Windies Shane Shillingford Suspended for Illegal Bowling Action
Shane Shillingford, the Windies off-spinner has been suspended with immediate effect, as his bowling action has been found illegal. Meanwhile, Cricket West Indies confirmed the news on January 4th (Friday). An independent assessment, however, revealed his deliveries falls under the 15 degrees tolerance barrier permitted under playing regulations.
Shane set to be on sidelines until matter gets solved
The report further stated the lanky off-spinner would remain on the sidelines until his action is found to be legal; either by independent analysis from an accredited testing centre, under the CWI Regulations for Dealing with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions or by an opinion report from Loughborough University.
However, Shane could well modify his action and can apply for the reassessment. For that, he is likely to undergo remedial work supervised by the Volcanoes franchise.
However, Shane Shillingford first got reported for a suspect action during the first-round game of West Indies’ domestic four-day tournament. The event which took place in St Lucia last month saw him bagging five-wickets in the game, which his team lost by 125 runs to Guyana.
Moreover, before he landed in hot waters for his illegal action, Shane had picked up six-wicket hauls in both innings of the second-round match against Trinidad and Tobago.
Third time lucky? Ugh, No!!
Perhaps Shane Shillingford is one of the few unfortunate bowlers whose bowling action got deemed as illegal in international cricket. Even in the past, the off-spinner had come under the hammer for the same twice. First, in December 2010, the West Indian got suspended after his action was found to be illegal. An independent analysis in Perth led to this decision. After that, the 35-year old underwent remedial action and got cleared by the ICC in June 2011. Secondly, he got reported again in 2013, during the New Zealand tour.
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