South Africa news March 8, 2016

Tshabalala cleared to bowl, given warning

ESPNcricinfo staff

Thandi Tshabalala, the KwaZulu-Natal offspinner, has been cleared to continue bowling his offspin delivery, while his doosra has been found illegal. Cricket South Africa cleared the offspinner after an analysis at an ICC accredited testing centre, and Tshabalala has been warned that he could be cited for a second time if he bowls a delivery that was found illegal.

"Following the test conducted on his bowling action, the independent assessment has revealed that his bowling action of his off-spin delivery is legal, however the doosra delivery is illegal and contravenes Law 24.2 (as read with Law 24.3) of the Laws of Cricket," CSA said in a press release. "In accordance with the ICC regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions (effective 6 October 2015) Mr. Tshabalala will be allowed to continue bowling in Franchise or Senior Provincial Cricket but subject to the warning that should he continue to bowl any of the specific type (s) of delivery for which he has been found to have an Illegal Bowling Action, he will run the risk of being cited a second time."

Tshabalala played four ODIs for South Africa, between June and August 2007. He has taken 164 wickets in 83 first-class matches at an average of 40.55, while he has 89 List A wickets in 108 matches.

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