Mumbai - Bangladesh's World Twenty20 hopes were dealt a major blow Saturday
when Arafat Sunny and Taskin Ahmed were suspended from bowling for
illegal actions, the International Cricket Council announced.
Sunny and fast bowler Ahmed were reported by the umpires during a
preliminary World T20 match against the Netherlands last week.
were ordered to undergo tests in the Indian city of Chennai to
determine if their actions breached rules designed to eradicate
"Independent assessments have found the bowling actions
of Bangladesh's Arafat Sunny and Taskin Ahmed to be illegal and, as
such, both the bowlers have been suspended from bowling in international
cricket with immediate effect," the ICC said in a statement.
Bangladeshi team would be allowed to call up two replacements during the
tournament subject to approval from the event's technical committee,
the statement added.
Bangladesh face an uphill task to make the
semi-finals of the World T20 for the first time after losing their
opening match to Pakistan on Wednesday.
Their next game is against Australia in Bangalore on Monday while they must also face New Zealand and India in the group stages.
ICC launched a crackdown against suspect actions in 2014, which
resulted in several leading bowlers being suspended, including the
world's former number one-ranked spinner Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal.