Asia Cup 2004 July 18, 2004

Abdur Razzaq reported for suspect action

Wisden Cricinfo staff



Abdur Razzaq celebrates a wicket - but he was later reported by the match referee © Getty Images

In the latest episode to fuel the controversial issue of throwing, Abdur Razzaq, the Bangladesh bowler, has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action.

Razzaq, the left-arm spinner, was reported by the three match umpires and by Roshan Mahanama, the match referee, after Bangladesh's Asia Cup clash against Pakistan at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo.

Razzaq, playing in only his second one-dayer, bowled his full quota of 10 overs, with the complimentary return of 2 for 36 - but not everyone was impressed. Mahanama later told both the ICC and the Bangladesh management of his decision to report Razzaq. He said: "The umpires were of the opinion that the player's action needed to be looked at and it is in the best interests of the player that this is done at this early stage of his career."

Under the two-stage process, Razzaq, 22, will be able to continue playing international cricket, but under the eye of a specialist advisor, as well as a specialist from the ICC panel, who will constantly review his bowling action.

After six weeks, the Bangladesh board will have to file a review to the ICC, which will then be shown to all the match referees and umpires.