Under-19 World Cup 2008, Malaysia April 2, 2008

Five U-19 bowlers have 'potentially flawed actions' - ICC

Cricinfo staff

The ICC has announced that five players at the recent Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia had "potentially flawed bowling actions".

Three of the five players were from Associate teams and two from Test-playing ICC Members. The ICC, as per its policy, did not reveal the identity or nationality of the bowlers though the individual boards are allowed to do so.

The five players are not eligible for selection for any national team until an assessment by their boards' bowling advisors confirms either the action is legal or that, although it was illegal, it has been remedied.

A three-man Bowling Action Advisory Panel (BAAP) monitored bowlers' actions during the tournament. The members of the BAAP were Javagal Srinath, a match referee and former Indian fast bowler, Richard Done, the ICC's high performance manager, and biomechanist Marc Portus, a member of the ICC's panel of human movement specialists.

Dave Richardson, the ICC general manager (cricket), said it was an important step towards dealing with the problem of illegal actions in international cricket. "By identifying any player who has a flaw in their technique at the junior level, there is an opportunity to address the problem before they graduate to senior international cricket."