India’s director of cricket, Ravi Shastri, has announced that he supports the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) crackdown on illegal bowling actions.
Since June, six bowlers have been reported for suspicious bowling actions and as a result, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake and Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal have been banned.
“See, you have to take a strong stance,” he said. “And I think in this meeting of the technical committee, that strong stance was taken that let’s start nipping it in the bud.
“As it is, it should have been done early. Like you said, probably sleeping or probably being a little too relaxed. [It] could have been done two-three years earlier but better late than never, I would say. At least a strong message has gone now to one and all that if an umpire on the field feels there is a flex, if his naked eye can pick up a flex, [that] means in real testing it will be a lot. I think it’s good for the game whether you like it or not.”
Shastri also believes that all cricketing nations will benefit by the recent ICC revamp, in which the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia will get a larger share of the ICC’s profits.
“I think for the good of the game because if you look at the economics, and you have to live in the world of economics whether you like it or not, if the revenue stream is such where you get 80% revenue that comes from one country and then you expect the booty to be shared by say a country that hardly even contributes, it’s not fair,” he said. “You have to go with the flow. It means that you are not asking for the chunk in that ratio but you deserve more. And it was acknowledged by all the boards, so I think it’s a very sensible decision which will benefit each and every cricketing nation who is part of the executive board of the ICC. It will benefit everybody and you will see two years down the line, when you ask me the same questions, I won’t have to answer you. You will have the answer yourself.”