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New bowler sensor could cut out throwing

Bowlers with suspect actions will be invited to wear an electronic sensor during matches to determine whether they are throwing, report HT Correspondents.

cricket Updated: Feb 24, 2009 23:02 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times
New bowler sensor could cut out throwing

Bowlers with suspect actions will be invited to wear an electronic sensor during matches to determine whether they are throwing.

Cricket has tried several methods of trying to eliminate illegal actions or chucking from the game and relies on testing suspect deliveries in laboratory conditions away from the playing field. Now the game’s world governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) is funding a study by Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia to test bowlers in match conditions.

During the study, they will be asked to wear a sensor, which will monitor their actions during delivery. The current rules state that bowlers are allowed a 15-degree bend in the elbow during the delivery and anything more constitutes an illegal throw. Announcing the study on Tuesday, the ICC said the device would measure the bend instantly.

“One of the difficulties of testing bowlers’ actions in laboratory conditions is that it cannot always replicate match conditions successfully,” said ICC general manager David Richardson.

“In other words, whether on purpose or unintentionally, the bowler might bowl differently in the lab than when he is out in the middle in the heat of a match when fatigue and greater effort come into the equation. That is why a device that a bowler can wear during a match is something we are very excited to be developing.”

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