Prosper Utseya Has Bowling Action Reported

Prosper Utseya (second left) has been reported for bowling with a suspected illegal action
Prosper Utseya (second left) has been reported for bowling with a suspected illegal action
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Zimbabwean all-rounder Prosper Utseya has had his bowling action reported following the recent One-Day International series against South Africa with his arm ball and quicker ball set for further scrutiny.

He was reported following the third match in Bulawayo, which South Africa won by seven wickets to wrap up a 3-0 series win.

Utseya will now have to undergo independent testing of his action, within 21 days, during which time he will still be allowed to bowl in international cricket.

"The match officials’ report, which was handed over to Zimbabwe team manager Stanley Chioza on Thursday, cited concerns regarding Utseya’s arm ball and fast delivery, and concluded that the bowler’s action needed to be tested," an International Cricket Council (ICC) statement confirmed.
"Utseya’s 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 21 days, and, during this period, Utseya is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known."

Utseya is the latest in a number of spinners to come under scrutiny in the past 12 months, following Shane Shillingford, Kane Williamson, Sachithra Senanayake and Saeed Ajmal.

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Fixtures & Results
9th-13th August: Only Test, Harare
South Africa 397 (du Plessis 98) & 44-1 beat
Zimbabwe 256 & 181 (Piedt 4-62) by nine wickets
17th August: 1st ODI, Bulawayo
South Africa 309-3 (Amla 122no) beat
Zimbabwe 216 (H Masakadza 61) by 93 runs
19th August: 2nd ODI, Bulawayo
South Africa 257 (du Plessis 55) beat
Zimbabwe 196 (Williams 55) by 61 runs
21st August: 3rd ODI, Bulawayo
South Africa 171-3 (de Kock 84) beat
Zimbabwe 165 (Chigumbura 90) by seven wickets