CA set to introduce tougher set of rules to crackdown on chucking
Sydney, Feb 6: Cricket Australia (CA) is ready to bring in new rules to deal with the problem of illegal bowling actions in domestic cricket following anguish from state coaches.
The state coaches' angst over chucking extends beyond the public allegation levelled at West Indies import Marlon Samuels during the Big Bash League (BBL), the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
The review of CA's doubtful bowling actions procedure is a direct result of the BBL, because the short season makes ineffective the current system, a drawn-out process that allows three official mentions from three different umpires across one season before a bowler's action is analysed, the paper added.
CA's senior cricket operations man Sean Cary with input from coaches, umpires and staff at the Centre of Excellence will head the review.
Cary admitted the current system took too long to kick into action, but denied Australian cricket had a significant problem with throwing.
Cary said the new rules would be introduced to tighten the process up so that it can be effective in competitions that run over short periods of time, adding it's not a crackdown because they have a major problem.
Cary added they have to look at the current procedure because it doesn't allow for the full process to be completed within the full period of time that the BBL is actually played.
He further said if there is a doubtful action report or mention, then they need a procedure that deals with it there and then, so if there is an effect as a result of that, it doesn't impact the competition.
It is believed there has been only one mention of a suspect action in Australian domestic cricket this summer i.e. Samuels during the BBL.