Samuels suspended from bowling for illegal action

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 16:17 hrs

Mumbai: West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect due to an illegal action, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday.

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An independent analysis of Samuels' action by Mark King, a member of the cricket body's panel of human movement specialists in London revealed that his off-break and fast deliveries exceeded the permitted 15 degrees level of tolerance, the ICC said in a statement.

The Jamaican, an occasional off-spinner, was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during the third Test match between South Africa and West Indies in Durban from January 12-14.

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Although only his fast deliveries were reported as suspect, the ICC's procedure requires a bowler's complete action to be scrutinised. "The analysis showed that Samuels' average elbow flexion/extension angle for an off-break delivery was 27 degrees while the elbow flexion/extension angle for his faster delivery was 35 degrees," the statement said.

Samuels can apply for re-assessment after he has modified his bowling action, the ICC said. He also has the right to appeal against King's conclusions to the Bowling Review Group.

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