Suspended Dananjaya remodelling his action in time for World Cup return

‘We are hoping he’d be ready by the South African series’ — Asanka Gurusinha

Akila Dananjaya could return to international cricket soon

Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya, who was suspended by the ICC earlier this month after his bowling action was deemed illegal, is currently remodelling his action and could return to international cricket in time for the World Cup, according to reports in the Sri Lankan media.

“We are hoping he’d be ready by the South African series, but one thing I have told the SLC and the Head Coach is that we should not rush him,” the head of SLC’s high performance centre Asanka Gurusinha told Sri Lanka’s Sunday Times.

“Once we feel he is ready to bowl, we will give him a match under test conditions to see where he stands,” Gurusinha added. “If we can be satisfied with the progress he’s made, we will lobby with the ICC to clear him.”

The report by the Sunday Times further revealed Dananjaya “flexed as much as 23 degrees in some deliveries” and “most of his deliveries exceeded the legal limit.”

Referring to Dananjaya’s suspension as a “big blow for Sri Lanka”, Kumar Sangakkara told reporters in Colombo this week it was “not easy” for a bowler to “re-model the action overnight.”

“All the coaches and the players will have to work hard to rectify it and I see a clear pathway and a strong comeback,” Sangakkara remarked.

Mahela Jayawardena, who was also reportedly present at the press conference at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Thursday, stated Dananjaya “will not have to make any serious changes but remodel his action slightly to get back soon.”

Dananjaya was reported with a suspect bowling action during the first Test against England in November, and he underwent testing of his bowling action on November 23 at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

© Island Cricket

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