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Ambati Rayudu suspended from bowling in international cricket

The 33-year-old India player was reported on 13 January for a suspect action.

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The International Cricket Council today announced that Ambati Rayudu has been suspended from bowling in international cricket.

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 in accordance with clause 4.2 of the ICC regulations, which can be found here. The suspension will remain in place until he is tested, and can demonstrate he is able to bowl with a legal action.

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The 33-year-old India player was reported on 13 January for a suspect action during the first one-day international of their series against Australia in Sydney.

However, according to Article 11.5 of the Regulations and with the consent of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Rayudu may be allowed to bowl in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of the BCCI.

Tumultuous times for Rayudu

Rayudu last bowled during the first ODI against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He rolled his arms overs for a couple of overs and conceded only 13 runs. Parking aside his bowling attributes, he also has had a struggling time with the bat in hand. Previously, the Indian team management said that he would be trusted in the number four slot for the World Cup in England and Wales.

He was impressive in the ODI series against the Windies. However, he couldn’t quite turn it on against the Aussies. Following two failures in Sydney and Adelaide, the Guntur-born was dropped for the decider at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). MS Dhoni replaced him at number four and played a match-winning knock of 87 to see his team through.

Nevertheless, Rayudu played the first three match against New Zealand and didn’t flatter to deceive by any stretch of the imagination.

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