International Cricket Council (ICC) has lifted the ban on Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya on Monday (February 18) and he has returned to the ODI squad for the South Africa series. He was suspected over a bowling action during their first Test against England in Sri Lanka last November.
Dananjaya has remodeled bowling action which was analyzed in Chennai on February 2. However, ICC has issued the statement which read that “the amount of elbow extension for all his deliveries was within the allowed 15-degree level of tolerance.”
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Though match officials still can report Akila Dananjaya if they found any suspicious action in his bowling and the umpires and the match officials will be provided with images and video footage of Danajaya’s remodeled legal bowling action.
“Match Officials are still at liberty to report Dananjaya if they believe he is displaying a suspect action and not reproducing the legal action from the assessment,” the ICC media release stated.
Dananjaya was suspected for his bowling action during the first Test of the England series in Galle in November, where England won the series by 3-0. However, Dananjaya was banned after the independent assessment of his bowling action in Brisbane on November 23, last year which disclosed that his deliveries surpassed the 15-degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.
Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Akila Dananjaya has played five Tests, thirty One Day Internationals and sixteen Twenty20 International matches so far since his debut where he bagged 27, 46 and 14 wickets respectively. He has played 45 First-Class matches, 69 List A matches, and 58 T20 matches and picked up 147, 84 and 65 wickets respectively.
He has quite an impressive bowling figure in his name. He took six wickets in his nine overs spell during their match against South Africa on August 12, 2018. This is by far his best bowling figure in ODI. His best bowling in Tests came against England last year where he scalped six wickets for the losing cause of his side.