Sunil Narine was reported for a suspect action in the Champions League T20 2014 © Getty Images
Sunil Narine was reported for a suspect action in the Champions League T20 2014 © Getty Images

Sep 30, 2014

In the recent past the International Cricket Council(ICC) has come down hard on bowlers who they perceive to have chinks in their action. John Davison, former Canadian captain and now a spin coach in Australia, however, believes the ICC has been late in pulling up bowlers with suspect actions and this he reckoned could be to the detriment of budding spinners.

The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Davison as saying “There’s going to be a generation of cricketers in the subcontinent who are going to struggle to bowl with a legal action. These kids have grown up copying their heroes and now it’s going to come back to haunt them.”

He added “You look at most international spinners going around at the moment and the majority are definitely what you would call suspect, and kids copy what international guys are doing.”

“It’s something the ICC probably let go on for too long, but I suppose it’s good in terms of the stance we took, not that we wouldn’t coach it, but we wouldn’t try to turn traditional bowlers into doosra bowlers. It would have been much better [globally] if there had been a stance 20 years ago,” Davison pointed out.

In the ongoing Champions League T20 2014 no fewer than three bowlers, namely Mohammad Hafeez, Adnan Rasool and T20 spin king Sunil Narine were reported for suspect actions.