South Africa news February 25, 2016

Phangiso reported for suspect action

ESPNcricinfo staff

Aaron Phangiso can continue bowling until the results of an independent analysis of his action are known © AFP

Lions left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso has been reported for an illegal action following his team's win against Warriors in the semi-finals of the Momentum One Day Cup on February 25.

In accordance with the ICC's regulations and Law 18 clause 2.25, Phangiso's action will now have to be tested in "as soon as reasonably possible but, in any event, within 21 days of receipt by the Player's Home Board of the notice." He will be tested on Friday at the ICC-accredited High Performance Academy at the University of Pretoria. Fourteen days after that test, an ICC appointed specialist will furnish the body with written report which will determine whether Phangiso's action is legal or not.

Phangiso, who has played 16 ODIs and nine T20Is and has taken a combined tally of 29 wickets for South Africa, is part of their squad for the upcoming World T20 in India. The time frame for his testing means that Phangiso's performance in the World T20 could be affected. Even if he is tested immediately, the 14-day period for the analysis would only conclude on March 10, after the first round of the tournament begins. Changes to squads are allowed until March 8, which may see South Africa's selectors look for another back-up spinner to Imran Tahir.

When contacted on Thursday morning, South Africa's convener of selectors, Linda Zondi, was in a meeting and unavailable for immediate comment. It is likely him and his panel will consider another option to Phangiso. Eddie Leie, who has played two T20s for South Africa, could come into contention if he recovers from the hamstring injury which kept him out of the one-day cup semi-final in time.

This is the third time this year Phangiso has made headlines. In mid-January it emerged that he had been prevented from boarding an international flight following South Africa's ODI series win in India because he was drunk and disorderly and CSA had subsequently handed him an unknown sanction. This week, Phangiso had to apologise for being caught on camera pretending to sniff an unknown substance off his leg during South Africa's T20 against England at the Wanderers. Phangiso was in the dug out and his gesture took place when South Africa were batting. He said it was a lighthearted joke but understood that in a country with a drug problem, it was inappropriate.

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