GUIDELINES

ICC International Umpire Accreditation Program

 

4.7 Judgement of Doubtful bowling action

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Competent: No
Competence Required
The umpire demonstrates:
Observation or video evidence, with date Further professional development required Assessor Competent
Knowledge, understanding, and application of ICC regulations for dealing with bowlers with a suspect bowling action No

ICC International Umpire Accreditation Program

 

Umpire progress

 
Section Progress
4.1 Judgement
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4.2 Judgement of front foot No balls
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4.3 Judgement of run out
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4.4 Judgement of LBW
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4.5 Judgement of caught behind
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4.6 Judgement of bat/pad
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4.7 Judgement of Doubtful bowling action
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4.8 3rd Umpire Decision Module
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4.9 Ball changes, shape/colour/tampering
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4.7 Judgement of Doubtful bowling action

You must successfully demonstrate:
Knowledge, understanding, and application of ICC regulations for dealing with bowlers with a suspect bowling action

ICC expects its umpires to be aware of its policy and procedure in handling suspect or doubtful bowling actions. The policy also allows the on-field umpire to apply Law 24 at any time if he feels the delivery action is not fair In today’s professional sporting world, to call a bowler for throwing or ‘chucking’ has very serious consequences, so there is a strong procedure in dealing with suspect actions off the field. ICC expects the umpire to be aware of what to look for, how to apply the code and how to work as a match official’s team to ensure all appropriate bowlers are reported correctly. ICC has adopted an informed, scientific approach to the study and evaluation of suspect bowling actions (see Section2 UWA Report, Shillingford, Nov 2013) working with analysts from the University of Western Australia.

Watch the videos (4.7 Videos 464 – 466) and listen to Richard Done, ICC, outline the background to reporting and discuss the implications of ICC regulations.

The reading resources (right: Resources to Read) outline ICC regulations and an actual report (Shillingford) illustrates how a suspect bowling action is assessed.

Each of the Match Officials Almanacs (Test Match, ODI, and T20) contains sections on the reporting of suspect bowling actions.

You need to know what to look for i.e. how to recognize a suspect bowling action, and you must know how to report it.