Monday 14 January 2008 

Marlon Samuels' Fast Ball Action Reported By Umpires

West Indian Marlon Samuels has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during the third and final Test against South Africa in Durban.

The report, made by match umpires Simon Taufel, Aleem Dar and Brian Jerling, relates to off-spinner Samuels' faster delivery.

ICC Match referee Roshan Mahanama has informed both the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the West Indies team management.

In a statement released by the ICC, Mahanama said, "Concerns have been raised by the match officials over the legality of Marlon’s bowling action with particular reference to his ‘fast ball’ when viewed with the naked eye.

"We are therefore requesting the ICC to commission a biomechanical report into the bowler’s fast-ball action in accordance with the process introduced in 2005," he added.

Samuels will now undergo independent analysis of his faster ball and if he is found to be using an illegal action, he will be banned from using the ball until he has his action re-assessed and is cleared to use it.

Samuels is free to play and bowl in international cricket in the meantime.

West Indies lost the three-match series 2-1, with Samuels scoring his second Test century in the final match and taking two wickets.