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ICC keen to curb growing menace of illegal bowling actions

The issue of illegal bowling actions came to the fore recently when Sri Lankan off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake was reported for using an illegal action during the series against England. (Source: Reuters) The issue of illegal bowling actions came to the fore recently when Sri Lankan off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake was reported for using an illegal action during the series against England. (Source: Reuters)
Press Trust of India | Bangalore | Posted: June 6, 2014 3:39 pm | Updated: June 6, 2014 3:57 pm

Concerned about the growing menace of chucking, the ICC’s cricket committee feels the current methods to detect illegal bowling actions are not adequate and umpires should be more confident in reporting violators.

In a two-day meeting in Bangalore, the committee, headed by former India captain Anil Kumble, decided to check illegal bowling actions with more scrutiny.

“The committee discussed the issue of illegal bowling actions, and believed that there are a number of bowlers currently employing suspect actions in international cricket, and that the ICC’s reporting and testing procedures are not adequately scrutinizing these bowlers,” the ICC said in a statement.

“It recommended that changes be considered to encourage umpires and referees to identify suspect bowlers with greater confidence, to use the expertise of the biomechanists working in this area to assume a greater role during the assessment
process, and to allow for ongoing scrutiny of bowlers once they have been identified under the ICC procedures,” it added.

The ICC Cricket Committee makes recommendations on cricket playing issues to the Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) and, if it is a policy matter, the ICC Board for approval.

Both the CEC and the ICC Board are scheduled to meet during the ICC annual conference week in Melbourne from June22-28.
The ICC Cricket Committee comprises representatives of many stakeholder groups involved in the modern game, including
players, umpires and the media.

“Members of the committee were also updated on the project to increase the number of illegal action testing centres around the cricketing world, noting that Cardiff Metropolitan University was now accredited to conduct illegal action testing for the ICC, and that other facilities in
India, Australia, England and South Africa were likely to be accredited over coming months,” the ICC said.

Bowling action woes

The issue of illegal bowling actions came to the fore recently when Sri Lankan off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake was reported for using an illegal action during the series against England.

Bowlers with suspect actions are currently required to attend ICC-approved biomechanics laboratory tests to assess the amount of elbow extension (flex). In 2004, the ICC set a 15-degree limit on this extension.

“They (the committee) also received an update on the project to measure illegal actions in a match environment using wearable sensor technology,” the ICC stated.

“The second stage of the project has just concluded, with 70 players being tested by wearing the sensors at training
sessions during the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The results of the trials were very encouraging, with the final stage of the project expected to conclude in 2016,” it added.

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