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Senanayake Banned From Bowling

Sachithra Senanayake
Sachithra Senanayake has been banned from bowling in international cricket
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Sri Lankan off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake has had his action assessed as illegal and been banned from bowling in international cricket.

He was reported following the One-Day International series in England and travelled to Cardiff, where his action was independently assessed.

The report of that assessment has now been passed to Sri Lanka Cricket, who revealed in a statement today:

"The Standard ICC Illegal Action Testing Protocol was used to assess the degree of elbow extension from the point of upper arm horizontal to ball release within the bowling action.

"15-degree elbow extension threshold was exceeded in the four deliveries considered to be suspect in the 4th ODI played at Lords.

"The report concludes that Sachithra bowled with an illegal bowling action and consequently he is banned from bowling in international cricket, effective immediately.

"This matter will be referred to the SLC Cricket Committee for their recommendation."

Senanayake was allowed to bowl during the recent three-match ODI series against South Africa while the report was being compiled.

As per normal ICC regulations, he will not be able to bowl in international cricket again until his action has been assessed again and cleared.

To date, he has played one Test, 35 ODIs and 17 Twenty20 Internationals.

An ICC statement confirmed the suspension.

"The International Cricket Council today confirmed that an independent test had found the bowling action of Sri Lanka off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake to be illegal and, as such, the player has been suspended from bowling in international cricket," it read.
"A comprehensive analysis revealed that all deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the relevant regulations.

"Senanayake, who was reported after the fourth One-Day International against England at Lord’s last month, can apply for re-assessment after he has modified his bowling action in accordance with clause 2.4 of the Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions."

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