International Cricket Council Endorses Clampdown on Suspected Illegal Bowling Action
Several top bowlers around the world, including star Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, were reported and subsequently banned this year after their bowling actions were found to be illegal.
While announcing it would stick to its stand of no-tolerance approach in dealing with suspected illegal bowling actions, the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board Monday also sought to improve player behaviour and over-rates. (Ajmal Ban Good for the Game: Lehmann)
"The ICC Board endorsed and reiterated its support for the ICC's no-tolerance approach in dealing with suspected illegal bowling actions. It also complimented the Members for supporting the process, and proactively identifying and addressing bowlers with suspected illegal bowling actions at domestic level," the ICC said in a statement Monday. (ICC Approves Revised Anti-Corruption Code)
"The Board noted and supported the more proactive approach of the match officials in international cricket in enforcing better standards of player behaviour and improved over-rates."
The Board also announced that the Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015 will take place in Bangkok and the finalists of the eight-day tournament - where 20 matches will be played - will qualify for the World Twenty20 to be held in India next year. (ICC Raises World Cup Prize Money)
Bangladesh and Ireland, which finished ninth and 10th in the World T20 2014, will be joined in the tournament by regional qualifiers China, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Scotland, host Thailand, and a qualifier from the Africa region.
Group A will include Bangladesh, Thailand, Scotland and PNG, while Group B will comprise Ireland, Netherlands, China and the Africa qualifier.