West Indies news December 21, 2010

Shane Shillingford suspended from bowling

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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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  • on December 24, 2010, 21:30 GMT

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

  • 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!

    Ken

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!!!

  • 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.

  • on December 24, 2010, 21:30 GMT

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

  • 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!

    Ken

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!!!

  • 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.

  • on December 22, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    @Praveen: If Murli and Malinga didn't/doesn't chuck, then Don Bradman was a spinner

  • swarzi on December 22, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    I guess if he had some sort of 'influential' name, or the W.I was still that zone of cricketing inflence that it once was, they could have dictated how the regulations must be bent to suit his situation, as we are seeing these days in cricket. But Mr Shillingford is 'a small fry'; he is therefore, easily gobbled up by the big whales!

  • Philip_Gnana on December 22, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Reporting and publishing articles of this nature without due cross references to the actual stance of the ICC, does not seem right. Just another jingolistic journalism here. Journalis need to take responsibility and not just the tabloid route. Why not have the links to the ICC's views linked to this article or even highlight it in blue as it has for the selection points that suits the authors "view"? I suppose this response will be publishe too? Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • on December 22, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    wow some people are out of their mind to question the actions of malinga,mendis,murali & randiv who have perfect actions while murali's have been proved over and over again by the same tests that were conducted on shillingford. so just admit he chucks and correct it, even with the naked eye i saw a huge flex during the test match when he bowled.

  • anver777 on December 22, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    I feel sorry for Shillingford as he's a rising star for WI & good prospect for WI cricket... I wonder why no body complained about his action during the past one year !!!!!!!

  • MinusZero on December 22, 2010, 3:17 GMT

    Does throwing really matter when you are a spinner? They dont want extra pace

  • Biggus on December 22, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    I had a look at his action on uTube and it looked ok to me so I guess it's just his doosra. As I stated there it's not the end of the world. Lance Gibbs managed to get 300 test wickets without one and I have yet to see Graham Swann bowl it, so I'm assuming he doesn't have one either. If you have good flight, a good stock offie, and a decent arm ball and/or topspinner you'll do all right. Any decent finger spinner should be able to bowl a topspinner legally.If you can train the batsman to expect the offie and play for it the arm ball or topspinner is almost as good as one that goes away.

  • splites on December 22, 2010, 2:07 GMT

    Problem is we don't have all the fancy television technology in our domestic tournaments, or for most domestic cricket matches around the world for that matter. To be fair, the only reason Shane made any of the West indies teams, or the Windwards and Dominica as a matter of fact, was because of the amended 15 degree rule. He was no-balled in 2001 in a domestic match for throwing already. In the international matches, the best of the best in umpiring are on the field and in the boxes, and there's the technology to help.

  • Clynie on December 22, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    Absolutely laughable! If I am to accept that Shane Shillingford's elbow extension is 17 degrees then I have no doubt that Suraj Randiv's must be 25 degrees, Shawn Tate's would be 30 degrees, and Muttiah Muralitharan's must have been 45 degrees. According to Franklin Stephenson a few years ago "An Utter Joke" Yet another incident where a West Indian gets the rough end of the stick form the ICC, because the West Indies Cricket Board is weak and insignificant in terms of commercial weight in world cricket.

  • on December 21, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    Really unbeleiveable. After playing some many first class games and a few tests and ODI's someone saw a problem with his action??? how can it go pass so many people eg the coaches and Addminstration of WI cricket???

  • Nathan_123 on December 21, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    People who have commented on this page did not know the full facts. The fact is: the 15 degrees rule came not because of Murali. This was because of the study conducted by ICC on bowler's action during the ICC's world championship tournament in England in 2003. Most of world's top bowler's action were analysed. Including Glenn McGrath, Shaun Pollock, Jason Gillespie etc and the ICC found out that these blowers' actions went over 12 degrees (this was the rule before this tournament). In order to accommodate these bowlers ICC was compelled to change the rules to 15 degrees. Furthermore Michel Holding was also in this committee, which recommended the 15 degrees rule to ICC at that time.

  • on December 21, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    @ Kunal007, your comments are totally out of place... what's wrong in having a slingy action? If slingers were banned, Jeff Thomson, Shaun Tait, Shohaib Akhthar and whole host of slingers should have been banned.

