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ICC suspends Samuels for illegal bowling action

Published:Monday | February 25, 2008 | 2:04 PM

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Jamaica and West Indies middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels from bowling in international cricket.

The ICC said independent analysis of Samuels’ bowling action revealed that his off-break, and fast deliveries exceeded the 15 degree level of tolerance permitted under regulations.

The analysis showed Samuels\' average elbow flexion/extension angle for an off-break delivery was 27 degrees, while for his faster delivery it was 35 degrees.

The independent analysis was performed by Dr. Mark King, a member of the ICC panel of Human Movement Specialists, at the National Cricket Academy in England.

Samuels was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action, following the completion of the third Test match between South Africa and the West Indies played in Durban from January 10 to 12.

Samuels has the right to appeal against Dr. King’s conclusions to the Bowling Review Group.