Kraigg Brathwaite, the Windies’ opener, has been reported for a suspect bowling action after the first Test against England at Edgbaston. As per International Cricket Council (ICC), the match officials at Edgbaston, including Marais Erasmus and S. Ravi as on-field umpires, third umpire Chris Gaffaney and match referee David Boon, had cited their concerns over Brathwaite’s bowling action.
The 24-year old, who bowls part-time off-spin, bowled six overs, conceding six runs in England’s innings. He will now be required to undergo testing within 14 days but is allowed to continue to bowl in international cricket until the results are out.
“The Windies’ off-spinner Kraigg Brathwaite has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the first Test against England, which the hosts won at Edgbaston on Saturday. The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Windies’ team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 24-year-old’s bowling action,” read the statement from the ICC.
“Brathwaite’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Brathwaite is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known,” the statement added.
The right-arm spinner has managed 12 wickets in Test cricket including a haul of 6 for 29 against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2015.
Meanwhile, England thrashed Windies by an innings and 205 runs in the first Test to go one up in the three-match series. After posting a mammoth 514 for 8 declared in the first innings, the hosts bowled the visitors out for 168 and 135 in both the innings to register a thumping win inside three days.