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Jan 22, 2009 at 05:54pm IST

The curious case of Mohnish Parmar

Ahmedabad: While India would have liked someone like Muttiah Muralitharan to call their own, here's this curious case of one of India's most prolific wicket-takers in the domestic cricket who's career seems to have reached a dead end — the reason being his bowling action that is uncannily similar to Murali's.

While some revolutionary bio-mechanical tests cleared Murali's questionable action, Parmar seems to have run into deep trouble as he has been ruled out of the Duleep Trophy.

"I was shocked when I heard the news after our selector called up," says Gujarat Cricket Association head coach Ashok Patel. "I never thought something like this would happen."

"His performances in domestic cricket make him the No. 2 off-spinner in India after Harbhajan Singh," says Bimal Jadeja, Parmar's coach. "The news came as a shock to me, but I'm confident he would be cleared."

With his doosra, Parmar has foxed his opponents, as he ended this season with 52 wickets from 11 first-class games. But now the BCCI has asked him to undergo a rehabilitation programme at the National Cricket Academy to rectify his action. Though Parmar couldn't be contacted, this is what the 20-year-old told CNN-IBN when we first met him a year ago.

"The way Murali is performing makes me want to do even better," he said. "It's a great feeling when I'm likened to someone like Muralitharan and called India's Murali."

What's baffling is how the BCCI bungled over the past 18 months by letting Parmar play in domestic cricket, only to stop him now, based on a bio-mechanical report from Australia.

(With Bureau inputs)

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