ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2009 April 16, 2009

UAE spinner Fayyaz Ahmed's action deemed suspect

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United Arab Emirates left-arm spinner Fayyaz Ahmed has been reported during the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2009 for a suspected illegal bowling action, particularly while bowling the doosra. Ahmed, 25, was reported by the umpires after UAE's five-wicket victory over Canada in Krugersdorp on Wednesday.

"[We] are of the opinion that Fayyaz Ahmed, left-arm orthodox bowler, bowls with a suspect action which is accentuated when bowling the doosra," the umpires wrote in their official report . "We therefore request that the necessary action be instituted to deal with this matter."

Ahmed has been tidy but not threatening with the ball in the tournament so far, taking three wickets at 65.00 apiece in six matches at an impressive economy-rate of 3.75 per over. He will not be barred from bowling but the ICC has written to the Emirates Cricket Board to assess Ahmed's action, and report back to them on the results and what action has been taken.