Tuesday 14 April 2009 

Johan Botha Reported For Second Time

Johan Botha Reported For Second Time
Johan Botha Reported For Second Time
© REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA). Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

South African off-spinner and One Day International vice-captain Johan Botha has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action for the second time in his career.

The match officials reported him following the fourth One Day International against South Africa in Port Elzabeth and his quicker ball and 'doosra' have alerted the suspicions of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Botha will now undergo independent analysis of his action and if found to be bowling with an illegal action, he will be banned from bowling in international cricket until he undergoes remedial action.

"This will take place as soon as possible, and within a maximum period of 21 days from receipt by Cricket South Africa (CSA) of formal notice of the report by the ICC," a statement from the ICC confirmed.

"Within 14 days of that independent analysis being carried out, the appointed specialist will supply the ICC with a written report advising the outcome of the biomechanical assessment. This will confirm whether the action used by the off-spinner in the fourth ODI was legal or illegal.

"If the player is found to have been bowling with an illegal action he will be suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect. He would have the option of applying to the ICC for a re-assessment of his bowling action at any time in order to return to bowling in international cricket.

"Botha will be allowed to play international cricket until the biomechanical report has been completed, at the discretion of CSA."

Botha was first banned in 2006, when his action was reported in Australia during the third Test in Sydney.

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