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Marlon Samuels allowed to bowl in second ODI

Marlon Samuels allowed to bowl in second ODI
Marlon Samuels will be prohibited from bowling in international cricket from the third ODI against Sri Lanka onwards
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday confirmed that West Indian all-rounder Marlon Samuels can continue bowling in the ongoing second One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Samuels was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on 19th October.

As per guidelines set out by the ICC, Samuels had to undergo a biomechanical test within 14 days from the date he was reported in order to have his action re-assessed.

However, Samuels decided not to undergo the test by the deadline of 1st November, which meant that the West Indian all-rounder was suspended from bowling, effective from 2nd November. 

Before the start of the second ODI, the West Indian team was wrongly informed by the ICC that Samuels was allowed to bowl in the game.

A media release issued by the ICC confirmed the error, while stating that Samuels will be allowed to bowl in the second ODI after which he will be suspended from bowling.

In the match, West Indies managed to post 214 all out in 37.4 overs (the match being reduced to 38 overs per side because of rain) riding on half-centuries from Samuels and Johnson Charles. 

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