Murali's 'new ball' draws ICC attention on throwing
By Chris Martin-Jenkins
Dave Richardson, the ICC's director of cricket operations, kept the throwing
issue on the boil on Thursday when he announced that there is to be a year
of extensive research into the actions of spin bowlers.
Speaking on Sky TV during the first day of the final Test in Colombo,
Richardson implied that Muttiah Muralitharan may not be allowed to continue
bowling his new and more vigorously spun leg break if it is found that he
straightens his arm beyond the five-degree tolerance level allowed to spin
"It will be similar to the kind of research we have done with fast bowlers
and then we'll be in a better position to advise umpires," Richardson said.
"The starting point is always, does that action look suspect with the ***
eye or when viewed at normal speed? When you're dealing with the *** eye,
you can't deal with degrees of straightening - you have to deal with: 'Does
it look like he bends his arm and straightens it from the horizontal to when
he lets it go?'
"Research on fast bowlers showed that with 99 percent, if not all of them,
there is an element of straightening that takes place in the action. That
was why we felt a need to introduce 'levels of tolerance', but they only
come into play when you start to scientifically analyse a player's action.
The umpire just relies on what he sees." Richardson added that it was
possible that Muralitharan or Shoaib Akhtar could be reported again if an
umpire was not satisfied.
"Muralitharan went before a bowling review group and they decided, on the
evidence that was available at that stage, that they couldn't tell whether
he was straightening his arm to any degree or not, so he was cleared for
that purpose. But that's not to say that he's cleared for ever and the day,"
"What we're saying is that his action up until that point, or the action in
that match in which he was reported, was OK. The bowler is only as good as
his last delivery.
"What we are going to say to umpires is if you suspect that there might be
something wrong, report him and we'll take the procedure from there.
Then we'll bring in the scientist, the bowler will have his action analysed
and, if there is a problem, he'll be sent for rehabilitation. If there isn't
a problem, he continues.
We're saying to umpires, if you notice something and with your experience
you think it's suspect, then you have to report it."
- The Times, London.
So as I have always said, this stupid myth about the umpires being asked NOT
to call/report Murali was pure & utter ***y buillshit. Will those who
perpetuated this rubbish on rsc now like to apologise??
We'll wait with anticipation.....................