Rayudu is reported for suspect action
Ambati Rayudu has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the first ODI against Australia in Sydney on Saturday.
According to an ICC release on Sunday, the match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Indian team management, cited “concerns about the legality of the 33-year-old off-spinner’s bowling action.”
“Rayudu’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Rayudu is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known,” the ICC release added.
The ICC allows bowlers to flex their elbows only up to 15 degrees. If, on testing, Rayudu’s is shown to flex beyond that, he will be suspended from bowling in international cricket until he can get his action rectified.
The following is the procedure for corrective action as laid down by the ICC:
Independent Assessment: Where a player is reported for a suspected illegal bowling action… they shall be required to submit to an independent analysis of their bowling action (the “Independent Assessment”) which shall be carried out in accordance with the prescribed procedure.
- In the event of the player failing to submit to the Independent Assessment within the deadlines by reason of any action, inaction or otherwise of the Player (including injury), they shall be immediately suspended from bowling in international cricket until such time as they submit to an Independent Assessment which determines that they do not use an illegal bowling action.
- Subject to the provisions, throughout the period up to the date of receipt by the player’s national cricket federation of the validated independent assessment report, the player shall be permitted to continue bowling in international cricket.
- A player who is the subject of a match officials’ report in an other international match or a specified event shall, irrespective of the conclusion of the expert panel or event panel (as applicable), not be permitted to bowl in a major ICC event without submitting to an Independent Assessment which results in a validated independent assessment report that determines that the player is able to bowl without using an illegal bowling action.
A player may also apply for independent re-assessment of his bowling action which shall be carried out in accordance with the prescribed procedure.
Expert Panel Analysis: Where a player is reported for a suspected illegal bowling action, the match officials’ report shall be referred to a panel of two members of the ICC Panel of human movement specialists (the ‘expert panel’) to conduct a review of the player’s bowling action (the ‘Expert Panel Analysis’), which shall be carried out in accordance with the following procedure.
- The expert panel shall be appointed by the ICC within 48 hours of the ICC’s receipt of the match officials’ Report. The members of the expert panel shall, wherever possible, be from countries other than the country that the player represents in international cricket.
- In order to conduct their review, the expert panel shall review either the video footage of the player’s bowling in the match in which the player was reported or the video footage provided by the player’s national cricket federation in accordance in order to conclude (unanimously) whether the player bowls with an illegal bowling action.