#CWC15: Illegal bowlers will not be replaced during ICC Cricket World Cup

The international Cricket Council (ICC) will not permit the replacement of bowlers found to be chucking during the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

“The decision has been conveyed to the officials of all national boards,” said an ICC Board member. “We have been instructed not to select bowlers under suspicion and no replacement will be granted if any bowler is found to be having his elbow extending more than the permitted 15 degress.”
The 15 degree limit was set by the ICC in November 2004. An illegal bowling action is one in which the bowler’s ‘elbow extension’ is more than permissible limit (15 degrees) while he is in his delivery stride.
The ICC has recently been increasingly watchful on the issue of bowlers’ actions and bans have been handed to high-profile players like Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez, Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake (cleared now) and Bangladesh’s Sohag Gazi.
The ICC crackdown has hit off spinners the hardest: West Indies’ Shane Shillingford and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson had also faced scrutiny over their action.
The authority to grant the replacement for the injured players or players leaving the tournament for unavoidable reasons (death etc. in the family) rests with the technical committee. The ICC is yet to announce the members of the technical committee for the 2015 World Cup.

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
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