Dhaka – Bangladesh left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny and pacer Taskin Ahmed have been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after an independent assessment found their bowling actions to be illegal.
Both bowlers underwent assessments in Chennai last week, after being reported for suspect actions during the World T20 round-one match against Netherlands.
The pair returned to the side to play in Bangladesh’s first match of the Super 10 stage, against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens, where Sunny took 2 for 34 and Taskin claimed 2 for 32.
They can apply for a re-assessment at any stage after modifying their bowling actions. They may be allowed to play in the domestic league, pending the BCB’s permission, source cricket website.
Left-arm spinner Saqlain Sajib will replace Sunny in Bangladesh’s World T20 squad, while Taskin will be replaced by offspin-bowling allrounder Shuvagata Hom.
These two are not the first Bangladesh bowlers to be suspended for an illegal action. Off-spinner Sohag Gazi was suspended from bowling in October 2014, and he was cleared after a second test in February 2015.
Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak was the first Bangladesh bowler to be suspended, in November 2008, before the ban was lifted in March 2009. Al-Amin Hossain was also reported for a suspect action in 2014, but was cleared after an assessment in Chennai. _ Agencies