Melbourne: The GM (Cricket) of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Geoff Allardice has admitted that enough scrutiny hasn’t been done to curb chucking, although there are “enough bowlers with suspect action” playing competitive cricket.
The concerns over illegal bowling action was discussed at the ICC Annual Conference today, where the report of the Cricket Committee meeting held in Bangalore recently, was tabled.
“The message out of the cricket committee was there’s enough bowlers with suspect actions that should be scrutinised, that probably haven’t been,” Allardice told the reporters here today.
“By scrutinised, it just means they’re being tested whenever there’s concerns raised. At this stage, it’s been pretty quiet for a couple of years. The cricket committee was of the view there are some bowlers operating with suspect actions that should be scrutinised a bit more closely,” ICC’s GM (Cricket) added.
The ICC allows a ‘flex limit’ of 15 degrees’ bend to the bowling arm — a relaxation that has always been under scanner.
Allardice assured that the recommendations in this regard by the Cricket Committee will be put forward to the ICC chief executives’ committee meeting in October.
“Also whether it’s possible to get a panel of experts involved, who are able to detect from looking at footage what is elbow extension and what isn’t,” Allardice said.
“Hopes for in-game testing of suspect actions were still some way off,” he clarified.
The ICC chief executives’ committee met today and Allardice said they looked at the yet-to-be finalised Future
Tours Programme (FTP), which will run until 2023. The GM said that the schedule would achieve an even mix between Test and limited-overs formats of the game.
“The previous FTPs were done when Twenty20 cricket was in its infancy. Balancing those three formats has been a bit of a challenge,” he admitted.