ICC Clears Shane Shillingford’s Bowling Action

West Indies’ off-spinner underwent remedial work and further testing and is now free to bowl again at international level.

The International Cricket Council today confirmed that following significant remedial work, an independent test has found the bowling action of the West Indies’ off-spinner Shane Shillingford to be legal and, as such, the player can resume bowling in international cricket.

A comprehensive analysis revealed that his mean elbow extension was now comfortably within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the relevant regulations. During the original test in December 2010, his mean elbow extension had been calculated to be in excess of 15 degrees.

In the wake of that test Shillingford was suspended from bowling in international cricket and subsequently underwent significant remedial work to modify his action. The 28-year-old from Dominica was originally reported by the umpires following the Galle Test against Sri Lanka in November 2010.

This latest independent analysis was performed by Prof. Bruce Elliott, member of the ICC Panel of Human Movement Specialists, at the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth, on 25 May.

It is important to point out that under this process, as with all bowlers, Shillingford’s action will continue to be scrutinised by match officials to ensure it remains legal.

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