ICC suspends Ambati Rayudu from bowling in international cricket

ICC Suspends Ambati Rayudu from Bowling in International Cricket

Rishabh Pant, Ambati Rayudu,
Ambati Rayudu (Image Courtesy: Getty)

The ICC, on Monday, has suspended Ambati Rayudu from bowling in the international cricket. The India National Cricket Team player got reported for a suspect bowling action in the first ODI against Australia. Meanwhile, Rayudu had to submit to a test of his action within the stipulated period of 14 days of being reported, which he didn’t; therefore facing immediate action in accordance with clause 4.2 of the ICC regulations.

Rayudu cannot bowl until cleared

On January 13th, after the SCG ODI, the 33-year old was reported for a suspect action. Neither the team management nor Rayudu took any step to get it solved; the ICC had no option, but to bar the Indian player from bowling in international cricket. Furthermore, as per Article 11.5 of the Regulations and with the consent of the BCCI, Rayudu could be given the green signal to bowl in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of the BCCI.

Currently, the Hyderabad batsman is currently playing the third ODI against the Kiwis at the Bay Oval. Meanwhile, in the Australia series, he got dropped in the final game on recent form. Though he made a return in the Napier ODI, he is yet to hit the purple patch playing at number four. So far in three games, Ambati has more than 60 runs to his name yet no fifty.

Rayudu repaying the trust

Much before the Australia ODIs had begun, Ambati Rayudu received the nod to play at four for India until the 2019 World Cup. With the India captain, Virat Kohli and the selection committee claiming to have put their trust behind him; Rayudu didn’t disappoint, as he did well with the bat in the Asia Cup 2018 and Windies ODIs too.

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu scored 175 runs in six games in Asia Cup 2018. Image Courtesy: Getty

In Asia Cup, he hit 175 runs in six games at an average of 43.75. However, during Windies ODIs, Ambati scored 217 runs in four matches at 72.33.

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