Senanayake mankaded! ICC 'chucks' Sri Lankan spinner out from international cricket
New Delhi: Sri Lankan off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake, who was recently in news for ‘mankading’ English batsman Jos Buttler in an ODI, has been banned from international cricket with immediate effect over dodgy bowling action, Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) confirmed on Saturday.
The wily spinner has been found guilty of exceeding the 15-degree limit in the suspect deliveries tested, International Cricket Council Bowling Action Legality Assessment Report has claimed.
The test was conducted by the Cardiff Metropolitan University Cardiff School of Sport in England.
“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,” the SLC statement read.
“The 15-degree elbow extension threshold was exceeded in the four deliveries considered to be suspect in the fourth ODI played at Lord’s.
“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,” says the statement.
Senanayake, 29, who has played 37 ODIs and a solitary Test for Sri Lanka, was earlier subjected to biomechanical tests in the University of Western Australia. The tests concluded that he adhered to ICC’s 15-degree ruling during Sri Lanka’s A tour of England in 2011.
He was, however, forced to undergo further tests again after Marais Erasmus and Ian Gould, the on-field umpires, reported his action during the fourth England-Sri Lanka ODI at Lord’s on May 31, and all four types of deliveries for which he was tested were found to exceed the prescribed bending limit.
Image courtesy: AFP. Senanayake has played 37 ODIs, 1 Test and 17 T20Is for Sri Lanka.
All four types of deliveries for which he was tested were found to exceed the prescribed bending limit.