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ICC clears Dananjaya’s bowling action

Akila Dananjaya
Akila Dananjaya

Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya has been cleared from his suspicious bowling action by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after serving almost three years of suspension.

The right-arm bowler was initially suspended from bowling in November, 2018, before undergoing remedial work which allowed him to resume bowling earlier in 2019. He was banned from bowling in international cricket for 12 months because of illegal bowling action. His suspension was a result of the ICC’s automatic penalty for bowlers who twice failed an assessment inside a two-year period. However, the off-spinner was granted permission to bowl in domestic cricket conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket, with the consent of the board.

Dananjaya was later assessed after he was reported for suspicious action for the second time in ten months, following the Galle Test against New Zealand in August 2019. He subsequently underwent an independent assessment in the same month in Chennai, which found his bowling action to be illegal.

The 27-year-old Dananjaya is associated with capturing 33 wickets in six test matches, including four five-wicket hauls after making his Test debut in February, 2018, against Bangladesh. His last Test appearance was in August, 2019, against New Zealand at the Galle International Cricket Stadium. (A.N.)