Bangladesh news August 24, 2014

Gazi reported for suspect action

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sohag Gazi, the Bangladesh offspinner, has been reported for a suspect bowling action following the second ODI against West Indies in St George's. Gazi is likely to have his action tested at an ICC-accredited facility in Cardiff on September 19, making him available for the entire ongoing tour of West Indies.

"Sohag will be going to Cardiff and the ICC has said that the first available date would be September 19," a BCB official told ESPNcricinfo. The results are likely to be known around two weeks after the test.

The match officials' report, according to an ICC release, had "cited concerns regarding Gazi's bowling action for all deliveries". He will need to undergo testing within 21 days, as per ICC regulations.

Gazi, who has played ten Tests, 19 ODIs and nine T20s since his international debut in 2012, was reported once, two years ago, by an umpire in a tournament in Bangalore, where he was playing for Bangladesh A. The match referee had informed the manager, who let the BCB know of the matter. Since the report did not contain details of the problem, no further action or testing was undertaken.

Gazi is the fifth bowler - and the fifth offspinner - to have been reported for a suspect action over the past few months. Zimbabwe's Prosper Utseya, Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake, New Zealand's Kane Williamson and Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal are the others.

The issue of suspect bowling actions had come up during the ICC cricket committee meeting in June, where there was a general consensus among members that the current methods used to detect illegal actions were imperfect. It recommended changes to help match officials get more support from biomechanists in order to identify illegal actions with "more confidence".

8.30 GMT, August 25. The story was updated with information about the testing date and venue.

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  • Anver on August 25, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    Beware !!!! off spinners are under observations these days... WHO"s NEXT ????

  • Ron on August 25, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Te move is commendable within reason, but this is beginning to sound a little ridiculous now. More of this and spinners will be petrified to go out there and bowl. Let's see when they actually call a fast bowler.

  • Dummy on August 25, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    While this is a good initiative by the ICC, it is incomplete. Why fast bowlers are not being reported I think is because its almost impossible to notice a flex with their fast arm action, without the help of super slow motion replays. I believe all international bowlers should be tested whether they are 'suspected' or not and the ones with an issue and the ones on the margin should be tested every other year or so as long as they bowl in international matches.

  • Android on August 25, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    why don't we do a test for all the international bowlers - fast or spin - before the WC at ICC's cost?

  • Dummy4 on August 25, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    @warneneverchuck So all the 99% bowlers who ICC identified as breaking the rule before the 25 degree rule was bought in? So the world record holder would be Ramnaresh Sarwan because he was the only bowler to have zero degree of flex during ICC testing in 2004. I can name 3 leading pace bowlers of that era who went beyond 10 degrees too.

  • Dummy4 on August 25, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    this is becoming a joke they are going to run spinners out of the game.some of these guys look fine on tv and we get a close up look at there actions.

  • Dummy4 on August 25, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    @Mountaintop Maybe reading of the rules is in order. It's ok to have bent arm as long as it doesn't straighten more than 15 degrees. The 15 degrees was introduced recently as that's the threshold of the human eye, but the not straightening part has been there since beginning of cricket. It is also important to note that the original chucking rule was bought in to prevent injury to batsmen.

  • Michael on August 25, 2014, 0:04 GMT

    At the risk of being controversial, I wonder if we've gotten too tied up in the letter of the law. The law was introduced to ensure that a bowler bowls the ball, rather than throwing it at the batsman - and the way this was described in the law is that there is no straightening of the arm. The intent is to stop bowlers from pitching it, as in baseball (and also bowling underarm in professional matches). Now, reading the letter of the law as it was written, any degree of straighting was illegal. As biometrics found that all bowlers straightened their arm (though it wasn't visible to the Umpire until 15 degrees), the rule was changed. But, in the end, none of the bowlers who have been reported are actually pitching/throwing at the batsman. Perhaps there needs to be more laws/existing laws changed to govern exactly what is and isn't a 'dodgy' action. Should it be asthetically pleasing? Should the ball only be going a certain speed, or trajectory? Or does it really matter?

  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    A letter to ICC,

    Dear ICC,

    I am impressed by your technique. What you do is really awesome. You first let one spinner to establish his career and then suddenly you decide to suspect his action and ban him ! Why not ban all the spinners at the earliest age !

    And you keep making rules to help the fast bowlers, you let them give bouncers, you do not blame them, and you help them by bringing in newer rules, such as 2 new balls from 2 new ends, so that bowls donot get older and spinners donot get wickets ! I am really impressed. Keep it on........

  • Android on August 24, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    the beauty is being robbed from the game, i believe ICC should be a bit more flexible with its throwing policy

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