Anil Kumble Is Impressed With ICC’s Steps For Bowlers With Suspected Actions
By CricShots - Oct 12, 2018 3:16 pm
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On Thursday, former India skipper Anil Kumble showered praises for the International Cricket Council (ICC) for its crackdown on bowlers with suspect action. The spin legend, who has 619 wickets to his name in Test cricket and is the third highest wicket-taker in the longest format, reckons that the ICC’s approach has hugely helped bring down the number of instances in which bowlers were suspected for user actions that were against the law of the game.

Anil Kumble

Until a couple of months ago, the ICC face severe criticism from fans and players. It was argued that the international board isn’t worried about the bowlers with a suspect action, and felt that it was not just towards many others. Kumble, speaking at an event organized by his technology startup Spektacom Technologies, Microsoft Corporation, and official broadcaster Star India, praised the ICC.

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Talking about it further, Kumble said, “A fair bit (has been done) from the ICC perspective in terms of looking at the suspected actions and making sure that the world cricket gets rid of that. Over the last two years, you don’t hear too many issues (about suspect bowling action) coming up. I think overall ICC has done a great job in controlling that (issue).”

Sunil Narine has been convicted for a suspected action

An Illegal Bowling Action is when a player throws the ball rather than bowling it and when the player’s elbow extends at an angle of more than 15 degrees. Over the years, various players have been called in in respect to this. Often the bowler is given a chance to modify his action but when he has been called on more than one occasion, a ban can be imposed.

Sachithra Senanayake, Saeed Ajmal, Shane Shillingford, Marlon Samuels, Abdur Razzaq, Johan Botha, Shoaib Akhtar, and many others have, in the past, have been banned by the ICC for bowling with an illegal action.