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Shillingford action illegal, banned

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Shillingford action illegal, banned

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended West Indies offspinner Shane Shillingford from bowling in international matches because of illegal action.
The ICC said in a statement today that an independent biomechanical analysis found the amount of elbow extension in Shillingford’s bowling arm exceeded the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under regulations.
Shillingford will be unable to bowl in international matches “until such time that he has submitted to a fresh analysis, which concludes that he has remedied his bowling action”.
The ICC has banned Shillingford’s teammate and fellow-offspinner, Marlon Samuels, from bowling his quicker deliveries on similar grounds. He is allowed to bowl his normal off-break deliveries in international matches.
Both bowlers were reported during last month’s Test between India and the West Indies.
Associate professor Jacque Alderson and her team at the University of West Australia (UWA) performed independent analysis of both bowlers in Perth on November 29.
The players have 14 days to lodge written appeals to the ICC against the UWA’s findings.