PILOT PROCESS FOR SUSPECT BOWLING ACTION
The following is the recommended process to be followed in the event that an Umpire has reason to believe that, in his /her opinion, a bowlers action is suspect and may not confirm to the Laws of Cricket.
On the Field of Play
- On the first occurrence the umpire should make a note of the players name, the over and ball.
- On a second occurrence, record as above and at the end of the over consult with his/her colleague.
- Both Umpires then speak to the Fielding Captain and inform him of what has occurred and that the matter will be reported.
- The umpires must not speak to the player, that is the responsibility of the Captain and play should continue without delay.
- The calling of subsequent “No Balls” should be discouraged as finite assessment would not have been made.
- If in the opinion of BOTH Umpires, the suspect action is of such a nature that it could affect the result of the game then TOGETHER they should speak to the Fielding Captain and suggest that the bowler is taken off. If he declines to do so then he is to be informed that any subsequent suspect delivery WILL be called a No Ball.
- Contact the League Umpires Secretary, who will request a written report.
- The League will then deal directly with the players Club
It must be stressed that to accuse a player of an illegal action is tantamount to an accusation of cheating. Therefore when a suspect action is detected umpires should take no action on the field unless is it so blatant or is in real danger of affecting the outcome of the game. Reporting the matter to the Umpires Secretary will ensue that it dealt with in an appropriate manner. This is particularly important in the case of young players.