Nisarg Patel Remains Suspended From Bowling In International Cricket After ICC Find His Action Illegal After Reassessment
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Nisarg Patel Remains Suspended From Bowling In International Cricket After ICC Find His Action Illegal After Reassessment

Nisarg Patel
Nisarg Patel (Credits: ESPNCricinfo)

The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Wednesday, announced that USA’s Nisarg Patel remains suspended from bowling in international cricket after their independent reassessment found his bowling action to be illegal. However, he will be able to bowl in domestic cricket played under the auspices of USA cricket.

The governing body’s latest assessment of Nisarg Patel’s bowling action revealed that the amount of elbow extension was still above the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted in the ICC regulations.

“In accordance with Article 11.1 of the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations, Patel’s international suspension will be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction,” stated a release from the ICC.

“However, pursuant to Article 11.5 of the Regulations and with the consent of USA Cricket, Patel may be able to bowl in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of USA Cricket,” added the statement.

The 32-year old was originally reported following the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 fixture between Oman and USA in Kathmandu, on 11 February 2020, following which the Expert Panel declared his bowling action to be illegal. Nisarg Patel can apply for a reassessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with clause 4.5 of the Regulations.

So far, he has played 8 ODIs and 4 T20Is, taking a total of 12 wickets with his left-arm spin.

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