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Sri Lankan off-spinner banned by ICC

The International Cricket Council today announced that Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya has been banned from bowling in international cricket for 12 months because of his illegal action.

Sri Lankan off-spinner Akila Dananjaya was banned from bowling in international matches after his bowling action was found to be illegal, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said.

Akila Dananjaya (R) has played six Tests, 36 ODIs and 22 T20 matches for Sri Lanka. Photo: ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP / Getty Images

On 11 November, 2018 Akila Dananjaya was reported with a suspect bowling action during the first Test against England, which the visitors won by 211 runs on Friday.

The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Sri Lanka team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 25-year-old’s bowling action.

Umpires questioned his style in the first Test against New Zealand at Galle in August, the ICC said.

Later in December 2018, The bowling action of Sri Lanka’s off-spinner Akila Dananjaya to be illegal and, he was suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.

The assessment revealed that his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations. Photo: Getty Images

After that in February 2019, International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that following remedial work and reassessment, the bowling action of Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya has been found to be legal and he can resume bowling in international cricket.

Dananjaya’s remodeled bowling action was assessed in Chennai on 2 February, where it was revealed that the amount of elbow extension for all his deliveries was within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations.

However, he was found to have an illegal action after being reported again last month (August), the ICC said.

“As the latest report constitutes the player´s second report within a two-year period, the first of which led to a suspension, he is automatically suspended from bowling in international cricket for a period of 12 months,” the ICC said in a statement.

It said he will be entitled to approach the ICC for a re-assessment of his bowling action after the expiry of this one-year period.

Dananjaya had opted out of the six-match limited overs tournament starting September 27 in Pakistan.

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