Shillingford Cleared For Return To International Cricket
West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford has been cleared to return to international cricket after his remodelled bowling action met the approval of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
His action was reported following a Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle in November and he has since undergone five months of intense remedial work.
Following a successful biomedical analysis conducted at the University of Western Australia on 25th May, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has been notified of his availability once again.
"I am extremely happy that I have been cleared to continue playing international cricket. It has been what I always wanted to do and having to overcome this hurdle has made me stronger and more determined to succeed," Shillingford said.
"I put in a lot of hard work over the past few months and I must thank the West Indies Cricket Board for the support and particularly the Sagicor High Performance Centre where the majority of the work was done.
"The HPC has proven to be a tremendous benefit to me in these challenging times and I have nothing but praise for the centre.
"I want to specially thank coaches Gibson, Springer, Radford, Coley and Kentish and my manager Darwin Telemaque for their support and guidance throughout this process."
Shillingford is now poised to resume an international career which has so far saw him play five Tests, although his next battle is to get back into the side with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo the current first-choice slow bowler.
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