ICC suspends Akila Dananjaya from bowling in international cricket

ICC suspends Akila Dananjaya from bowling in international cricket

His bowling action was reported during the recent England series.

Akila Dananjaya Sri Lankan players
Akila Dananjaya of Sri Lanka  (Photo Source: Francois Nel/Getty Images)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) 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 assessment revealed that his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations. 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.

Reported during England series

Dananjaya was reported with a suspect bowling action during the first Test against England, which the visitors won by 211 runs in Galle and had undergone an independent assessment of his bowling action on 23 November 2018 at the National Cricket Centre, Brisbane. Dananjaya can apply for a re-assessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with clause 4.5 of the Regulations.

This comes as a huge blow for Akila Dananjaya, the mystery spinner from Sri Lanka, ahead of the World Cup which is set to take place in May. He was also in the plans of the island nation for mega event and it remains to be seen if he comes back quickly with the remodelled action. Moreover, it will also have to be observed if the cricketer will be effective enough with his new action.

Saeed Ajmal lost all his magic after changing his action and in the process lost his place in national side eventually taking retirement earlier this year.

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