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Cricket: ICC Approves Radical Rule change to Tackle Suspect Bowling Actions

The International Cricket Council has approved proposals to radically change the way the sport deals with suspect bowling actions.

At a meeting in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday the ICC Chief Executive's Committee approved suggestions from a panel of former cricketers chaired by Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar.

The decision means changes in the testing, analysis and review procedures used at the international level.

The new regulations include provisions allowing the straightening of a bowler's arm up to 15 degrees during a delivery - the amount visible to the naked eye.

A shorter, independent review process under the central control of the ICC will also be implemented. Bowlers found to have used illegal actions will be immediately suspended.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.