Canada off-spinner Riyazkhan Pathan reported with suspected illegal bowling action
Canada's Riyazkhan Pathan has been reported because of a suspected illegal bowling action.
The off-spinner was reported by on-field umpires Nadeen Ghouri and Norman Malcolm of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires, and third umpire Sarika Prasad of the ICC Associate and Affiliate International Umpires' Panel, at the conclusion of Canada's ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2010 opener against Zimbabwe which was played on Friday (15 January) at Queen Elizabeth II Park in Christchurch.
Pathan is the second bowler in the tournament to be reported with a suspected illegal bowling action after Rushan Jaleel of Sri Lanka was reported after his side's warm-up match against Hong Kong on 11 January.
Pathan's bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to cricket other than Tests, ODIs and T20Is. That process states that any bowler reported in this way will be dealt with by the relevant Member board in accordance with clause 3 of the ICC regulations as follows:
Where a bowler is "called" or reported by the umpires as having a suspected illegal bowling action, the ICC will advise the Member board of this fact and the Member will be asked to instigate an immediate assessment of the bowler's action by its group of bowling advisors and to arrange for the undertaking of any remedial action required by the player concerned.
The Member will be asked to report back formally to the ICC within 21 days.
If the home board's assessment concludes that the bowler's action is illegal, he would be immediately suspended from bowling in international cricket.
Pending the result of the home board's assessment, Pathan, like Jaleel, may continue to play and bowl in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup but of course may still be called by the umpires in accordance with the Laws.
Details of the ICC regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected bowling actions can be found at http://static.icc-cricket.com/ugc/documents/DOC_34EE3BB667212C9A0C32EFBFF19E2F2F_1263367785914_117.pdf.
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