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ICC bans Sachithra Senanayake from bowling for illegal action

Senanayake's ban has come with immediate effect. (Source: AP) Senanayake's ban has come with immediate effect. (Source: AP)
Press Trust of India | Colombo | Posted: July 12, 2014 8:42 pm

Off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake has been banned by the ICC for illegal bowling action during Sri Lanka’s tour of England in May.

Senanayake’s ban has come with immediate effect, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said.

SLC said it had received the ICC Bowling Action Legality Assessment Report pertaining to Senanayake. It was conducted by the Cardiff Metropolitan University – Cardiff School of Sport in England.

“The Standard ICC Illegal Action Testing Protocol was used to assess the degree of elbow extension from the point of upper arm horizontal to ball release within the bowling action,” the report said.

“15-degree elbow extension threshold was exceeded in the four deliveries considered to be suspect in the 4th ODI played at Lords.”

The report concludes that Sachithra bowled with an illegal bowling action and consequently he is banned from bowling in international cricket, effective immediately.

Senanayake was reported for illegal action during Sri Lanka’s tour of England in May.

The 29 year old played a Test, 37 ODIs and 17 T2Os for Sri Lanka taking 58 international wickets.

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