West Indies news December 16, 2013

ICC suspends Shillingford for illegal bowling action

ESPNcricinfo staff

The ICC has suspended Shane Shillingford, the West Indies offspinner, from bowling in international cricket after his action was found illegal. His team-mate Marlon Samuels, who is a part-time offspinner, has been prohibited from bowling quicker deliveries in international cricket.

The pair were reported for suspect action on November 16, during the second Test against India in Mumbai. They underwent biomechanical analysis in Perth on November 29, before the start of the series against New Zealand.

Shillingford has taken six wickets at 42.66 in the first two Tests against New Zealand but will now not be available for the final match in Hamilton which starts on Thursday. Samuels has not bowled in the current series.

An ICC statement said that an independent biomechanical analysis had revealed that for both Shillingford's standard off-break delivery and his doosra, the amount of elbow extension in his bowling action exceeded the 15 degrees' level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations. Shillingford will remain suspended until he submits a fresh analysis that proves his action has been corrected.

Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach, said: "Though I felt confident about the way the two players performed at the testing, the report did not come back in our favour. Shane is obviously gutted, but Marlon's role in the team, as I have said previously, is primarily as a batsman, so the impact on him is a little bit less."

"We will formulate a suitable plan of action and work to rehabilitate their bowling actions in the New Year, so Shane can continue his international career in the shortest possible time and Marlon can continue to contribute with the ball when he's required.

"They are both tough characters and have had their share of ups and downs in the game over the years. We have no doubt that they will emerge from this latest setback with the utmost confidence."

Earlier this week, when asked about the pending report, Gibson hoped that Shillingford would not be singled out. "There are a few people around the world bowling with similar, if not worse actions, so I expect him to be cleared for sure."

Meanwhile, the analysis on Samuels' action revealed that the spinner's standard off-break delivery was legal but the quicker delivery exceeded the prescribed levels of tolerance.

If Samuels is reported for a suspect action in the next two years, the ICC will take note of it as a second report and the player will have to undergo a biomechanical analysis. If the analysis concludes that Samuels has an illegal action for any delivery, he will be banned from bowling in international cricket for a minimum period 12 months.

Shillingford had earlier been suspended from bowling in international cricket in December 2010, a month after being reported for a suspect bowling action on West Indies' tour of Sri Lanka. He underwent remedial action on his bowling and was cleared by the ICC in June 2011.

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  • R on December 17, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Didn't notice anything suspicious during Test matches against India. But law will take its own course. Hope he will make a strong comeback!

  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Hey please understand the rules,when a bowler delivers a ball at an angle greater than 15 degrees to the vertical it will certainly makes it difficult for the batsmen to pick up the line and in the case of slow blowers the turn as well.One must also remember at wider angle than the legal limits enables the bowler to generate more pace and bounce hence chucking is illegal and gives the bowler an unfair advantage.

  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    what a pity for West Indies. they found a good spind bowler after a long time.

  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Why do we have to wait until someone else reports suspected bowling action by WI bowlers. Shouldn't the coach be capable of noticing that first. Or is he not fit for the job? I thought that a new WICB chairman would bring good changes to WI cricket but they persist with mediocrity like the coach and the captain. I see no silver lining for WI cricket for a long time to come. On recent performance in India Clive LLoyd described them as playing like drunks and Sunil Gavaskar described WI performing at less than club level. He added that "The West Indies bowling attack, however, must be the most pathetic in Test cricket at the moment with no new ball bowlers worth the name and neither a spinner who can trouble international batsmen." Yet Gibson and company persist with Sammy, Shillingford etc leaving Sunil Narine to bask in the sun. Isn't it time to bring back Sarwan? What else does the WI board need to wake them up? Insularity seems not to go away, not even with a new Chairman. Sad indeed

  • Cliff on December 17, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    Why are people bagging the ICC? They already had to make allowances of 15 degrees because more and more players started to push the old laws to the limit.

    15 degrees is actually pretty large tolerance. It is meant to maintain the spirit and intent of the original law while taking into consideration the physical capabilities of the individual player.

    The ICC are taking action against players who are not bowling in the spirit of the laws. We should be thanking them.

  • Douglas on December 17, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    I looked at all 4 test so far and if Shillingford has a bowling fault, he has me fooled because he seemed normal to me.

  • David on December 17, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    Anyone who saw Shillingford's action during Australia's tour of WI a couple of years ago could only have described it as diabolical. Someone should have identified it well before he reached the international stage. I am also very surprised that he has been allowed to continue on sans real remediation (I know it has been reported in the past) for as long as it has. I have watched some of his recent international performances and the song remains the same.

  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Doesnt the coaches in the West Indies know what is bowling and what is chucking? This not the first time that these players have been reported. It just goes to show how WI Cricket is bad shape. New coach, new captain, new selectors

  • adeel on December 17, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    instead of banning them, simple solution is for the biometric experts to develop a arm sling or something that will not allow the elbow/arm to go beyond the 15degrees tolerance. when bowler does go it will obviously hurt him so he will remain within the limit :D

  • Dummy4 on December 16, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    to be honest ive ppl with alot dicier actions and getting away with it...its a shame really :(

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