The governing body of cricket across the world ICC recently banned the star Sri Lankan pacer Akila Dananjaya after assessing his illegal bowling action during Lanka’s latest cricketing series against Black Caps. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has barred the experienced pacer Akila from bowling for one year in international cricket.
After the very first Test match against New Zealand, the 25-year-old young spinner came under scrutiny by the match officials. When the official cricket authorities of ICC assessed his action it was revealed that he was having illegal bowling action. As a result, the apex body decided to ban him for 12 months as per the Article 11. 1 of ICC Regulations for the review of bowlers.
This is not the first time when cricket authorities took action against Dananjaya’s illegal bowling action as earlier also he was suspended for the same in December 2018. ICC reported his suspect bowling action and handed the international suspension until February 2019. After which he was allowed to take part in recently concluded Test match series against New Zealand. It is the player’s second report within a two-year period and so the supreme cricket body automatically banned him from bowling in international cricket format for a period of 12 months. The right-arm off-break bowler could now appeal the International Cricket Council for a re-assessment of his action only after the completion of his banning period.
Currently, Sri Lankan squad is preparing for their next cricketing tour against Pakistan after the disappointing performance against Black Caps on the home pitch. They are all set to take off for National Stadium in Karachi where Lankans will play first ODI of three-match series. With Akila Dananjaya’s departure from the team, it will be interesting to see how the Sri Lankan squad will play against the ‘Green Army’. The three-match One Day International series between both the teams will start from September 27th till October 2nd at Karachi. Only time will tell whether this upcoming tour will prove lucky for Lankans amid terror threats in Pakistan or not.