Taskin and Sunny cleared to bowl after remedial work
Bangladesh fast bowler Taskin Ahmed and left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny have been cleared to bowl in international cricket with immediate effect, after their remedied actions were found to be legal by the ICC.
Both bowlers had their actions reassessed at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane on September 8 and their elbow extensions for all deliveries were found to be within 15 degrees, which is the upper limit according to ICC regulations. "The umpires are free to report Arafat and Taskin in the future if they believe they use a suspect action," the ICC said in a release.
Taskin will now be added to Bangladesh's ODI side for the first two games against Afghanistan on September 25 and 28. Bangladesh's selectors had announced a 13-man squad on Thursday, with chief selector Minhajul Abedin confirming a spot was open in case Taskin was cleared.
Sunny, meanwhile, is not in the current Bangladesh squad, and will focus on the National Cricket League first-class tournament which begins on September 25.
"I feel at peace now," Sunny told ESPNcricinfo. "I am really happy that my bowling action has been cleared by the ICC. It was a big test for me, and I have passed it. I had gone through months of rehabilitation, and to finally have my action cleared is great. Taskin too went through all of this since we were both reported, suspended and went for the reassessment together. I haven't spoken to him yet.
"I have heard the good news only a few minutes ago. I haven't really shared it with too many people but I will. It is something that would take my career forward. I am going to be playing the NCL from September 25, and it is all I am thinking about right now."
Sunny and Taskin were reported for a suspect action after Bangladesh's opening game in the 2016 World T20, against Netherlands in Dharamsala on March 9. Their actions had been found illegal after they were tested at the ICC-accredited centre in Chennai.
The BCB contested the decision on Taskin, only for a judicial commission to uphold ICC's original decision. The twin suspensions prompted the BCB to take suspected bowling actions seriously at the domestic level. Their first bowling action review committee in more than a decade identified five bowlers with illegal actions from this season's Dhaka Premier League.
Previously, Bangladesh spinenrs Abdur Razzak and Sohag Gazi were also suspended for illegal bowling action but both returned to international cricket.
Bangladesh's next international assignment is three ODIs at home against Afghanistan beginning on September 25, after which England visit for three ODIs and Two tests.