ICC searching for better ways to check for illegal bowling actions

Sri Lanka spinner Sachithra Senanayake was recently reported for having an illegal bowling action

Sri Lanka spinner Sachithra Senanayake was recently reported for having an illegal bowling action

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) are searching for better ways to check whether bowlers have illegal bowling actions.

The decision comes after the ICC’s cricket committee met on June 3 and 4 in Bangalore.

“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 scrutinising these bowlers,” the ICC said via a press release. “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.”

The first step the ICC have taken to curb the problem is to open more illegal-action testing centres around the world.

“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 release said.

The ICC also noted that they are developing wearable sensor technology, which was tested on 70 players during the Under-19 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year.

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

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