Saturday, 12 July 2014 - 19:37
Sachithra Senanayaka given an international ban
Sri Lanka offspinner Sachithra Senanayake has been banned from bowling in international cricket, after his action was found to be illegal following bio-mechanical assessment in Cardiff.
Senanayake was reported for a suspect action during Sri Lanka's fourth ODI against England at Lord's on May 31st, and testing at the end of June found he exceeded the allowed 15-degree flex limit.
If the bowler is unhappy with how the biomechanical tests were conducted, he now has the option of lodging a notice with the ICC within 14 days.
Senanayake has been a key component of Sri Lanka's limited-overs success in 2014, often bowling inside the Powerplay overs and presenting significant menace through the middle overs.
The ICC's findings are also a significant blow to Sri Lanka's World Cup preparation, as Senanayake was expected to be Sri Lanka's lead spinner in that competition.