In light of the recent crackdown on actions and the situations surrounding Narine, Ajmal and Senanayake one wonders if the days of magical offys are set to be a thing of the past? bar Swann has there really been many conventional off-spinners who have captivated the audience and had the ability to light up the game?
That's why in a way the Narine test results could be a watershed moment for the art..if he is indeed deemed to be a "chucker" then the days of the true "mystery spinners" could well be over.
Even now when i look at the young prospects coming up in Caribbean cricket i find myself looking more at leggies now..it just seems like the life of an off-spinner is such a tight rope to walk. If you're "plain Jane" then how far can you go at international level unless you have a God-like ability to flight the ball like Swann did? and even he was mostly effective against lefties.
Ramiz Raja said in a recent interview that there needs to be room in the game from "mystery" spinners like Narine and Ajmal otherwise the game is too easy for batsmen...does anyone agree? lets say for example that Narine and Ajmal bowled at 18 degrees..would that really be a terrible mark on the game considering the entertainment value they bring to the sport?