Around 110 cricketers were also fined by the umpires for charges of indiscipline in the 25 teams © Getty Images (Representational Image)
Around 110 cricketers were also fined by the umpires for charges of indiscipline in the 25 teams © Getty Images (Representational Image)

About 177 cricketers, who were charged with suspect actions for chucking during the 2014-15 domestic season in India, were black-listed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Around 110 cricketers were also fined by the umpires for charges of indiscipline in the 25 teams and few of the captains were also fined for slow-over rate, including the women cricketers. Chennai’s SRMC witnessed eight bowlers being charged for suspect action, while Mumbai’s Akhil Herwadkar was banned twice this season. The India Express reports some of these charges and how umpires have come hard on the players, including a crackdown on chucking in the recent past. BCCI to take call on Ajit Chandila and Hiken Shah on January 5

Ratnakar Shetty, BCCI’s game development general manager, said that the BCCI has requested umpires to act tough on the offence makers and not show any mercy on the chuckers as well as indisciplined players. “In fact this year, an umpire workshop happened in Chennai-SRMC, where we had a session on how to detect suspect actions and what should be the reporting system. We don’t want people with unfair actions to be playing. Most of the suspect action cases are mostly found at the junior levels, the under-16 and under-19 categories,” he said. India-Pakistan cricket can only resume next year, says Shahryar Khan

Shetty added that the state assiciations have been requested as well to act toiugh on the issues of chucking and indiscipline from the beginner and junior level of cricket. “Coaches are responsible for this. It’s the state association’s responsibility to ensure that they take measures to help the cricketers with suspect actions to overcome the problem. At least one association I know, Karnataka, have formed a committee to monitor junior cricketers,” he added. Jeff Crowe is subjective toward Nagpur pitch: Shashank Manohar

Sidak Singh from Mumbai missed out on an ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup berth owing to suspect action. “When associations announce their 25 probables list, their coaches work with them for one month. That’s where the problem needs to be solved,” Shetty added. Shashank Manohar: BCCI will not accept DRS till all its problems are sorted out

Rahul Dravid too welcomed the move by the board and was supportive to eradicate chucking from the grassroot level. “There was a time in Indian domestic cricket there were so many bowlers with dodgy action. It’s good that they have now decided to eradicate it. I welcome it,” he said.

“I support it for a variety of reasons. People talk about these bowlers getting punished, but what about batsmen who face them and whose careers get ruined? What about other bowlers who have clean actions but are sidelined in favour of these bowlers and are then lost to the game. We all can see this particular bowler has a different action, a dodgy action. What’s to be done about it. You have to correct him at the junior level. The message has to percolate to the grassroots level of the game,” he added.

However, in terms of discilplne, Bengal was the worst behaved team in 2015, as eight players were found guilty, while Pramod Chandila was charged twice in the Ranji Trophy this season. Delhi was next, owing to Gautam Gambhir heated interaction with Bengal’s Manoj Tiwary, that led to their fine of 70 percent and 10 percent on a couple of occasions. Meanwhile Haryana were the most well behaved team of the season.