Anil Kumble, ICC
Anil Kumble says the ICC has helped the bowlers with suspect action to get better. Image Courtesy: Getty

Former India captain and head coach, Anil Kumble feels the ICC has done an excellent job in tackling the suspected bowling actions with the new ‘Power bat technology’. While international cricket is banking heavily on the new-age technology, the bowlers are also working hard to make their bowling actions correct.

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Moreover, Anil Kumble feels ICC’s proactive approach helped bring down the number of bowlers with suspect action.

“A fair bit (has been done) from the ICC perspective in terms of looking at suspected actions and making sure that world cricket gets rid of that (suspected bowling actions). And the focus has been (that). Over the last few years, you don’t hear too many issues (suspect bowling action) coming up… I think overall ICC has done a great job in controlling that,” Anil Kumble said.

The Power Bat uses a small IoT-enabled sticker on its rear to collect data points such as velocity and twist on impact, power, and rotation.

Anil Kumble, ICC
Anil Kumble says the ICC has helped cut down chucking among bowlers.

However, speaking during an event, organized by Microsoft Corp. and his technology start-up, Spektacom Technologies, with support from Star India, Anil Kumble revealed about the same. Kumble says the company has developed a tech-enabled cricket bat that can provide more batting data to players and fans.

Moreover, VVS Laxman, Robin Uthappa, Abhinav Mukund, and Ian Bishop also attended the event. They answered the questions whether such technology could be used to tackle suspected bowling action as well.  The spin legend, Anil Kumble believed it is indeed feasible.

Furthermore, the Power bat got underway during the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). The batsmen were happy with the technology and claimed it had benefited a lot. In addition to that, Mukund also admitted the technology indeed helped the batters in the longer run. Also, former India Test specialist, VVS Laxman also believed the technology would surely help in the T20 leagues.

Arijit Chatterjee

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