Suspended Senanayake to play domestic cricket
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka Cricket said Thursday it will allow suspended off-spin bowler Sachithra Senanayake to play domestic cricket as he is making good progress in remedying his bowling action.
The sport’s governing body said in a statement that Senanayake had worked with some experts in University of Western Australia and had made “tremendous improvement” and continues training with his coaches.
In the meantime Sri Lanka Cricket will allow him to play in the local mercantile cricket tournament starting next month as per International Cricket Council guidelines, a significant step for the bowler to return to the game.
The ICC guidelines say a suspended bowler could play domestic cricket with the permission and supervision of the home board.
Senanayake was reported to be having a suspect action during Sri Lanka’s tour to England in May and was suspended from bowling in international cricket in July after tests showed that he was exceeding the allowed 15-degree elbow extension while delivering the ball.
Before the suspension Senanayake had played 37 one-day internationals for Sri Lanka and captured 40 wickets. In 17 Twenty20 internationals he took 18 wickets.