  • ruserious on December 21, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    wow some people just have no faith in science, experimental testing and results. They didnt change the law to 15 degrees because Murali's max extension was 15 degree, nor because he was Sri Lankan (what sort of a race card is that anyways?). They did so because MOST bowlers extend beyond 5 degrees (the old rule). When 15 degrees includes most people why would they make an exception for just ONE guy.

  • on December 21, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    as soon as they see an upcoming threat in west indies cricket they try to stop us look at jermaine lawson rattled australia in a series never heard from him since.

  • on December 21, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    WEIRD! So many years playing cricket and then suddenly to find out one day that you are 'throwing'. My prayers are with these players. We lost Jermaine Lawson in the past. Hopefully we won't lose him too.

  • Naren on December 21, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    It is just that ICC is learning from mistakes. Call them early or it will never happen.

  • on December 21, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    It is only a certain delivery of his that he has problems with. The fact is even at Regional level here, he was called by Bucknor in a match, so we knew there was a problem. He just needs to avoid trying to bowl the doosra and keep to what he knows and can bowl. It is now time for the WICB to show support and work with him!

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  • on December 21, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    It is only a certain delivery of his that he has problems with. The fact is even at Regional level here, he was called by Bucknor in a match, so we knew there was a problem. He just needs to avoid trying to bowl the doosra and keep to what he knows and can bowl. It is now time for the WICB to show support and work with him!

  • Naren on December 21, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    It is just that ICC is learning from mistakes. Call them early or it will never happen.

  • on December 21, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    WEIRD! So many years playing cricket and then suddenly to find out one day that you are 'throwing'. My prayers are with these players. We lost Jermaine Lawson in the past. Hopefully we won't lose him too.

  • on December 21, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    as soon as they see an upcoming threat in west indies cricket they try to stop us look at jermaine lawson rattled australia in a series never heard from him since.

  • ruserious on December 21, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    wow some people just have no faith in science, experimental testing and results. They didnt change the law to 15 degrees because Murali's max extension was 15 degree, nor because he was Sri Lankan (what sort of a race card is that anyways?). They did so because MOST bowlers extend beyond 5 degrees (the old rule). When 15 degrees includes most people why would they make an exception for just ONE guy.

  • on December 21, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    @ Kunal007, your comments are totally out of place... what's wrong in having a slingy action? If slingers were banned, Jeff Thomson, Shaun Tait, Shohaib Akhthar and whole host of slingers should have been banned.

  • Nathan_123 on December 21, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    People who have commented on this page did not know the full facts. The fact is: the 15 degrees rule came not because of Murali. This was because of the study conducted by ICC on bowler's action during the ICC's world championship tournament in England in 2003. Most of world's top bowler's action were analysed. Including Glenn McGrath, Shaun Pollock, Jason Gillespie etc and the ICC found out that these blowers' actions went over 12 degrees (this was the rule before this tournament). In order to accommodate these bowlers ICC was compelled to change the rules to 15 degrees. Furthermore Michel Holding was also in this committee, which recommended the 15 degrees rule to ICC at that time.

  • on December 21, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    Really unbeleiveable. After playing some many first class games and a few tests and ODI's someone saw a problem with his action??? how can it go pass so many people eg the coaches and Addminstration of WI cricket???

  • Clynie on December 22, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    Absolutely laughable! If I am to accept that Shane Shillingford's elbow extension is 17 degrees then I have no doubt that Suraj Randiv's must be 25 degrees, Shawn Tate's would be 30 degrees, and Muttiah Muralitharan's must have been 45 degrees. According to Franklin Stephenson a few years ago "An Utter Joke" Yet another incident where a West Indian gets the rough end of the stick form the ICC, because the West Indies Cricket Board is weak and insignificant in terms of commercial weight in world cricket.

  • splites on December 22, 2010, 2:07 GMT

    Problem is we don't have all the fancy television technology in our domestic tournaments, or for most domestic cricket matches around the world for that matter. To be fair, the only reason Shane made any of the West indies teams, or the Windwards and Dominica as a matter of fact, was because of the amended 15 degree rule. He was no-balled in 2001 in a domestic match for throwing already. In the international matches, the best of the best in umpiring are on the field and in the boxes, and there's the technology to help.