Thus far his book has been marred with controversial claims and name calling. Initially Accusing Sachin Tendulkar of unsportsmanlike conduct and being dishonest and now calling Murali a Chucker. What better way to sell a book than to call Test Cricket's highest wicket taker - Pariah to all oblivious Aussies - muttiah muralitharan a chucker? The direct excerpts of his book and Gilchrist's statements show that he has not an iota of knowledge behind the tests which cleared Murali or the subject.
Understanding Murali's action - Sky News
Cricinfo quoted Gilchrist as saying "the argument that Murali's suspect action was an optical illusion was legally correct, it was a direct attack to the spirit of the game". It is evidently OK to disregard scientific evidence and fact to defame another sportsman to sell your own book, all that apparently is well within the spirit of the game.
Muralitharan's action not clean - Gilchrist
Gilly goes on to fuel more conspiracy theories in his autobiography ironically titled True Colours by claiming that Murali - a cricketer from a poor third world Island nation - " seemed to enjoy a kind of political protection." I don't blame Gilchrist for mistaking Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans for India. The all powerful Indian board may seem to get it's way in today's cricketing world but Murali was in no means cleared by asian authorities nor was he cleared due to any political influence.
Ian Chappel's view on Murali's action
If you read my post titled Muttiah Murali Muralitharan | Debunking The Urban Legend you will know that the the suggestions to amend the chucking laws came from non other than the scientist from the University of Western Australia and a six man panel which included the likes of Tim May (AUS) and Micheal Holding (WI). The rule change was also authorised by the MCC.
ICC defends 'chucking' procedures
Gilchrist called the rule change "horse crap" and said the situation had reached an absurd point where the laws were changed to accommodate Murali. "When I heard that the rules would now allow degree of straightening - 15 degrees to be exact, a fraction more than Murali's straightening had been measured at - I thought 'That's a load of horse crap. That's rubbish." - Cricinfo
What Adam clearly does not seem to know is that 15 degrees is the point that the human eye can detect any flexation or jerk in the bowling action. One does not expect athletes to know much about science or dwell deeply into facts. Therefore it doesn't surprise me to hear Gilchrit's opinion on Murali's action. It however would make for one hell of a defamation case in a court of law considering Murali has the game's governing body, prominent Australian bio-mechanist and the MCC on his side. For too long has Murali remained quiet when others have utilised him as a pawn to gain media attention and for commercial gain.