A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: ICC developing technology to assess bowling actions during matches

The new technology will immediately alert the ICC whether a bowler’s action is illegal

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that they are working on developing technology that will allow them to assess whether bowlers’ actions are legal or not during net sessions and matches as well.

According to an ICC press release, it has begun a second phase of agreements with Australian cricket, sports science and sports engineering institutions in order to develop the technology as soon as possible.

The developing process will include devices known as ‘inertial sensors’, which is similar to some of the technology used in iPads, mobile phones and car crash impact detection systems.

The ICC stated that they wanted the technology to be cost effective and wearable on the bowler’s arm during practice and matches without causing any discomfort.

The ICC’s chief executive Dave Richardson stated that the technology will be a huge benefit for the future.

“The ICC is keen to see this technology implemented in elite cricket and believe it will be a significant stride forward in detecting illegal bowling actions in match conditions. We would also like to see the technology used in training environments as a tool to help bowlers correct their flawed bowling action. We are encouraged by the progress made so far by the Australian research team and also acknowledge the MCC, who have made a significant financial contribution to the project,” Richardson said.

As of right now, bowlers who are suspected of having an illegal action, will be required to attend the ICC-approved biomechanics laboratory tests, which assesses the amount of elbow extension, or flex, in their bowling action.

In November 2004, the ICC set a 15 degree limit on the elbow extension in order for it to be classified as a legal delivery.

The project is being supervised by Dr Marc Portus of Praxis Sport Science, who are an Australian-based sports science consultancy company.

The second phase of the technology is concerned with the measurement methods and precision against the current laboratory protocols, and according to the ICC, this phase will be completed by late 2013.

In 2014, the third phase will begin, which will be centred upon making the technology as comfortable as possible for the players.

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