wrong with ICC?
Why was'nt the tolerance level
increased to 15 degrees?
By Marlon Fernandopulle
As Sri Lanka Cricket stepped up the pressure on the ICC over the
Muralitharan "doosra" it has been revealed that ICC's
high powered General Manager for Cricket David Richardson had made
a strong recommendation through its Cricket Committee -management
last year to the ICC to amend the levels of tolerance to 15 degrees
for all bowlers. However, strangely this crucial recommendations
by the ICC Cricket Committee - management never saw the light of
four page confidential report titled Illegal bowling actions -Review
of procedure has been prepared by David Richardson in August last
year following discussions with two human movement scientists Marc
Portus (Australia) and Dr. Paul Hurrion (UK), both of whom according
to Richardson have extensive knowledge and specific experience in
the subject of illegal bowling actions.
Richardson in his report says that improvements in TV technology
are now showing up the bowlers to a greater degree. For this reason,
the naked eye should remain the starting point for any review of
a suspect action.
is therefore important that the levels of tolerance be adjusted
to as far as possible to coincide with the point at which a bowlers
action will begin to appear suspect. In this regard, pending future
research on slow bowlers it is recommended that the level of tolerance
be increased to 15 degrees for all types of bowlers.
ICC document which is now in The Sunday Times custody reads as (
Para 4.4) The levels of tolerance, pending the outcome of the above
research on spinners, as contained in the standard ICC analysis
protocols be amended to 15 degrees for all bowlers
ICC General Manager concludes the report with the recommendations
that the ICC management be authorized to arrange research on the
bowling actions of spin bowlers; and the levels of tolerance, pending
the outcome of the above research on spinners, as contained in the
ICC analysis protocols be amended to 15 degrees for all bowlers.
While the research on the bowling actions of spinners has been arranged
by the ICC during the forthcoming Champions Trophy in England, nothing
has been done with regard to the raising of the tolerance levels.
question that begs to be asked is how and why did this recommendation
by the ICC General Manager David Richardson through its Cricket
Committee- Management to the ICC get swept under the carpet?
ICC Cricket committee -management is one of ICC's two cricket committees.
It is composed of the Chief Executives of the ICC's 10 full member
countries together with three representatives from Associate member
countries. Its role is to deal with operational and management matters
relating to the administration and operation of the game of cricket.
It has decision making powers on certain issues relating to the
business of cricket and on other issues provides recommendations
to the ICC Board. ICC's human movement specialist Professor Bruce
Elliot, Australian scientist Marc Portus, bowling advisor internationally
acclaimed bowling Daryl Foster and now the ICC General Manager David
Richardson have all echoed in one voice and urged the ICC to raise
the current tolerance levels. What more instructions or evidence
is the ICC waiting for!
is singing for his supper
Sri Lanka Cricket President Mohan de Silva has welcomed Muralitharan’s
move to sue former Indian captain Bishan Singh Bedi for making adverse
comments on the bowler. "We all know that Bedi is singing for
his supper and I feel Muralitharan is correct in taking legal action
against him", De Silva told a media briefing earlier this week.