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Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya faces a 12-month ban from bowling

The International Cricket Council (ICC) banned Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya from bowling for 12 months following an independent assessment of his action.

The 25-year-old’s assessment was done after his bowling action came under scrutiny during the first Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand played at Galle from August 14-18.

His action was first reported to the apex cricketing body and then he was assessed in Chennai on August 29. The reports of the assessment revealed that he had an illegal bowling action.

According to article 11.1 of the ICC Regulations for the review of bowlers with suspect bowling actions, all cricket federations for domestic events in their jurisdiction will also recognize and enforce Dananjaya’s suspension.

Danajaya was first suspended from bowling in December 2018 but he had remodelled his action after that and was allowed to resume bowling following reassessment in February this year. So, it is the second report for the player within a two-year period. He can approach the ICC for reassessment of his action after the end of his 12-month ban.

Dananjaya has featured in 6 Tests, 36 ODIs and 22 T20Is so far and has 33, 51 and 22 wickets in the formats respectively.

Prasenjit Dey is freelance cricket journalist based out of Kolkata, India. Cricket runs through his veins and writing has always been his passion. He is now a part of both worlds, trying to make a difference by writing on the nitty-gritty of the game.

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