Anil Kumble believes bowlers with illegal actions can return quickly after remedial work



India’s legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble has said that he believes that bowlers who are under scrutiny for suspect action could quickly return to competition following remedial work.

The 44-year-old spinner is the head of cricket committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC), which in June this year recommended stringent measures against bowlers with suspect actions and it resulted in the suspension of high profile bowlers such as Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal  and Sri Lanka’s Sachitra Senanayake.

Zimbabwe’s Prosper Utseya, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and Bangladesh’s Sohag Gazi were also reported and so was Bangldesh’s paceman Al-Amin Hossain, Sport24 reported. However, Hossain was cleared on Wednesday following a biomechanical analysis.

Those suspended needed remedial work before another assessment to get clearance.

Kumble, who took 619 Tests and 337 one-day wickets, said that necessary corrective measures could help. He said that he is really positive that bowlers who have been reported would make those necessary corrections and would be back.

Kumble added that it is just a matter of time before one sees them back in action. He said that once that happens he doesn’t think they would even discuss anything to do with the angles.

He also said that he himself suffered the problem at an early age. He added that when he started as a 13-year old as a fast bowler he was told to stop by his senior colleagues because they felt that he was bending his arm as a fast bowler.

Kumble, who besides England’s Jim Laker was the only bowler to take all ten wickets in a Test innings, also said that there was no television, no video then so they said that he should not be bowling that way because that came natural to him so immediately he changed to bowling leg-spin.

Kumble also stressed suspect bowling actions should be spotted and corrected at an early age.

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