28 Aug 2012

ICC to introduce inertia sensors for suspect bowlers

9:07 am on 28 August 2012

Cricket's governing body has announced plans to introduce wearable technology usually found in iPads to scrutinise bowlers with suspect bowling actions.

Inertial sensors will be attached to a bowler's arm to assess the legality of his action.

The actions of several current and recently-retired bowlers have come into question after the International Cricket Council allowed a tolerance limit of 15 degrees' bend to the bowling arm - a relaxation questioned in some quarters.

The ICC has announced it is willing to invest in bowling action technology.

Retired pacemen Brett Lee of Australia and Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar, as well as Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, have all had their actions questioned but were cleared on the basis of tolerance limit or existing arm-joint deformity.

India's Harbhajan Singh and Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal are two high-profile current bowlers whose actions have come under scrutiny on several occasions.

Bowlers who have been reported by umpires with a suspicious illegal bowling action are presently required to attend an ICC-approved biomechanics laboratory to assess the amount of elbow extension in their bowling action.