Bangladesh dealt a massive blow recently as their key pacer, Taskin Ahmed was banned midway into the ICC World T20 for having an illegal bowling action. In an independent test conducted, it was found that Ahmed’s bowling action breached the ICC guidelines for bending his elbow and thus, he was barred from bowling in international cricket. That took its toll on the Bangladeshis, as without Taskin, their new ball bowlers lacked the zeal.
Heath Streak, Bangladesh’s bowling coach is confident that Ahmed’s action will be corrected within one month to six weeks. “We don’t have time pressure, so I think it will take him one month to six weeks to get him to the re-assessment test,” Streak said. “We just need to be 100% confident before we send the request for a re-assessment. I don’t think it is a major problem for him to pass the test. He will be playing DPL [Dhaka Premier League], so, hopefully, he will be comfortable with the modifications that I have asked him to do. Then, when we are happy with everything, he can go.”
“His action never really changed when I first started working with him. We never had any reason to suspect, so even I was surprised. All his fast deliveries were within the legal limit. His slower bouncer was the problem, which could be because of fatigue. I don’t think it is a big problem to fix his action. It won’t take too long. I am confident he will be back into cricket,” the former Zimbabwean skipper added.
“When it comes to his action, we are trying to get him to extend his arm a bit quicker, so that when he gets to the horizontal at the back, it is 100% straight. The 15-degree legal limit is a very small margin. He bowled something like 40 deliveries and three bouncers were illegal. It can be remedied very quickly,” Streak explained.