Former Zimbabwe captain and off-spinner Prosper Utseya is the new victim in the list of cricketers banned for chucking as he was banned from bowling in International cricket after his action was found to exceed the ICC’s 15-degree limit. Utseya’s actions was announced illegal when he was tested at an accredited facility in Cardiff where all of his deliveries were deemed illegal.
Utseya must now undergo a change over on his action and apply for the test again. A Zimbabwe Cricket release said they were looking for “relevant technical expertise to work with Utseya to modify his action in the shortest possible time, after which an application will be made to the ICC for his re-assessment.”
Utseya was reported by the ICC’s match officials following the third ODI against South Africain Bulawayo in August. He recently took an ODI hat-trick against South Africa.
The ICC umpires have been strict with identifying illegal actions in recent months and bans have been handed out to Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal and Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake among others, after both were found guilty of breaking the 15-degree flex rule. The latest in the list was West Indian offie Sunil Narine who was banned from playing the CLT20 finals for illegal action.