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Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya suspended from bowling for suspect action

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Sri Lanka off-spinner Akila Dananjaya has been handed a suspension from bowling on an immediate effect due to an illegal action, as announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday.

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The right-arm tweaker was first reported for a suspect action during Sri Lanka’s home series against England where they were whitewashed 0-3 by the visitors.

Dananjaya had his bowling action assessed on November 23 in Brisbane which showed that the balls he bowled went past the 15 degrees level of tolerance under the current regulations of the ICC.

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“The International Cricket Council today announced that an independent assessment has found the bowling action of Sri Lanka’s off-spinner Akila Dananjaya to be illegal and, as such he has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect,” read a statement from the world body.

All national cricket federations can enforce this suspension on the 25-year old although he would be able to play in domestic cricket with permission from the Sri Lanka Cricket Board.

Dananjaya has played five Test matches since his debut in February and now has to bring about a change in his bowling action before he undergoes further tests.

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