Dubai - Sri
Lanka off-spinner Akila Dananjaya has been suspended from bowling in
international cricket over an illegal action, the International Cricket
Council announced on Monday.
Dananjaya was reported over a suspect bowling action during last
month's first Test of the England series in Sri Lanka, which the
tourists won by 211 runs on their way to a 3-0 whitewash.
He underwent an independent assessment of his bowling action on
November 23 in Brisbane which revealed his deliveries exceeded the
15-degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.
"The International Cricket Council today announced that an
independent assessment has found the bowling action of Sri Lanka's
off-spinner Akila Dananjaya to be illegal and, as such he has been
suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect,"
the ICC said in a statement.
Dananjaya's suspension will be also enforced by all national cricket
federations for domestic matches, though he may be able to play
domestically in Sri Lanka with the permission of Sri Lanka Cricket.
The 25-year-old, who has played five Tests since making his debut
against Bangladesh in February, must now modify his action before
applying for further testing and possible reinstatement.