West Indies news December 21, 2010

Shillingford dropped from Windwards squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shane Shillingford, the West Indies offspinner, has been dropped from the Windwards Islands squad for next month's Caribbean T20 following his suspension from bowling in international cricket on Tuesday after his action was found to be illegal. Analysis of his action in Perth revealed that his mean elbow extension was 17 degrees, which is above the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the laws.

"We have taken the decision to pull him out of the Caribbean T20 tournament and he will be going to the High Performance Centre in Barbados at the beginning of January where he will commence three-months training," said Emmanuel Nanthan, president of the Dominica Cricket Board and the Windward Islands Cricket Board chief. "It is hoped that at the end of his stint a second test will be done on his action with the view of getting him back for the Test series in 2011."

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.

Nanthan said the WICB was working to rectify the situation and had sought out independent tests of the bowler's action. "We have received the report from the University of Western Australia and that there is still more information that we have requested."

"As a matter of fact, the WICB is making a request for footage on the testing that was done on Shane. That information will then be submitted to a company in the UK for independent analysis on behalf of the WICB. In the meantime, we want to ensure that Shane remains focused for that battle that is a head and that he is well prepared to get back on the international scene as quickly as possible."

21-year-old Vincentian legspinner Keron Cottoy will replace Shillingford in the 14-man Windwards squad.

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  • Dummy4 on December 29, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    I saw the delivery in question and he was throwing. He needed to be dropped from the squad and sent to remedial training to correct his action. It makes no sense pointing out malinga cause we are from the Wi u know what the rest of the cricketing world thinks about us, they don't like us, they rejoiced when we fell from the top, and sadly our board never stands up for anything, far less for our players. Shillingford needs to assess his action, look at where he has gone wrong, and correct it, so he could comeback better and stronger.

  • Mughees on December 27, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    I don't know how malinga is still bowling with an under arm style?Did they ever thought of making rule if by any means a bowler can deliver under arm in cricket?What the hell?Seriously icc has got some serious issues. There are sooo many examples right today of bowlers like malinga, muralitharan who are bowling with no restriction and yet we have a bowler who got reported after playing international cricket for almost two years and gets banned right before the world cup. Is it fair?We saw marlon samuels banned for two years at time when he was looking a strong middle order batsman and becoming a force. Similar is the case with Pakistan team, when shoaib akhtar became the fastest bowler and starting to dominate icc interfered and then australia came up with brett lee. There is some serious monoply going on where couple of countries are dictating the cricket and icc. I hope justice prevails in the end.

  • M on December 23, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    I guess he has to sort out his action and get back in the the team very soon.........all the best to u Shane

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2010, 13:22 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!


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