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CRICKET: ICC bans Marlon Samuels’ quicker delivery, Shillingford suspended

Published:Monday | December 16, 2013 | 12:03 PM

Jamaican Marlon Samuels, the West Indies part-time off spinner, has been banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) from bowling quicker deliveries in international cricket.

His West Indies team-mate off spinner Shane Shillingford has been suspended from bowling in international competition.

The pair were reported for suspect action on November 16, during the second Test against India in Mumbai.

They underwent biomechanical analysis in Perth on November 29, before the start of the series against New Zealand.

The analysis on Samuels' action revealed that the spinner's standard off-break delivery was legal but the quicker delivery exceeded the prescribed levels of tolerance.

Shillingford has taken six wickets at 42.66 in the first two Tests against New Zealand but will now not be available for the final match in Hamilton, which starts on Thursday.

Samuels has not bowled in the current series.

An ICC statement said that an independent biomechanical analysis had revealed that for both Shillingford's standard off-break delivery and his doosra, the amount of elbow extension in his bowling action exceeded the 15 degrees' level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations.

Shillingford will remain suspended until he submits a fresh analysis that proves his action has been corrected.

Earlier this week, when asked about the pending report, West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said he was confident Shillingford would be cleared.


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