Botha reported for suspected action

April 14th, 2009 - 10:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, April 14 (IANS) South African off-spinner Johan Botha has been reported for a suspected bowling action by the match officials after the fourth One-dayer against Australia Monday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed Tuesday.
The report was made by the two on-field umpires, Brian Jerling and Asoka de Silva, along with third umpire Rudi Koertzen.

Match referee Ranjan Madugalle has informed both the ICC and the South Africa team management of the report, as per the ICC regulations.

“The umpires’ report cited concern over two types of delivery bowled of Botha, his quicker ball and his doosra,” ICC said in a statement.

Botha will be allowed to play international cricket until the biomechanical assessment of his action has been completed, at the discretion of CSA.

This is the second time the player has been reported for a illegal bowling action. The first instance was in January 2006 after the third Test against Australia in Sydney and he was suspended from bowling the following month when testing confirmed the officials’ suspicions.

Botha underwent remedial action and re-tested. His action was found to be legal and he was able to resume playing international cricket.

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