Bowling Under Scrutiny in Domestic Indian Cricket

Cricket - Pragyan OjhaDomestic Indian cricketers find themselves under scrutiny when it comes to bowling. Bowlers are only permitted to bend their elbows up to 15 degrees according to the guidelines laid out for cricket.

The issue has been highlighted since it has been declared that Pragyan Ojha has been bowling illegally, with his elbow bent to more than 15 degrees. Ojha has received a ban from bowling in competitive cricket. His bowling style was tested in Chennai at the ICC’s authorized testing center.

The testing took place after the Hyderabad Cricket Association, his state cricket board, made the request. It seems that Ojha’s bowling style has been carefully watched for over a year already. While he has a history of playing competitively in the international arena, his last international game was over a year ago in November 2013. Before that, he had played in 18 One Day Internationals, and in 24 Tests.

They Hyderabad Cricket Association received a letter explaining that the spinner had been banned. As a result, Ojha was not included in the squad chosen for the Ranji Trophy. Ojha also plays for the Mumbai Indians, and had not been included to play with the franchise in this year’s IPL.

Ojha, and other players who receive this kind of ban, will need to take part in a rehabilitation program if they wish to return to competitive cricket. Should the necessary goals be reached during the rehabilitation period, the action banning Ojha will be lifted.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has set up a three member panel that have the sole purpose of weeding out illegal actions in the Indian domestic cricket world. The committee is made up of the umpire, AV Jayaprakash, as well as S Venkatraghavan, and Javagal Srinath.

The BCCI is certainly of the opinion that these problems should be dealt with on a domestic level before they become problematic in the international arena.