Bad news for West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford. The sub-division off the ICC deputed to look into the suspect bowling action of the tweaker has determined that he has been bowling with an illegal action. As a result, he has been officially barred from bowling in international cricket fixtures. The tests were conducted at Perth before the results were placed before the ICC.
The analysis of Shillingford's bowling action revealed that his mean elbow extention was 17 degrees, while cricketing law stipulates no more than 15 degrees is permissable.
The only option open to Shillingford now is to apply for re-assessment after he undergoes remedial action. If he wants to appeal against the decision, he has to send in a written notification within two weeks of receiving the report.
Shillingford had been reported for a suspect action after the first Test in Sri Lanka in November by on-field umpires Steve Davis and Richard Kettleborough. The umpires' report cited concern over the straightening of Shillingford's arm while he bowled some balls.
The bowler was not particularly impressive over the series. He played in two of the three matches, pickingf up 5 wickets at a poor average of 55.00 and a best of 4/123.
Another off-spinner to be cited for an illicit bowling action was Sri Lankan veteran Muttiah Muralitharan who has been reported by umpires for
the same thrice in his career. But bio-mechanical testing led the ICC to clear him of the charge and permit him to continue bowling.
Bio-mechanical testing concluded that the suspicion over his action was due to an illusion created by his allegedly unique ability to generate extra movement both at the shoulder as well the wrist without straightening the elbow.