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Sri Lankan off-spinner suspended by ICC

DUBAI (AFP) – Sri Lanka off-spinner Akila Dananjaya has been suspended from bowling in international cricket over an illegal action, the International Cricket Council announced on Monday.

Dananjaya was reported over a suspect bowling action during last month s first Test of the England series in Sri Lanka, which the tourists won by 211 runs on their way to a 3-0 whitewash.

He underwent an independent assessment of his bowling action on November 23 in Brisbane which revealed his deliveries exceeded the 15-degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.

Sri Lankan cricketer Akila Dananjaya celebrates with his team mates after taking a wicket during the 5th One Day International cricket match between Sri Lanka and England at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Tuesday 23 October 2018 (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

In accordance with Article 11.1 of the ICC Regulations For The Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspect Illegal Bowling Actions, Dananjaya’s international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction.

However, according to Article 11.5 of the Regulations and with the consent of the Sri Lanka Cricket, Dananjaya may be able to bowl in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of the SLC.

“The International Cricket Council today announced that an independent assessment has found the bowling action of Sri Lanka s off-spinner Akila Dananjaya to be illegal and, as such he has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect,” the ICC said in a statement.

Dananjaya’s suspension will be also enforced by all national cricket federations for domestic matches, though he may be able to play domestically in Sri Lanka with the permission of Sri Lanka Cricket.

Dananjaya can apply for a re-assessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with clause 4.5 of the Regulations.

The 25-year-old, who has played five Tests since making his debut against Bangladesh in February, must now modify his action before applying for further testing and possible reinstatement.

 

 

 

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