The supreme governing body of cricket, the ICC is set to make some drastic changes for matters that concern the illegal bowling actions. The ICC now, will be able to gauge a bowler with an illegal action even for domestic tournaments.
For starters, that is an extremely positive move, as the degree of chucking will be reduced to a great extent. The only provision for that to happen is that the bowler playing in the certain domestic tournament will have to get his action analyzed at an ICC accredited bowling centre.
Initially, the time taken between a bowler being reported to the time his test results were available took 35 days. But now, with the new rules, the cycle will be done and dusted in just 24 days.
As a result of reducing the time for this cycle, the bowlers with illegal actions will be benefitted massively. Their action will be evaluated at the ICC accredited center quicker, which will mean that they will have more time to work on their new improved bowling action.
Due to the time being saved, the bowler, with the help of a coach or an analyst can make the needed changes in his action and can then get it reassessed sooner. The best consequence of this change made by the ICC is that the reported bowler might miss very few international games.
The issue of the crack down on suspect bowling actions grabbed the eyeballs when star Pakistani spinner Saeed Ajmal was reported in Sri Lanka. On evaluation, his action was found to be highly illegal, with the flex of the arm being at 42o, than the allowed flex of 15o.
Even Sri Lankan spinner Sachitra Senanayke was banned from bowling as his action was found to be illegal as well. Sunil Narine, while playing for KKR was reported twice in the 2014 Champions League T20.
Another startling development which emerged in the meeting was that the USA Cricket Association and Sri Lanka Cricket were allegedly not functioning as per the obligation and the guidelines of the ICC. This resulted in the ICC withdrawing its next financial boost to SLC. The main reason behind this decision was that in SLC, there was unnecessary government intervention.
The ICC also officially accepted the resignation of Mustafa Kamal and named no replacement. The next President will take over when the new tenure begins in July. A call on Najam Sethi’s appointment as the next president will be taken in the ICC meeting slated in June.
On the other hand, Peter Nicholson, a former United Nations and International Criminal Court investigator, has been chosen as the new ICC ethics officer.