Bangladesh Cricket Board’s bowling action review committee have decided to assess the suspected bowling actions of at least 13 bowlers after they were reported during this season’s Dhaka Premier League. Head of the committee, Jalal Yunus, revealed that they are also planning to appoint an expert from Cardiff Metropolitan University, which is one of ICC’s accredited testing centres for suspect bowling actions.
The committee was formed during last Sunday’s board meeting. Three months after Bangladesh Cricket Board’s president Nazmul Hassan ensured they will completely eradicate illegal bowling actions from domestic cricket following the suspensions of Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny, during the World T20 in March.
In the first week of the Dhaka Premier League, six bowlers were reported by the umpires – Naeem Islam Jnr, Faisal Hossain, Moinul Islam, Rejaul Karim, Amit Kumar, and offspinner Mustafizur Rahman, who was reported twice. Reports are saying these bowlers along with several others, will be tested next month, after the Eid vacations.
“We have a meeting on Tuesday to decide the committee’s modus operandi,” Yunus said. “At least 13 to 14 bowlers have been reported during this Dhaka Premier League. We will start working with them after Eid. We will assess their bowling actions in the nets. Omar Khaled was a former spinner and Dipu Roy Chowdhury and Golam Faruk are former pace bowlers who will work according to their areas. If we find deviation in their bowling through the naked eye and cameras, we will have to rectify them.
“Afterwards, if we see the correction is consistent, they can play in next year’s league. If they are reported again, they will be banned for a year. We will work with bowlers in the NCL, BCL, BPL, the Dhaka Premier League, Dhaka First Division and Second Division and age-group.”
Yunus also claimed they are regularly in touch with ICC for any kind of technological assistance and have also have reached for the Cardiff centre to guide the committee, which will also invite local bowling coaches to see out the process.
“We are not experienced at reviewing a bowling action, so we will bring an outside expert. We will need a dedicated space because this process also requires technological assistance. We have a long gap now and we are now well-equipped to tackle this issue.
“Building a lab within ICC’s protocol is going to be very expensive. We want to start with minimum costs. We have written to the ICC for technical assistance. We are also hoping to bring experts from Cardiff on a temporary basis,” he said.
Meanwhile, the second bowing action tests of Sunny and Taskin will be done before Bangladesh’s international campaign starts in October, against England at home. Yunus said that the actions of both bowlers were videotaped during the DPL, and will now have to be assessed by the Bangladesh’s coaching staff.
“Arafat Sunny and Taskin Ahmed are not within our jurisdiction. The national team’s management is working with them. Their rehab is ongoing,” Yunus said. “Their videos from the Dhaka Premier League will be assessed soon, and if it is satisfactory and we are fully confirmed, they will go for a second bowling action test and it will be before the next international assignment.”