It’s big news that the ICC are cracking down on top level bowlers with suspicious actions. What does that mean for us playing and coaching at a level where you can’t tell a “chucker” for sure?
It’s not as easy as you might think. The famous example is Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan. His hyper flexible shoulders and wrists combined with a bent arm certainly looks like chucking to the naked eye. Yet he had extensive computer model testing and despite what the eye thinks, his arm straightened well within the legal limit.
The only way to tell at lower levels is to rely on the judgement of the umpires. So that means if you have even the smallest thought of playing at high levels, you need to make sure your action is beyond reproach.
It's much easier for young players to correct as they have not ingrained the habit on their muscle memory. However, whatever the age of the player, it is up to a good coach to take the action back to the root of the problem and build it back up again.
The process is as follows:
With so much pressure on to remove chucking from the game, it’s the job of every coach and player at every level to make sure the straight arm is coached as well as possible.
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