Senanayake's action to be tested in Cardiff
Offspinner Sachithra Senanayake is set to return to the UK, days after he arrived in Sri Lanka, following SLC's decision to send him to the newly accredited Cardiff Metropolitan University for biomechanical testing of his action. Senanayake was reported for a suspect action during the fourth ODI against England at Lord's and has to undergo testing within 21 days.
"Senanayake will go in for ICC scrutiny at the Cardiff Metropolitan University within the next few days," SLC CEO Ashley de Silva told the Sunday Times. "We have notified the ICC of our option and they in turn will reserve a date for Senanayake to attend the sessions."
Senanayake will bowl each of his variations, including the doosra, during the tests as he aims to prove his elbow does not flex beyond the permitted 15 degrees. His bowling action in the lab will be compared with footage of his deliveries from recent matches, to ensure he reproduces the action he uses in international cricket. Senanayake was Sri Lanka's leading wicket-taker in the recently-concluded series, taking nine wickets at 15.11.
His action had been cleared by the ICC in 2011, after biomechanical tests at the University of Western Australia had shown he adhered to the limits of the ICC's Playing Conditions. That round of testing had come after remedial work, which had been prompted by complaints about his action during Sri Lanka A's tour of England.
Cardiff Metropolitan University was revealed as an accredited testing centre on Friday. A few more testing facilities - in England, Australia, India and South Africa - are expected to be accredited over the coming months.