ICC bans Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya from bowling in international cricket for one year
The International Cricket Council on Thursday issued a one-year ban on Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya after he was reported for illegal action during the Test series against New Zealand. This is the second time Dananjaya has been banned from bowling by the ICC after being handed a suspension in December 2018. However, he was later permitted to bowl after making a few changes in his action.
Dananjaya's suspicious action came under the scanner of the match officials during the first Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Galle last month. Dananjaya picked up a five-wicket haul in the first innings of the Test match and later finished with a total of six wickets under his belt. He was subsequently reported by the match officials and underwent an independent assessment to check the legality of his bowling action in Chennai on August 29.
The assessment ruled out that Dananjaya's bowling action was illegal prompting ICC to hand him a 12-month ban. The spinner cannot bowl in international cricket for next one year and can appear for reassessment only after the expiration of the ban.
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