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July 17, 2005
West Indies bowler Jermaine Lawson has been reported for a suspect bowling action, the ICC confirmed on Sunday. Lawson's action was called into question by the match officials after the first Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo, and they immediately reported him.
The report was submitted by the umpires Simon Taufel, Nadeem Ghauri, third umpire Peter Manuel and fourth official Ranmore Martinez who were concerned about the angle of Lawson's elbow.
"The match officials had concerns with potential elbow flexation when viewing the bowler's action with the naked eye," explained the ICC match referee, Mike Procter. "This assessment has led the team of officials to request the ICC to commission a biomechanical report into the bowler's action in accordance with the new process introduced earlier this year."
In accordance with the ICC's recently revised bowling review process, Lawson's action will now be analysed by a human movement specialist at the ICC within the next three weeks. Video tapes of the match will also be submitted for analysis. After the analysis is completed, the biomechanical expert will report back to the ICC, confirming if the action is legal. Lawson will be free to play international cricket in the meantime.
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