Monday 16 December 2013 

Shillingford Suspended, Samuels Restricted

Shane Shillingford, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Shane Shillingford (centre) has been suspended from bowling in international cricket and Marlon Samuels (left) cannot bowl his quicker ball
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West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford has been suspended from bowling in international cricket and team-mate Marlon Samuels has been banned from bowling his quicker ball.

The pair were reported following the second Test against India and travelled to Perth to have their bowling actions independently assessed.

Following assessment, Shillingford's action has been found to be illegal and Samuels, when bowling his quicker delivery, is also guilty of bending his arm more than the permitted 15 degrees.

Shillingford, who has been suspended from bowling once before, between November 2010 and June 2011, is now unable to bowl until his action has been independently assessed as legal once again.

While Samuels is allowed to bowl in international cricket, he will not be permitted to bowl his quicker delivery.

The independent reports were prepared by Associate Professor Jaque Alderson and the players have the right to appeal, although they must do so in writing within 14 days.

Samuels was also banned from bowling in February 2008 before returning to action in September 2011.

The result of the tests mean that Shillingford will be ruled out of the third and final Test against New Zealand, which begins on 19th December.

© Cricket World 2013

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