ICC clears Snehal Pradhan`s bowling action

Dubai: The ICC declared Indian women`s cricket team bowler Snehal Pradhan`s bowling action as legal and said the medium pacer can now resume bowling in international cricket.

The 25-year-old from Pune, who was reported for suspected bowling action following the completion of an ODI between England and India in June last year, had to undergo some significant remedial work and an independent test found her bowling action to be legal.

A comprehensive analysis revealed that her mean elbow extension was now within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the relevant regulations but she has been advised to be conscious of ensuring her elbow flexion levels are minimised at upper arm horizontal to ensure she remains well within the extension tolerance threshold.

During the original test on July 20 last year, the analysis had showed that the amount of elbow extension in Pradhan`s bowling action for all her deliveries exceeded the 15-degree level of tolerance by an average of two degrees.

In the wake of that test Pradhan was suspended from bowling in international cricket and subsequently underwent significant remedial work to modify her action.

Pradhan was reported by on-field umpires Jeff Evans and Graham Lloyd, following an one-dayer between England and India on June 30 at the Country Ground in Derby.

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

Pradhan`s action, however, will continue to be scrutinised by match officials to ensure it remains legal.