The UP spinner was playing in the CK Nayudu Trophy and the delivery was declared a 'dead ball' by the umpire.

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news Cricket Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 22:12

Left-arm spinner Shiva Singh who was representing Uttar Pradesh in the under-23 CK Nayudu Trophy has opened a new debate after bowling a bizarre ‘360-degree swirl’ delivery during a match against Bengal.

 The left-arm orthodox spinner who was bowling from around the wicket was nearing the popping crease during his run-up and then spun around a full 360 degrees before delivering the ball.

 The batsman defended the ball with relative ease but umpire Vinod Seshan immediately deemed the delivery to be a ‘dead ball’.

Shiva told ESPNcricinfo that this was not the first time he had used the spin move. "I delivered this 360-degree ball against Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well, where it was fine. Batsman always go for the reverse-sweep or the switch-hit against bowlers. But when bowlers do something like this, it's deemed a dead ball,” he said

 "I use different variations in one-dayers and T20s so I thought of doing the same because the Bengal batsmen were developing a partnership," Shiva said. "The umpires said dead ball, so I asked "why are you calling it a dead ball?” he added.

The incident has sparked debate on social media with numerous people giving their take on the delivery in question. While some feel the run-up is irrelevant as long as the ball was released normally, others felt that the swirl was a deliberate attempt to distract the batsman and hence should not be allowed.

The ICC rules on unfair actions state:

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.

The bowler’s end umpire shall:

If this is a first offence by that side:

- Summon the offending player’s captain and issue a first and final warning which shall apply to all members of the team for the remainder of the match.   

- Warn the offending player’s captain that any further such offence by any member of his/her team shall result in the award of 5 Penalty runs to the opposing team. 

If this is a second or subsequent offence by that side

- Award 5 Penalty runs to the opposing side.

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