South Africa news February 25, 2016

Phangiso reported for suspect action

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • AricentHarish on February 26, 2016, 8:14 GMT

    Dramit, we go to Zimbabwe first before touring West Indies for only tests. The one days happen next year. The tentative FTP is available in the link http://static.espncricinfo.com/db/DOWNLOAD/0000/0045/ftp_2015_2019.pdf

  • Dramit Singh on February 26, 2016, 7:16 GMT

    @ARICENTHARISH..thank you so much for this information mate.if I am not wrong team india would be touring to westindies too in july this year for a four test match series and some odis too.according to ftp I think india are suppose to tour Zimbabwe for one test and 3 odis just after the westindies tour later this year.so is this a correct tour program???

  • AricentHarish on February 26, 2016, 5:48 GMT

    @ Dramit Singh, We will tour SA two years from now( in Jan - Feb 2018) for a four test, five one day. and a couple of T20 matches, as per FTP.

  • MNGholfers on February 26, 2016, 5:18 GMT

    Selectors should take him out and add Shamsi. Adding Eddie Leie is also a leggie and Tahir does have that covered, Shamsi brings something different to the table and could catch sides by surprise!

  • Dramit Singh on February 25, 2016, 17:17 GMT

    will anyone of my southafrican mate tell me that when team india would be touring southafrica for a full series in the upcoming time.please reply to me.

  • Tammo on February 25, 2016, 14:56 GMT

    "It is likely him and his panel will consider ..." English please!

  • Homer007 on February 25, 2016, 14:29 GMT

    Actually Bengal-Tigers-Roar, there have been a couple from SA in recent years - the most notable one was Johan Botha who was called several times. Another guy from the Dolphins was called earlier in the year, Subrayan I think

  • Witty_Cricketer on February 25, 2016, 13:40 GMT

    For all of those who are asking why English and Australian cricketers are not called, I am just wondering which players are they referring to? Lyon, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid all have neat actions, don't they?

  • Speng on February 25, 2016, 12:48 GMT

    That picture says it all...

  • ham4fan on February 25, 2016, 11:28 GMT

    Great Technique remove all the Treat 1) Kusal 2) Yasir 3) Phangiso before the WT20

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