Last March, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) finally sat up and took notice of the illegal bowling actions in domestic cricket but it took them more than three months to form the review committee, just days before the Dhaka Premier League ended in June.
The board had become concerned only after national team duo Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny were suspended for illegal bowling action during the World T20.
Both bowlers are working on their action since last April. Taskin played the Dhaka Premier League from start to finish, starring in Abahani’s championship winning team with 26 wickets at an average of 21.07. Sunny interestingly kept himself away from the matches for most of the tournament, playing only four matches in which he took two wickets. He kept himself away from most of the league and opted to work on his action on his own.
He is bowling with a different bowling action these days. According to BCB sources, he is regularly sending video footage to Tigers assistant coach Ruwan Kalpage.
It was also learned Sunny is likely to appear for the bowling test next month.
BCB’s bowling coach Mahbub Ali Zaki, who worked with Taskin, informed that if their progress went well the fast bowler will appear for the bowling test ahead of the England series which is scheduled for October.
“I have been working with Taskin for some time now and so far he is looking good with his bowling action,” Zaki told Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
“If things went well Taskin may give the official bowling action test before the upcoming England series however we are planning to take few tests personally in the next few days. So far we did not tinkered his action a lot and tried to kept his action like it was previously and he is comfortable with it,” he said.
Meanwhile the BCB’s bowling action review committee will start working with two of eleven suspected bowlers of the recently concluded DPL from today, informed Jalal Younus the head of the committee.
“We will start working with two bowlers from tomorrow (today). We will install the cameras by this time. On the first day we will work with the two bowlers Amit Kumar and Naeem Islam jr,” said Jalal.