CRICKET: Former WI bowler says umpires, ICC picking on Shillingford, Samuels
Former West Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts has accused some umpires and the world governing body for cricket of targeting West Indies bowlers Marlon Samuels of Jamaica and Shane Shillingford of Dominica.
Both players were reported for suspected action by umpires during the second Test between West Indies and India Mumbai.
Roberts says there are many other bowlers who should be called for suspected action but added that those in authority lack the conviction to point them out.
Roberts says the umpires are picking on Shillingford and Samuels to some extent when there are so many pelters around the world that they are not calling.
Samuels and Shillingford were reported on November 15 – the end of the second day’s play between West Indies and India – by on-field umpires Richard Kettleborough and Nigel Llong.
TV umpire Andy Pycroft handed over copies of the reports to the West Indies team manager after the conclusion of the Test.
The umpires’ reports have cited concerns over the two players’ bowling actions, with particular references to Samuels’ “quicker delivery”.
Roberts says the International Cricket Council should consider placing a ban on the famous doosra delivery if they are not going to penalise offenders across the board.
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