Spinners to come under scrutiny in Champions Trophy

Published: Monday, May 17, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The world's leading spinners would come under scrutiny at the Champions Trophy in England this year with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announcing an "open-minded" research into their bowling actions during the 12-nation event.

Announcing the launch of the fourth edition of the 'mini World Cup', ICC president Ehsan Mani on Monday said that the biennial tournament would serve as the right platform for conducting the research.

"There are some technical requirements for doing a research. With all the teams in one country it will give us an ideal opportunity to do the same," Mani said in a teleconference.

"A lot of research has been done on fast bowlers but not on spinners. This study will increase our level of knowledge and help in greater understanding of spin bowling."

The announcement comes close on the heels of Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan being asked not to bowl the controversial 'doosra'.

But ICC general manager Dave Richardson said "no individual or individual action" will be targeted by the research.

"It has been found that most bowlers, not just spinners, straighten their arm.

"It is an open minded research and not targeted at any individual or individual action. Even someone like Shane Warne with an orthodox action will be studied," he said.

The outcome of the research, to be done by Paul Hurrion, will be forwarded to the newly appointed sub-committee that will look into the spin bowling.

The trial of technologies involve the use of an ear-piece device connected to the stump microphones to enable a three-way communication between on-field umpires and the third umpire.

And no-balls of the foot will be called by the TV umpire who will be aided by a side-on camera that will continuously generate pictures from a fixed angle.

"This will help the field umpire concentrate at the batsman's end and relieve him from looking up and down," Mani said.

The two technologies have been tried out in the South African domestic championships this year and would also be applied in the tri-series involving India, Pakistan and Australia in Holland prior to Champions Trophy.

The ICC has decided to do away with the idea of referring leg before decisions to the TV umpire, as was the case during the previous edition in Sri Lanka.

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