The tests conducted on Muttiah Muralitharan’s bowling action revealed that he was straightening his arm by 14 degrees while bowling the “doosra”, which is nine degrees more than is permissible for spinners under the guidelines of the International Cricket Council.
Nevertheless, the extremely independent review board don’t think he’s doing anything wrong:
The ICC regulation which details that spinners can only bend their elbow five degrees – as opposed to ten for pace bowlers – has also come under the spotlight. “Murali, who has been tested more than any other bowler in the history of the game – 1995, 1999 and now”
Might have something to do with chucking it more than any other bowler in the history of the game.
– possesses different physical characteristics which make him a unique bowler,”
Like being Sri Lankan.