Sri Lanka news July 12, 2014

Senanayake banned from bowling due to action

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Sri Lanka offspinner Sachithra Senanayake has been banned from bowling in international cricket, after his action was found to be illegal following bio-mechanical assessment in Cardiff.

Senanayake was reported for a suspect action during Sri Lanka's fourth ODI against England at Lord's on May 31, and testing at the end of June found he exceeded the allowed 15-degree flex limit in all four types of his deliveries which were assessed. Among Senanayake's variations from the stock offbreak are a carrom ball and a flipper.

If the bowler is unhappy with how the biomechanical tests were conducted, he now has the option of lodging a notice with the ICC within 14 days, in order to request a hearing with a Bowling Review Group (BRG). A BRG usually includes a human-movement specialist, a former player, a former umpire, a current match referee and two ICC officials.

If Senanayake doesn't appeal the decision, he will have to undergo remedial work on his action before he is allowed to bowl in international cricket again. He had been suspected of an illegal action once before when he had toured England with Sri Lanka A in 2011. But he had worked on his action on that occasion, and been cleared in subsequent tests undertaken at the University of Western Australia.

If he comes back to international cricket and is then reported and then found guilty of having an illegal action again, within two years of his first suspension, Senanayake will be banned from international cricket for a minimum of one year. Though Senanayake has been through the testing process before this occasion, this is his first suspension. Both he and Sri Lanka cricket will however be wary of rushing him back to top-level cricket until thorough remedial work has been undertaken.

Senanayake has been a key component of Sri Lanka's limited-overs success in 2014, often bowling inside the Powerplay overs and presenting significant menace through the middle overs. He had been the top wicket-taker in Sri Lanka's ODI series in England in May and June, and had contributed to World T20 and Asia Cup victories as well. He had an ODI average of 34.82 from 37 appearances, stretching back to early 2012.

The ICC's findings are also a significant blow to Sri Lanka's World Cup preparation, as Senanayake was expected to be Sri Lanka's lead spinner in that competition. He is also on a Category 4 SLC contract, ostensibly until the end of February next year.

Sri Lanka Cricket have a mechanism in place for redressing faulty actions, and a release on Friday evening said Senanayake's case would be referred to the board's cricket committee.

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  • ravi6004 on July 14, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    Well, it is rather an injustice to debar any one of bowling calling it a suspect action. Individuals may have certain deformities which help them in bowling well and putting a batsman in trouble. Except "throw" none of the bowlers are to be suspended on suspect action. How do you call a bowler bowling Bouncers concistantly?.Why not ban him?

  • on July 14, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    SLC should try to develop Sachitra as a batsmen. Occasionally he has shown qualities of a good batsman at times hitting the winning runs under difficult circumstances

  • anver777 on July 14, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    SS is SL's one of the main bowling weapon in the coming WC 2015.... hope he will do the needful changes & come back strongly !!!!

  • sasisurineni on July 14, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    Hope he will come back with good bowling action.

  • on July 14, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    Unfortunate for Senanayake.... I hope he works on his action and return to int'l cricket soon.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on July 14, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    @ burner1985 - well said. though it probably wont' be found out if he would still be cleared in the Perth lab. but it definitely will create issues now with players/boards seeking 2nd opinions notably from perth which has been the main lab thus far.

  • on July 14, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    Now they will put at least 200 run partnership for 8th wicket against Mighty Indian bowling line up!!500 at least on Card for AUS A..Feeling for Indian entire bowling unit!!haha

  • Shajadul on July 13, 2014, 23:31 GMT

    I hope he can come back strong after corrections....Good Luck..

  • on July 13, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Decisions like this will send a message to one who contemplate of doing it. Good call.

  • ThatsAlright on July 13, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Sachi's a very intelligent cricketer. I suppose many other great off-spinners went through similar action related issues. When an off-spinner, in particular, tries to be more innovative with many variations, in the era of extensive video analysis that help batsmen figure him out, he's prone to arm extension issues. This's why the coaches need to be a bit proactive. Bounce back mate!!, you can do it.

  • ravi6004 on July 14, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    Well, it is rather an injustice to debar any one of bowling calling it a suspect action. Individuals may have certain deformities which help them in bowling well and putting a batsman in trouble. Except "throw" none of the bowlers are to be suspended on suspect action. How do you call a bowler bowling Bouncers concistantly?.Why not ban him?

  • on July 14, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    SLC should try to develop Sachitra as a batsmen. Occasionally he has shown qualities of a good batsman at times hitting the winning runs under difficult circumstances

  • anver777 on July 14, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    SS is SL's one of the main bowling weapon in the coming WC 2015.... hope he will do the needful changes & come back strongly !!!!

  • sasisurineni on July 14, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    Hope he will come back with good bowling action.

  • on July 14, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    Unfortunate for Senanayake.... I hope he works on his action and return to int'l cricket soon.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on July 14, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    @ burner1985 - well said. though it probably wont' be found out if he would still be cleared in the Perth lab. but it definitely will create issues now with players/boards seeking 2nd opinions notably from perth which has been the main lab thus far.

