Marlon Samuels suspended from bowling

February 25th, 2008 - 5:57 pm ICT by admin  


Dubai, Feb 25 (IANS) West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has been suspended from bowling in international cricket after an independent analysis of his bowling action revealed that his off-break and fast deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under regulations, International Cricket Council (ICC) announced here Monday. The suspension applies with immediate effect. He can apply for re-assessment of his bowling action after he has modified it in accordance with clause G of the regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling actions.

The analysis was done by Mark King, member of the ICC Panel of Human Movement Specialists, at the National Cricket Academy, at Loughborough University in England Feb 11.

The analysis showed that Samuels’ average elbow flexion/extension angle for an off-break delivery was 27 degrees while the elbow flexion/extension angle for his faster delivery was 35 degrees. The elbow flexion/extension angle for his arm ball was two degrees.

Although only his fast deliveries were reported as suspect, the ICC process required his action generally, including the fast delivery, to be analysed.

Samuels was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action in respect of his fast deliveries by on-field umpires Simon Taufel and Aleem Dar of the Emirates Elite Panel of Umpires and third umpire Brian Jerling of the Emirates International Panel after the completion of the third Test match between South Africa and the West Indies played in Durban from Jan 10-12.

Samuels has the right to appeal against King’s conclusions to the Bowling Review Group, in accordance with clause F of the regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling actions.

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