Cricket Bowler Bowling Left Arm Round Rotation – Why was This a Dead Ball?

Bowler Rotates 360 degrees Around His Own Body

A bowler’s curious call to change his bowling action has resulted in a huge talk about the legality of his bowling. Look at the video and judge for yourself.

This is in a Under-23 CK Nayudu match between Uttar Pradesh and Bengal in Kalyani and the bowler, Shiva Singh, a left-arm orthodox spinner, runs in like he would normally but suddenly decides he wants to rotate around his own body’s axis. In doing so, he also keeps running towards the batsman and delivers the ball.

The batsman does well to defend the delivery but the unconvinced umpire calls it a dead ball. The fielding team isn’t so convinced with the Dead Ball call either and tries to reason with the umpire but the official has used law 41.2 which allows the umpires to decide on whether or not it’s fair play.

It states:

“The umpires shall be the sole judges of fair and unfair play. If either umpire considers an action, not covered by the Laws, to be unfair he/she shall intervene without appeal and, if the ball is in play, call and signal Dead ball.”

And then there’s Law 41.9 which deals with unfair bowling action that says:

“If an umpire considers that any action by a player, not covered in the Laws, is unfair, he/she shall call and signal Dead ball, if appropriate, as soon as it becomes clear that the call will not disadvantage the non-offending side, and report the matter to the other umpire.”

Apparently the on-field umpires considered the bowler’s action as distracting and decided not to allow him to bowl with it.

What do your think? Should such actions be allowed and if not, why do you think batsmen should be allowed to get away with the Switch Hits?

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