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ICC suspends Indian off-spinner from bowling in international cricket

International Cricket Council has suspended Indian off-spinner Ambati Rayudu from bowling in international cricket.

Ambati Rayudu was suspended from bowling in international cricket by the International Cricket Council, a media release said on Monday.

Rayudu, who had been reported during the first ODI against Australia, failed to submit a bowling action test in the given timeline and has hence been penalised.

The Indian player opted against getting his suspect action tested within the stipulated 14-day period.

Ambati Rayudu was reported for a suspect bowling action in the first one-day international against Australia,

“The player elected not to submit to a test of his bowling action within the stipulated period of 14 days of being reported for a suspect action, and therefore he has been suspended with immediate effect,” the ICC said in a statement.

The suspension was done in accordance with clause 4.2 of the ICC regulations which deals with the legality of bowling actions.

“The suspension will remain in place until he is tested, and can demonstrate he is able to bowl with a legal action,” the world body stated.

However, according to article 11.5 of the ICC regulations and with the consent of the BCCI, the 33-year-old is free to bowl in domestic cricket.

The Andhra Pradesh cricketer is primarily a middle-order batsman and has a mere three wickets from the 121 ODI deliveries he has bowled in his 49-match ODI career so far.

He has been handed the ball on only nine occasions in the 50-over format and has never bowled in T20 Internationals. Rayudu bowled just two overs in the match against Australia that got his action reported, giving away 13 runs. India lost that match by 34 runs.

‘There’s a lot of Murali there’

“There’s a lot of Murali in that,” Mark Waugh said during commentary, while Michael Vaughan and Isa Guha both agreed.

India’s Ambati Rayudu (right) has been reported for a suspect bowling action that has been compared by cricket legends to polarising off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan (left).

“There’s a lot of Murali there. Almost looks identical,” Vaughan added.

Muralitharan is cricket’s greatest ever wicket-taker (1,334 Test and ODI wickets), whose action was regularly scrutinised by the ICC for a suspected throwing action. He was most notably repeatedly no-balled by umpire Darrell Hair in the 1995 Boxing Day Test.

The ICC in 2005 eventually relaxed its rules to allow bowlers to extend their elbows up to 15 degrees. Only five degrees was previously allowed for spinners.

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