Sri Lankan pacer Shaminda Eranga’s woes continue as he has been suspended from bowling in international cricket. The news came after the pacer was hospitalised in England with a heart ailment.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that an independent assessment has found the bowling action of Eranga to be illegal and, as a result, the fast bowler has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.
The assessment revealed that all deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.
Eranga’s action came under scrutiny after the second Test against England at Chester-le-Street on 31 May 2016.
In accordance with Article 6.1 of the regulations, Eranga’s international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction, save that, with the consent of Sri Lanka Cricket, Eranga may be able to play in domestic cricket events played in Sri Lanka under the auspices of Sri Lanka Cricket.
The player can apply for a re-assessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with clause 2.4 of the Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions.
The test was performed on 6 June at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough, which is an ICC accredited testing centre.
Eranga played in both the Tests against England before being reported for a suspect action. The pacer had a disappointing outing as he managed to pick only one wicket. The 29-year-old made his Test debut in 2011 and has played 18 Tests, 17 ODIs and 3 T20Is so far.
Losing Eranga could be a big blow to an already depleted Sri Lankan attack as they have already lost first-choice pacers Dhammika Prasad and Dushmantha Chameera to injury.