International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended spinner Akila Dananjaya from bowling in any form of cricket for one year after his action was found to be illegal. The international body has conveyed the same to the Sri Lanka Cricket and the concerned bowler.
The umpires reported Dananjaya’s action during the first test match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Galle from August 14-18. It was the second time Akila Dananjaya’s bowling action has come under the scanner in ten months.
The 25-year-old had travelled to Sri Ramachandra Institute in Chennai for the biomechanical assessment under the supervision of Dr Aditya and Mr Gnanavel and their team. As per the reports, Dananjaya’s standard delivery was inconsistent and ranged from 4-17 degrees.
Few of his deliveries went over the permitted limit of 15 degrees. The data in the report was verified by Dr Andrea Cutti, the ICC’s Human Movement Specialist. Dananjaya had also previously failed a biomechanics assessment, but this was back in 2014.
Akila Dananjaya had undergone remedial work since his initial suspension, announced on December 2018, and had had his action cleared early this year. This reduced his affectiveness which result in him missing on the Sri Lanka squad for the World Cup.
The 25-year-old spinner has represented Sri Lanka in six Tests, 36 ODIs, and 22 T20Is claiming 106 international wickets. He had a good outing in his last Test against New Zealand picking six wickets including a five-wicket haul in the first innings.
Meanwhile, Akila Dananjaya has a limited right of appeal against this ruling according to clause 8 of the regulations.