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CSA identifies two bowlers with suspect action

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 26, 2012

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Prenelan Subrayen was adjudged the man of the match for his spell of 4 for 24, England v South Africa, quarter-final, ICC Under-19 World Cup 2012, Townsville, August 19, 2012
Prenelan Subrayen had a successful run in the Under-19 World Cup in August this year © ICC/Getty
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Cricket South Africa has placed two 19-year-old bowlers - Prenelan Subrayen and Solo Nqweni - under rehabilitation after independent tests carried out by the Australian Institute of Sport and the Sports Science Institute of South Africa deemed their actions illegal. The two bowlers will not be permitted to take part in first-class cricket till the rehabilitation is complete.

"There is a standard protocol we have for dealing with matters of this nature," Corrie van Zyl, CSA general manager cricket, said. "In the case of Prenelan the situation has been complicated by the fact that he suffered a bad dislocation of his bowling shoulder several years ago and this has contributed to the current problem. He thus needs to undergo both shoulder rehabilitation as well as rehabilitation of his bowling action.

Van Zyl said the two players will be under the charge of their respective provincial teams - KwaZulu-Natal for Subrayen and Eastern Province for Nqweni - with assistance from the CSA who will make the facilties and the personnel at the High Performance centre available.

"We have every confidence that the rehab process will be successful and that these two talented young cricketers will be able to continue their promising careers in the near future," he said.

Subrayen, a right-arm offspinner, has taken six wickets in three first-class matches this season while right-arm seamer Nqweni has 33 wickets from eight matches.

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Posted by mjosman on (December 27, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

@MrWaka28 that test player did go for re-habilitation and decided after changing his action that the doosra still wont work for him so he gave it up and bowls with a renewed action that is legal

Posted by Chris_P on (December 27, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

Good initiative by CSA, good to see other boards taking this stance.

Posted by bobmartin on (December 27, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

@MrWaka28. I was arguing the principle.. It seems there are double standards operating here. You can continue playing with a known dodgy action if you're a test player, but not if you're one of the lesser talented players. Surely, all players should be treated alike. That's the point I was making.

Posted by Harvey on (December 27, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

The game is so rife with throwing that it might as well be legalised. It's very honourable that CSA and some other boards are attempting to put their houses in order, but the truth of the matter is that by doing so they are putting themselves at a disadvantage. Scientific analysis has made the Law on what constitutes a legal delivery obsolete, and the 15 degree rule is impossible to enforce in a match situation.

Posted by MrWaka28 on (December 26, 2012, 22:00 GMT)

@bobmartin: Looking at their stats, it seems unlikely that either on of them would have made it into a first class team on their batting strength alone.

Posted by bobmartin on (December 26, 2012, 21:25 GMT)

Why should they not be permitted to play 1st class cricket ? Surely if it's only their bowling actions which are suspect, they should just be banned from bowling. A blanket ban seems unreasonable particularly since I seem to recall a Sth African test bowler with a suspect action who is only banned from bowling his doosra but is still playing and bowling.

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