• Dananjaya suspension stands

    Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya’s bowling action has been deemed illegal by an independent assessment.

    Dananjaya was bowling from international cricket last month – and the suspension will remain. He will be allowed to bowl in domestic competition, though, with the consent of Sri Lanka Cricket.

    The assessment happened at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane in late November, where the straightening of his right elbow was found to exceed the tolerance limit of 15 degrees.

    ‘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,’ read a statement from the International Cricket Council.

    ‘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.’

    ‘Dananjaya was reported with a suspect bowling action during the first Test against England, which the visitors won by 211 runs in Galle.’

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

    He will be afforded remedial work on his bowling action – and can then apply for a re-assessment.

    The 25-year-old has taken 27 wickets in five Tests. He took seven during the series victory over South Africa in July.

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