The ICC’s crackdown on illegal bowling actions has come too late, says John Davison

"There's going to be a generation of cricketers in the subcontinent who are going to struggle to bowl with a legal action"

“There’s going to be a generation of cricketers in the subcontinent who are going to struggle to bowl with a legal action”

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Cricket Australia spin coach John Davison believes that the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) crackdown on illegal bowling actions has come too late.

Davison also noted that many children who idolise and emulate bowlers like Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal, who was recently banned from bowling, may now be at risk of developing an illegal action as well.

“I was in Sri Lanka a couple of months ago and 90 per cent of the bowlers over there bowl spin,” Davison told The Age. “I reckon 90 per cent of kids coming through would have what I would call an illegal action.

“There’s going to be a generation of cricketers in the subcontinent who are going to struggle to bowl with a legal action. These kids have grown up copying their heroes and now it’s going to come back to haunt them.

“You look at most international spinners going around at the moment and the majority are definitely what you would call suspect, and kids copy what international guys are doing.”

However, Davison doesn’t expect this to be a big problem in Australia since most spinners are encouraged to focus on orthodox deliveries rather than special ones like the doosra.

“It’s something the ICC probably let go on for too long, but I suppose it’s good in terms of the stance we took, not that we wouldn’t coach it, but we wouldn’t try to turn traditional bowlers into doosra bowlers,” he said. “It would have been much better [globally] if there had been a stance 20 years ago.”

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