluded that Muralitharan should be allowed to use his doosra until the completion of more biomechanical research into slow bowling.