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Samuels' action cleared by ICC

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September 28, 2011

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Marlon Samuels turns his arm over, South Africa v West Indies, 3rd Test, Durban, January 11, 2008
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Marlon Samuels, the West Indies batsman and part-time offspinner, has had his bowling action cleared by the ICC after undergoing significant remedial work. An independent test found his action to be legal and the player has been cleared to resume bowling in international cricket.

"A comprehensive analysis revealed that his mean elbow extension was now comfortably within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the relevant regulations," the ICC said in a statement. "During the original test on 11 February 2008, his mean elbow extension had been calculated to be in excess of 15 degrees."

"It feels really good to know that I can bowl again in international cricket. I have been waiting for this moment for a while now. I am mainly a batsman in the team but it feels good to know that I can again contribute to the team in another area," Samuels said. "I really want to thank Jimmy Adams for working with me in the nets and helping me through this process. After I came back into the West Indies set-up Ottis Gibson continued the work from where Jimmy left off and helped me to get the positive result I was aiming for.

"I have been spending a lot of time doing a lot of bowling in the nets so that I could get my body accustomed to the work, so that anytime the captain calls on me, in any of the three formats of the game, I will be ready."

Samuels was reported for a suspect action by the umpires in the third Test between South Africa and West Indies in Durban in January 2008. On-field umpires Simon Taufel and Aleem Dar and third umpire Brian Jerling reported their doubts over his action, especially with respect to his "fast" deliveries. Roshan Mahanama, the match referee, subsequently informed both the ICC and the West Indies team management of the report, as per the ICC regulations governing the reporting process.

The analysis of Samuels' action was conducted by professor Bruce Elliott, a member of the ICC Panel of Human Movement Specialists, and his team at the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health at the University of Western Australia on September 14

As with all bowlers who are tested, Samuels' action will continue to be scrutinised by match officials to ensure it remains legal. He has taken seven Test wickets at an average of 127 and 57 ODI wickets at 43.24.

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Posted by Randy_Wilson on (September 30, 2011, 19:30 GMT)

Samuel should be a Part time Bowler, and not Focus to be an all rounder. The West Indies Selectors Need to know how to balance the team ,With Sammy in it. because the way they are picking team its been unbalnce to because of Sammy. But if you look at it it can be a Balance team wih sammy in it. Example: Thats ofcours if they play the best( not incuding Gayle or Sarwan) ODI/TEST: L Simmosn, D Bravo, M Samuels, K Pollard, D Bravo sr, M Sameuls, C Baugh, D Sammy, D Bishoo, J Taylor, R Rampal. a good allround Players. plus put in a 1- 3 players who played well in this side to rouite the squad like A Russell, the spinner who played well against England, etc and a few other TEST: A Barath, K Edwards, D Bravo, S Chanderpaul, D Bravo, D Ramdin, D sammy, D Bishoo, F Edwards. R Rampal, K Roach. We also got player like K Brathwaite, L Simmons, C Brathwaite, etc and some more young talented that we can intro along with this squad. selector need to think. it's time enugh.we got the talent use it

Posted by cricketdebator on (September 30, 2011, 17:46 GMT)

The question of Samuel's bowling is secondary, and will remain so as long as he score his fair share of runs in his capacity as a main batsman. His primarary role on the team is to score runs, he should concentrate on doing so and don't use bowling as a distraction.

Posted by Dr_Van_Nostrand on (September 29, 2011, 6:40 GMT)

Just like Botha, I bet his action is exactly the same as before and continues to throw in match conditions.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (September 29, 2011, 4:15 GMT)

I believe his bowling suits more for ODIs & T20s as a part timer thus offers 1 more option to his skipper. But Windies don't have dearth of bowling or batting all rounders at this moment. What they are lacking seriously is couple of consistent batsmen at top order. Except Darren Bravo, there is no other batsman who is consistent enough. Barath and Lendl Simmons are talented but they still need to prove their metal at international level and all others have been just passing the parcels for other places one series after another series. Samuels is good but in lower middle order as an utility player, Chanderpaul is still around to support for some more time but only in test matches, Sarwan has lost his glory and Gayle's dispute with WICB has become an everlasting saga. In this scenario Carribeans are in urgent need of 2-3 talented youngsters who could sail the ship of their batting. Bowling attack is still good but not well supported by agile fielding that is another major worry for them.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 28, 2011, 19:40 GMT)

ARad, I totally agree with you! What's the point of all this "mean value" nonsense? Does this mean a bowler can throw now and again and get away with it, as long as most of his deliveries are legal? I would like to think that in this day and age, all bowlers must bowl 100% of their deliveries within the set level of tolerance permitted under the relevant regulations.

Posted by ARad on (September 28, 2011, 18:43 GMT)

I did not realize that ICC used the mean value which is pointless. A player should bowl, let's say, at least 95% (if not more) of the deliveries within the accepted limit before he is allowed to bowl again.

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