Off-late there have been several cases of bowlers who were reported for suspected action. Recently, Kane Williamson was reported for action during his bowling against West Indies. A month earlier, Sri Lankan spinner Sachitra Senanayake was reported too.
Keeping in mind of these occasions, ICC has arrived to a decision and they have encouraged umpires and referees for identifying the bowlers who bowl with illegal or suspected action.
During its Annual Conference Week in Melbourne, the ICC stated, “The ICC Board noted with concern the number of bowlers with suspect illegal bowling actions currently playing cricket and noted the recommendations of the ICC Cricket Committee and the Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) to revise processes to encourage umpires and referees to identify suspect bowlers with greater confidence.”
In addition to that, ICC urged the umpires to be stricter on that matter and also asked the umpires and referees to use the best of Bio-Mechanices working in this particular area so that they can play a greater and better role in this matter. Also the ICC pointed that international venues must set their boundary dimensions to maximum possible limits. This will help in maintaining a balance between bat and ball.
Also, it is to be noted that there has been a few changes made with respect to playing conditions and those will take effect from the 1st of October. Among these, there is a notable change which is if a bowler has spent out of the field in a Test, he will be allowed to resume bowling after he spends the same period of time for which he was out of the field or after he has spent 30 overs in the field, whichever occurs first.
Also, there has been a change made related to the Twenty20 Internationals. A T20 innings should last for 85 minutes. Previously, the regulation was 80 minutes.