SACA response re. Johan Botha biomechanical analysis

07 Oct 2013 - Community/Country Cricket, General News, Redbacks, SACA

The South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) has today been advised by Cricket Australia (CA) that West End Redbacks’ captain Johan Botha will undergo biomechanical analysis of his bowling action after being cited for a doubtful bowling action.

General Manager High Performance Jamie Cox today said, “We acknowledge that there is a process to be undertaken and the SACA will support Johan and work with him though this process.

“Johan will continue to lead our team in this week’s RYOBI One Day Cup fixtures and will complete the biomechanical analysis within the 14 day timeframe given by Cricket Australia.

“Johan has been through this process before earlier in his career and we support him in going through this process again.”

Under CA’s Doubtful Bowling Action Procedure, a bowler must undergo testing after a single mention for a suspected illegal bowling action in an interstate season. For the 2013-14 season onwards this policy has changed to a single mention, rather than the previous requirement of three mentions.

All the umpires (three in TV games, two in non-TV matches) must agree to the ‘mention’ of a Doubtful Bowling Action and must sign the report form.

CA’s policy requires cited bowlers to undergo testing within 14 days of being notified. Botha can still play on throughout this period and can only be suspended from bowling if the official report, post the Doubtful Bowling Action Analysis, proves he has an illegal action.

Communication of Botha’s bowling action analysis will follow the testing.

The SACA will make no further comment until after Cricket Australia’s official report has been completed.