The ICC’s crackdown on illegal bowling actions should have taken place a lot earlier, says Sir Vivian Richards

"With the next World Cup around the corner this is not the correct time to take such measures"

“With the next World Cup around the corner this is not the correct time to take such measures”

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Legendary West Indies batsman Sir Vivian Richards believes that the International Cricket Council (ICC) crackdown on illegal bowling actions should have come a lot earlier.

“In my opinion such action should have been taken some time ago and on a wider basis because these guys have been there for quite some time,” Richards said. “I am not sure because West Indies are touring India, there is going to be a World Cup next year, whether all this has something to do with it, I just believe the timing has to be good. With the next World Cup around the corner this is not the correct time to take such measures.”

Richards also noted that the West Indies will miss spinner Sunil Narine throughout their ongoing tour of India.

Narine was withdrawn from the tour after his bowling action was reported twice during the recently concluded Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20). As a result, he was banned from bowling in the final of the tournament and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) subsequently decided to bring him home and get his action assessed.

“Sunil Narine is a mystery man like Murali [Muttiah Muralitharan], it’s going to hurt West Indies cricket more than any other team,” Richards said.

When asked how the West Indies will fare in the 2015 World Cup, Richards said: “West Indies have a magnificent team and I think if they can gel well they can accomplish victory. They are a multi-talented team when you look at the Bravos, the Andre Russells, the Pollards. We can beat anyone on any given day and if we do that we will be pretty much in the picture.”

Richards is currently with the West Indies A team in Sri Lanka as a technical director and believes that some players already have more than enough talent to represent their country in Test matches.

“We hope that when we [West Indies A] leave here [Sri Lanka] we have some exciting players who would do justice to West Indies cricket in the future,” he said. “The challenge for the future is for the present individuals to try and emulate how well West Indies did in the past. It’s a huge task but you should never ever say ‘never’ because all things are possible.”

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