World Cup 2015 is less than 2 months away and for some of the cricketers it came at a wrong time with several bowlers (specially) spin wizards from different teams are either banned or flagged for illegal bowling actions. ICC went into full clampdown on bowlers with suspected or illegal actions and they have banned several names in 2014. We take a look at some of the bowlers who are certain to miss 2015 world cup due to being reported by ICC, but first we take a look at what are the rules regarding bowling actions.
Bowling Action Rules In Cricket:
The major concern is and always has been is how much the bowler can bend their arms at max and looking at some of the rules from ICC the max allowed is 15 degrees. If a bowler is suspected to be bending more than that they are reported and banned immediately from bowling until they get a clearance from ICC.
Back in the days when the rules were not so clear the umpires would directly called players from chucking by labeling a certain ball as “No-Ball” and that bowler won’t be part of bowling after that. The first famous incident happenend in modern day cricket back in 1995 when Darrell Hair called a Mutthaiah Muralitharan bowl as No Ball for chucking. Although Murli got cleared in the same year because of exception of medical rule.
Here are some of the top players who were banned for illegal action in 2014.
Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan)
The most high profile case was of Saeed Ajmal who is well and truly ace bowler of pakistan but he was banned from bowling by ICC back in september 2014 and he has since been working on his action but is sure to miss out on coveted 2015 world cup. (according to reports he is confirmed to miss 2015 world cup)
Sunil Narine (West Indies)
Another high profile case is of Sunil Narine who just like Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal is the premier bowler for his national team. He was banned during Champions League trophy and unlike others he was reported twice in two games. He is named in the provisional 30 man squad for West Indies.
Sachitra Senanayake (Sri Lanka)
The first bowler to get a red flag in 2014 was sri lankan spinner Sachitra Seanayake who was reported in July 2014, but managed to turn things around in december having worked on his action which is more of a side-on helping him to reduce the elbow bend staying in limit of 15 degree. He is named in the provisional Sri Lanka squad for 2015 world cup.
Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
Kane Williamson was reported in a test match against West Indies in June 2014 and was banned from bowling by ICC, he is till serving his ban and its unlikely he will be bowling in 2015 world cup.
Couple of others lesser known cricketers who were banned by ICC in 2014 are following.
Prosper Utseya (Zimbabwe)
I august 2014 Zimbabwe bowler Prosper was reported during ODI series against South Africa.
Sohag Gazi (Bangladesh)
Just like Utseya of Zimbabwe, Bangladesh spinner Sohag Gazi got the ICC hammer as he was suspended due to him bending his arm more than 15 degrees.