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Sri Lanka’s Senanayake banned for illegal action

July 12, 2014

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Off spinner Sachithra Senanayake has been banned from international cricket after his bowling action was deemed illegal following biomechanical tests, Sri Lanka Cricket said Saturday.

The governing body said in a statement that it had received a report from the International Cricket Council that concluded Senanayake bowls with an illegal action — exceeding the permitted 15-degree elbow extension while delivering the ball.

The Sri Lanka bowler was reported by the match officials for a suspect action after the fourth one-day international match against England in May. However, he was permitted to play until he underwent tests and reports received.

Senanayake was part of Sri Lanka’s lineup for the third and final one-day international against South Africa on Saturday. He opened the bowling from one end, claiming the wicket of top-scorer Quinton de Kock to finish with 1-66 off 10 overs. South Africa won the match by 82 runs.

Senanayake’s bowling style hadn’t previously been reported since his international debut in January 2012. He will now be required to remedy his action and undergo more tests before being allowed to bowl again.

Senanayake has played in 37 one-day internationals and picked up 40 wickets at an average of 34.82. He has also taken 18 wickets in 17 Twenty20 internationals at 16.66 runs apiece. In his only test appearance against Pakistan at the turn of the year, Senanayake finished with 0-96.

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