Sri Lanka Cricket Moves to Wipe Out Chucking

Sri Lanka Cricket has taken strides towards wiping out chucking in domestic and school cricket. The ICC’s clampdown on suspect actions at the international level spurred a renewed effort to curb throwing domestically, last year. The board had empowered coaches and umpires to root out bad actions, and also bolstered the remedial process for bowlers believed to bowl with a bent elbow.

“During the 2014/15 local cricket season as many as 170 bowlers (spin & fast) were reported for suspect bowling actions from club & school cricket,” an SLC release said. “The umpires must be commended for their efforts in this case as 90% of the reported bowlers were clearly identified as to having faulty bowling actions.

“Overall a total of 42 bowlers were cleared to bowl after following an intensive remedial bowling program which was tailor-made to suit the individual bowler. Periodical assessments were carried out during the remedial period and bowlers’ progress was monitored. The assessor had to be convinced that the remodeled bowling action was within the legal limitations of the game before clearance was given.”

The board said another 128 bowlers remain suspended from bowling in competition cricket, as they have not satisfactorily remodeled their actions. Sachithra Senanayake was among those whose action was successfully remedied in the past year.