The clamp down on bowling action shows no sign of relenting after Mohammad Hafeez and Prenelan Subrayen were both reported in the weekend’s latest round of Champions League T20 matches.
Hafeez, of Lahore Lions, along with Dolphins’ Subrayen, was noticed by the umpires during the match between the two sides, which the former won by 16 runs.
Both men – who bowled their full quotas of overs - can continue to play for their respective sides while the inquest continues, though for Subrayen, that will not be in the Champions League, as the defeat sent the Dolphins tumbling out.
Hafeez took 2-18 to help the Lions on their way, but even if he continues to play for them, he will have to be far more wary of his action, with his name being placed on a warning list’.
The Lions’ are unsurprisingly under scrutiny, following Adnan Rasool being reported earlier on in the tournament.
Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal recently became the most high-profile star to be suspended amidst the crackdown, which many within the International Cricket Council (ICC) feel is long overdue.
The practice of ‘chucking’ is sufficiently widespread to make it one of the longest-running – and most heated – debates in the game.
However, controversy reigns over whether reporting should be up to the umpires, or whether all ICC-verified bowlers should have their action looked into.
Indeed, it has also led to accusations of an uneven crackdown – no player from the ‘Big Three’ – that is, India, England, or Australia, have been pulled up.
Technology on the horizon
Despite talk of new technology that can be worn on the sleeve in order to measure the angle more accurately, at present there is no set date for it to be introduced.
The scope for interpretation of the rules has also been criticised, but Ajmal’s case is at least clear, as he was found to have exceeded the 15 degrees allowed by almost three times.
On the other hand, the ICC’s current methods of testing could certainly be improved upon by a wearable technology.
It is almost impossible to reproduce a match-type situation in lab tests, in which players can also adapt their style of play.
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