Gazi works on action in domestic circuit
Bangladesh offspinner Sohag Gazi has played his first competitive match after being suspended from bowling in international cricket in October. BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said that Gazi's appearance, in the Dhaka Premier League match between Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and Abahani, was part of the process to remedy his bowling action, which has been deemed illegal.
Gazi's last match was in the West Indies where he played the three ODIs but was sent home early to prepare for his first round of testing in Cardiff in September. After the ICC's announcement, it was first decided that Gazi would be sent to Malaysia to train with former Bangladesh fielding coach Mohammad Salahuddin but later he began working under current Bangladesh spin-bowling coach Ruwan Kalpage.
He had travelled with the Bangladesh team to Khulna and Chittagong during the Zimbabwe series to work with Kalpage. He has now gone back to Dhaka to play for the Dhanmondi side. There were two cameras set up at both ends especially for Gazi.
"It is the board's decision to let him play," Nizamuddin said. "He is still working with the coaches. I am not sure if they went to see him but we will have footage of his bowling."
Gazi played an important role in Dhanmondi's narrow win over Abahani, having taken two wickets for 34 runs in eight overs.
Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake has been allowed by the SLC to play domestic cricket after being banned from bowling in July this year, but in his case Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had him do remedial work in Perth before letting him play in the domestic game.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84