New Delhi - India's Shikhar Dhawan has been
reported for a suspect bowling action and will need to undergo tests within 14
days, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday.
Dhawan, 30, an opening batsman who rarely
bowls, was reported after the fourth Test against South Africa in New Delhi on
Monday when the defiant tourists were attempting to salvage a draw.
As the South Africans stonewalled the
Indian bowlers on the final day, frustrated skipper Virat Kohli brought on
Dhawan who bowled just three overs for nine runs.
India eventually won the match by 337 runs
and sealed the four-Test series 3-0.
"Dhawan's bowling action will now be
scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling
actions," the ICC said in a statement.
Dhawan, who bowls off-spins, will be
allowed to play on till the results of the tests are declared, the sport's
governing body said.
Dhawan has made 1 308 runs in 19 Tests but
has never taken a wicket from the nine overs he has bowled in those matches.
The ICC launched a crackdown against
suspect actions in June last year, leading to several leading bowlers being
Other bowlers who have been up hauled up
include Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez, Bangladesh's Sohag Gazi,
New Zealand's Kane Williamson, Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake and Tharindu
Kaushal, and Zimbabwe's Prosper Utseya and Malcolm Waller.