Thursday 30 October 2008 

Abdur Razzaq Reported By Test Umpires

Bangladesh left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action by umpires Daryl Harper and Asoka de Silva after the second Test against New Zealand in Mirpur.

A report prepared by the umpires highlighted concerns over the player's quicker ball and having monitored it during both the One Day International and Test series, decided it needed further scrutiny.

He becomes the latest spinner whose faster ball has come in for further analysis, following the likes of Marlon Samuels, and Johan Botha, who were both eventually banned after biomechanical tests.

Footage of his bowling will now be analysed by the player in consultation with ICC and BCB officials within 21 days and if his action is found to be illegal, he will be banned from bowling it until he undertakes remedial action although if only one particular delivery is deemed to be illegal, he will be allowed to bowl, but not bowl the offending delivery.

Razzak has to date taken seven wickets in five Tests and 110 wickets in 79 One Day Internationals.

Bangladesh lost the series in question 2-1 (ODIs) and 1-0 (Tests).

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