Colombo - Sri Lanka's Tharindu Kaushal has
been barred from bowling the doosra after independent test results showed it
was illegal, the International Cricket Council said on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old, who has a distinctive
high-knee run-up, can continue bowling off-breaks, the governing body said in a
"The results showed that the level of
elbow extension measured for all deliveries bowled was well within the
15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations," the ICC
"However, the assessment also revealed
that Kaushal's Doosra was found to exceed the 15-degree level of tolerance and
it should no longer be bowled in international cricket."
The doosra is the ball bowled by an
off-spinner which turns away from right-handed batsmen.
Kaushal has played six tests for Sri Lanka
and has been earmarked as the island country's spin spearhead when Rangana
Herath, 37, eventually retires.
Kaushal has already taken two five-wicket
hauls in his career and picked up 13 scalps in the three tests against India in
August, after which he was reported for a suspect bowling action.
Starting next month, Sri Lanka will host
West Indies in a series featuring two test matches, three one-day
internationals and two Twenty20s.