Spinner Akila Dananjaya Suspended For Illegal Bowling Action

Tanuja Saikhom | 2 months ago

Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after his action was found illegal. The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday said an independent assessment in Brisbane ruled that his deliveries “exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.”

The 25-year-old off-spinner, who had been the most consistent bowler in Sri Lanka's ODI ranks over the past year, made his Test debut in February against Bangladesh. 

Dananjaya was reported during the Test against England in November, which the visitors won by 211 runs in Galle. He had undergone an independent assessment of his bowling action on 23 November 2018 at the National Cricket Centre, Brisbane, ICC said.

ICC also said the suspension will be recognized by all national cricket federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction.

“In accordance with Article 11.1 of the ICC Regulations For The Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspect Illegal Bowling Actions, Dananjaya’s international suspension will also be recognized and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction,” the council said.

However, he can bowl in Sri Lanka domestic cricket events on their soil.

“According to Article 11.5 of the Regulations and with the consent of the Sri Lanka Cricket, Dananjaya may be able to bowl in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of the SLC,” it said.

Dananjaya played five Tests for his country and earned 27 wickets. He has achieved 30 caps and 46 wickets for ODI side.

ICC said he can resume bowling in international cricket only after modifying his bowling action.

Dananjaya can apply for a re-assessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with clause 4.5 of the Regulations, it said.