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Shane Shillingford suspended from bowling

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December 21, 2010

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Shane Shillingford celebrates after dismissing Prasanna Jayawardene, Sri Lanka v West Indies, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day, November 18, 2010
Shane Shillingford was reported during West Indies' rain-ruined tour of Sri Lanka © AFP

Shane Shillingford, the West Indies offspinner, has been suspended from bowling in international cricket after his action was found to be illegal following independent tests in Perth, the ICC has confirmed.

The analysis of Shillingford's action revealed that his mean elbow extension was 17 degrees, which is above the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the laws.

Shillingford can apply for re-assessment of his action after he has modified it. Should he choose to appeal against the decision, he must lodge written notification with the ICC within 14 days of receiving the report.

Shillingford had been reported for a suspect action after the first Test in Sri Lanka in November by on-field umpires Steve Davis and Richard Kettleborough, along with third umpire Asad Rauf and fourth umpire Tyron Wijewardene. The umpires' report cited concern over the straightening of Shillingford's arm while he bowled some deliveries.

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Posted by   on (December 24, 2010, 21:30 GMT)

first jermane lawson now this why the hell they just live the west indies alone dame man

Posted by   on (December 23, 2010, 13:23 GMT)

It is a shame that so many of the players from the big (money) countries are bowling or have bowled illegal deliveries in the past and every time it is one of ours, they want to throw the book at us.

WICB must hold their ground and defend their own all the way. Too often the ICC want to throw our players under the bus. See Marlon Samuel, Benn and now Shillingford. Our players get no break irrespective while the rules are bend and raised for the our countries.

We are on the rise and they cannot stop us! Fight WICB fight and Shillingford be strong and come back better to destroy they all.

Merry Christmas and a Bright and Successful New Year!


Posted by   on (December 23, 2010, 9:44 GMT)

@ Mit...hey its funny cuz no1 says malinga chuks cuz he cant chuk wt dt action..lol..u need education i guess.laughable haha

Posted by   on (December 22, 2010, 18:35 GMT)

The WICB is to be blamed for this issue. I will say it again , every budding test player MUST attend a Cricketing Academy/Institution before playing test cricket.....this guy has played 63 First Class Matches already and now this.....shame on WICB......Good Luck to Shane , u will overcome this hurdle..... Bill

Posted by   on (December 22, 2010, 16:36 GMT)

I dont think i know too many bowlers who hasnt chulk a ball or too in their bowling careers including medium pacers. West indies is so low at the bottom of the ladder and everytime they seems to develop a rising star that can take the world by storm their action gets reported. First it was jermaine lawsen when he reeps through australia. Then they have been looking at jerome taylor, gayle and sulimann benn even nothing has been done or reported now its shane shillingford. Its a pity fidel edwards is still fortunate to be bowling and distroying teams we will see how long for if he gets back soon. Breet lee, shawn tait, malinga, murali, afridi, shoib aktar, dale stein, all of these have gotten fustrated at a batsman and throw a ball or 2. Even murali have admitted he tried everything to try to remove brian lara on west indies last tour of sri lanka. I think west indies cricket board is two caward when it comes to defending their players in these circumstances.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2010, 13:25 GMT)

If the rule permitted 17 degrees the ICC would have found Shillingford's elbow to be 19 degrees. Poor West Indies..........WEAK

Posted by   on (December 22, 2010, 13:06 GMT)

What is it with all of these idiots who think that a spongy action makes you a chucker?! Just because the arm is not perpendicular does not make it a throw! In that case then Shane Warne would have been a chucker as well as the (obviously legal) Tait and Malinga. The whole problem comes from Murali, who was a genius and something of a genetic freak (double jointed wrist, permanently bent elbow etc.) He already had 100 plus test wickets before the powers that be started testing his action, and only someone with his genetics seems able to bowl the 'doosra' legally, bar it's inventor Saqlain Mushtaq and perhaps Saeed Ajmal too. The only way most spinners can bowl a doosra is to chuck it. Thank God for Graeme Swann and return of good old, flight, guile, orthodox spin and the odd arm ball.

Posted by stuartaussie on (December 22, 2010, 12:52 GMT)

I find it very strange how most people comment on throwing without any knowledge of the rule and its history...For the last time the degree of flex was not increased to accomodate Murali...he in fact bowls well within the 15 degrees...the previous cap was 5 degrees for spinners and 10 degrees for pacers...then a study was conducted which included almost all bowlers around the world...mcGrath, Gillespie, Pollock included...it was discovered that most of the bowlers exceeded the flex limit of the time...after detailed studies, it was found that upto 15 degrees of flex is not visible to the naked eye...this is why the rules were amended...and for a tidbit, Ramnaresh Sarwan is the only bowler in the world who doesnt flex his elbow at all I am an aussie myself and I feel ashamed of some of my fellows...even people like Mark Waugh, Gilchrist and especially Darrel Hair who still refuse to listen to reason and keep making negative comments about Murali...it amounts to plain ignorance

Posted by Dominator66 on (December 22, 2010, 12:44 GMT)

Totally agree with praveen!! theres no problem with the srilanakn bowlers and people who comment negative on them is i think they are ignorant and not educated!! before commenting on any bowler unless they are proven guilty ,as in shanes case!!!

Posted by Biggus on (December 22, 2010, 12:20 GMT)

@MinusZero-Yes, chucking is quite advantageous to the finger spinner, especially if your trying to bowl a doosra. It gives added 'whip' to the release of the standard ball, in Shillingford's case the off spinner, which translates into more revolutions on the ball and therefore more turn. The real key though is in trying to bowl the doosra, and most finger spinners can't bowl one without an inordinate amount of arm-straightening unless they have an unusually large amount of wrist flexibility. As opposed to finger spinners, wrist spinners get no real advantage from chucking and it tends to make it hard to bowl accurately, so amongst spinners 'chucking' tends to be a finger spinner's disease. As I stated below what I saw of Shillingford on uTube looked OK so maybe it's just his doosra.

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