Marlon Samuels reported for suspect action
This is the third time that Samuels has been reported for a suspect action in his career, with the first two instances happening in 2008 and 2013.
Samuels was initially suspended from bowling in 2008 and underwent remedial work on his action following which he was allowed to bowl again in September 2011.
The 34-year-old was reported once more in November 2013 in the second Test against India in Mumbai necessitating a reassessment.
After undergoing the test, Samuels was cleared to bowl his stock off-break delivery but was banned from bowling his quicker delivery, which exceeded the permitted limit of 15 degrees elbow extension.
In a media release the International Cricket Council (ICC) stated that Samuels will have to undergo an independent assessment within 14 days.
“West Indies’ Marlon Samuels has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the first Test against Sri Lanka, which the home side by an innings and six runs in Galle on Saturday," the ICC confirmed.
“The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the West Indies team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 34-year-old’s bowling action.
“Samuels’ bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is.
“He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Samuels is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.”
Samuels bowled 27 overs in the first Test against Sri Lanka and returned figures of one for 84, including four maiden overs.
As per ICC regulations, Samuels is clear to bowl in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo which begins on 22nd October.
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