ICC review on illegal bowling gathers pace

Published: Friday, October 22, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Faisalabad:The International Cricket Council (ICC) said its "comprehensive review" of illegal bowling will begin next week in Dubai with a high-profile committee meeting involving former players.

Sri Lanka's Aravinda de Silva, England's Angus Fraser and Tony Lewis, West Indian Michael Holding and Australian Tim May will discuss the issue with ICC general manager David Richardson and a panel of human movement specialists.

The meeting is the first for the committee, which is charged with reviewing the ICC's system for dealing with potentially flawed bowling actions, the ICC said in a statement received here during the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

"This is the first stage of a comprehensive review of bowling actions," the statement said on Friday.

The Dubai meeting will study a report on bowlers from last month's ICC Champions Trophy tournament as well as the findings of biomedical experts who have investigated previous suspect actions.

The statement said the committee would make recommendations on any required changes, which would be submitted to a November meeting of the full ICC cricket committee, of which Fraser, de Silva and May are also members.

The cricket committee, which is chaired by former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar, will make the final recommendations on any changes to the ICC chief executives committee.

Throwing or 'chucking', which is illegal in bowling, has been a persistent problem for the ICC, with the ruling body's handling of the issue often a cause of controversy.

The current review is part of its determination to define a strict set of rules on the issue.

Sri Lanka's magical off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan's action has come under the closest scrutiny in recent years.

He was no-balled for throwing during games in Australia, but was finally cleared after it was scientifically proved he had a congenital deformity in his bowling arm.

Pakistan's express pacer Shoaib Akhtar, reported three times for a suspect action, was cleared on the same grounds.

"I would blame the ICC over the issue, it' chucking or it's not chucking," former Pakistan paceman Waqar Younis said last week, reflecting discontent among players over the confusion.

Pakistani off-spinner Shoaib Malik became the latest to be forced to undergo chucking corrective measures after he was reported last week.

Current rules allow spinners to bend their arms five degrees while delivering -- half that allowed for fast bowlers.

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