International Cricket Council (ICC) which is monitoring every single activity in the game of cricket has now given a thumbs up to New Zealand cricket captain Kane Williamson’s bowling action, calling it fair and legal. The outcome comes after an assessment in Loughborough on October 11.
The international cricket body had earlier set Williamson’s bowling technique at nought and was reported during the Galle Test in August 2019. In a spell that lasted 3 overs of off-spin during that game, he leaked 9 runs and went wicket-less.
However, in the recent development, after a test in an ICC-accredited bio-mechanics centre, it was learnt that the elbow extension of all his deliveries was well within the permissible 15-degree level of tolerance, meaning that his bowling action is legal and he can bowl again.
Williamson’s bowling action was also reported in 2014:
It should be noted that this was the second time that Kane Williamson’s bowling action had come under scanner, something which Kane is well aware of. He was earlier reported in the year 2014 and had to tweak a bit before he could actually bowl in the international cricket again.
On the work front, Kane Williamson is now nursing a hip injury which sidelined him from the ongoing five-match T20I series at home against England. He will be looking forward to bowling again with much more intensity when he comes back in full swing for New Zealand cricket team.