Suspect actions during the World Cup will be evaluated within seven days in a fast-track commitment drawn up by the ICC. The evaluation process aims to limit the process to a minimum, ensuring that bowling actions are judged with alacrity to reduce disruption of the tournament to a minimum.
The Brisbane accreditation centre was opened only three months ago with the World Cup much in mind, offering the chance to either clear or suspend bowlers within six days. Previously, tests have taken up to three weeks after referral with the chance of another fortnight’s delay before a written report is received.
The ICC’s regulation for reporting bowlers with suspect actions now states, said an ICC spokesman, that: “Independent analysis shall be carried out and the independent assessment furnished on an expedited basis. In this respect, every reasonable effort shall be made for the independent analysis to be carried out and the independent assessment furnished within a period of seven days from the date of receipt of the match officials’ report.”