Suspect Actions Advisory Group (SAAG)
Cricket Victoria has established an advisory group specifically to deal with suspect actions. The SAAG comprises Tim McCaskill, Shaun Graf and Richard Patterson, with the ability to co-opt as required.
In any Cricket Victoria Premier match, if there is a doubt, the first mention* is to be made by the umpire(s) to Cricket Victoria on a note, separate from the Match Report, naming the bowler and expressing what the concerns are. Upon receipt, we make contact with the club Administration Officer/Secretary and club coach and ask the club to investigate the matter and take remedial action if necessary.
If there is a second mention* (same process – umpire(s) make a separate report to Cricket Victoria), the bowler will then be requested to undergo a Fast Bowling Unit analysis. The first session will be at the expense of Cricket Victoria. Further sessions are available, if desired, at the cost of the club or the individual. (The cost is approximately $65 per session). The bowler/club is provided with a video analysis and a report. At the analysis session, Tim McCaskill will consult with the bowler on areas he can work on to rectify any problems he may have with his action.
There will be an 8 week “intervention period” following this analysis to allow remedial work to be undertaken. During this intervention period the player will be permitted to bowl in matches.
Umpires will be advised of the player’s situation.
(If there is any doubt* during this intervention period then the umpire(s) will continue to make a separate report to Cricket Victoria).
Should the bowler/club decide not to co-operate or participate in this part of the procedure the player will immediately be classified as Level 4, and will be suspended from bowling for 12 months.
Following the intervention period, at Level 2, should there be a further mention* the bowler will not be permitted to bowl in Premier Cricket for a further period of 8 weeks. This is to allow any remedial work to be continued, without the pressures of bowling in matches.
Following Levels 1,2 & 3 if the bowler is mentioned* again, he will not be permitted to bowl in Premier Cricket for a period of 12 months.
“The procedure is ongoing and players do not return to Level 1 each season. Each mention will progress the procedure, irrespective of time”.
If a player suspended from bowling at Level 4 resumes bowling after the specified suspension period, and he is mentioned* again, he is immediately at Level 4 and suspension from bowling will apply forthwith.
*THIS ENTIRE PROCESS DOES NOT PRECLUDE ANY UMPIRE FROM CALLING A BOWLER FOR THROWING, AT ANY TIME, IF THE UMPIRE IS IN NO DOUBT.
Throughout the process clubs and coaches are to act in the best interests of the player and cricket in general with the overall welfare of the player and the game being the prime considerations.