International Cricket Council bans Sri Lanka spin bowler

Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya has been banned from bowling for one year by the ICC after his most-recent round of testing.

Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya from bowling in international cricket for 12 months following an independent assessment of his action.

Dananjaya’s action was tested after the legality of his bowling action came under question by match officials in the first Test against New Zealand in Galle last month.

The 25-year-old then underwent testing in India on August 29, and the independent assessment deemed his action was illegal.

The right-arm spinner was originally suspended from bowling in December 2018. After remedial work on his bowling action, he was later reassessed and permitted to resume bowling in February 2019.

“As the latest report constitutes the player’s second report within a two-year period, the first of which led to a suspension, he is automatically suspended from bowling in international cricket for a period of 12 months,” the ICC said in a statement.

“Dananjaya will be entitled to approach the ICC for a re-assessment of his bowling action after the expiry of this one-year period.”

© Island Cricket

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