  • on July 14, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    Now they will put at least 200 run partnership for 8th wicket against Mighty Indian bowling line up!!500 at least on Card for AUS A..Feeling for Indian entire bowling unit!!haha

  • Shajadul on July 13, 2014, 23:31 GMT

    I hope he can come back strong after corrections....Good Luck..

  • on July 13, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Decisions like this will send a message to one who contemplate of doing it. Good call.

  • ThatsAlright on July 13, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Sachi's a very intelligent cricketer. I suppose many other great off-spinners went through similar action related issues. When an off-spinner, in particular, tries to be more innovative with many variations, in the era of extensive video analysis that help batsmen figure him out, he's prone to arm extension issues. This's why the coaches need to be a bit proactive. Bounce back mate!!, you can do it.

  • Dashgar on July 13, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    The real question is: How did it take this long?

  • on July 13, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    Well, cricket is a great leveller. only a few days back Sri Lanka completed a fantastic test, odi(t20) series in England and looked great. now they've lost a home odi series to SA and lost a key bowler as well. This shows that things do not go your way everyday and you need to be mentally and physically strong to meet these trials. Go Sri Lanka!

  • warneneverchuck on July 13, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    Don't know whether ther was any problem with his action or not...but such incidences have been always reported in past for a subcontinent bowler only once he has toured eng or aus...

  • Sinhaya on July 13, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    Lets take this positively. We as a cricket playing nation have thrived on obstacles. Justice and mother nature will definitely act in our favor, so be calm. We had a great year and things go against us as well so be assured, justice will prevail for sure.

  • burner1985 on July 13, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    Being a Sri Lankan, I'm not blaming anyone including the ECB. If his action is deemed illegal it should be remedied. However, this is going to create an issue in terms of integrity of the testing as now everyone would conduct comparisons between Cardiff and Perth. Was it a uniformed process? If a bowler is cleared at one lab, then people would insist that tests should be conducted in another lab for a "second opinion" stating the current situation as an example.

  • jamespapa on July 13, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    Sad news for senenayka. He was not good a year before, but he has improved a lot. I saw him against eng he bowled in poweplays and in middle overs as well he struggled most of the English batsmens.

  • on July 12, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    A very long saga.

  • nursery_ender on July 12, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    Posted by Ajay Baskar on (July 12, 2014, 14:55 GMT) He still can correct his action and come back I guess.

    According to the report he's already corrected it once. He's obviously having the same problem I had with my golf swing. No matter how often I tried to correct faults they came back when I played.

  • Jeewaka9999 on July 12, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    It is a sad story. SLC should help him to clear this soon. He has won matches for us with his bat and bowl.. but i think SL should give/ find a spinner who can really turn the bowl and take wickets in ODI.. Bcoz Senanayake for me is not a wicket taking bowl. 37 ODI 40 wkts. Ave 34. Strike rate 45 balls/ wkt.. but advantage is he can bowl economical spell. 4.6 runs/ over. but i think it is better to hv a wicket taking spinner instead of him.

  • CricketingStargazer on July 12, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    @Kavum The testing is done in Cardiff or Perth and, to ensure that the bowler has the same action in the laboratory, is carefully compared with video footage from matches. If the action is seen to be different the testers know that the bowler has changed his action to try to get past the tests.

    The process is all quite transparent and minimal research in the Internet will reveal all the details.

  • Cricinbest on July 12, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    @cric1965: I think you have missed this match.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-sri-lanka-2012/engine/match/573016.html

  • m.Hera on July 12, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Comments posted by many readers seem to be based on wrong facts or opinions: Reason for Senanayake being tested at a Sports Lab was not the allegations by Cook, ECB or any cricket commentator, for that matter. Only reason for ICC to ask for the tests was that he had been reported by the match officials after the Lord's Test. The match officials are appointed by ICC. This reporting is a well-accepted process in international cricket. There's no point in blaming others for this. SLC must put a corrective action process in place for Senanayake. I'm pretty sure Senanayake can overcome this setback; he's a talented bowler and age is in his side.

  • Kavum on July 12, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    First concern, how many others have been "cleared" in Perth who should have their actions re-checked? Secondly, there is also a question since the key word is "straightening"; if a bowler straightens his arm from a 25 deg angle pre-delivery to a 10 degree bend at the point of delivery (i.e. within the 15 degree limit) is that caught up in the Cardiff parameters? There needs to be more transparency regarding the testing protocols. Third, if they were reviewing match videos then why the expensive rigmarole of having a player travel to god-forsaken Wales at all? Now that SLC has folded (Arjuna would never have), there is no case for Sachitra and he should go back to the drawing board with some proper offies even going back to Lalith Kaluperuma's era. If a certain media outlet in SL is to be believed, Suraj Mohammed Randiv is slated to step into his shoes. There remains a doubt if Suraj has a doosra. If he is too successful, he might be reported as well. Bye-bye World Cup 2015.

  • warneneverchuck on July 12, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Finally icc has done something right....this kind of action shud not be allowed in cricket...

  • on July 12, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Are they referring to the 4 types of deliveries or just 4 deliveries bowled on that day? I think it's just 4 balls not all the types?

  • on July 12, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Why do you have to ban him when he din't do it on purpose?! Why could'nt you just warn him?!

  • YsaKaru on July 12, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    really sad news..... Hopefully he will correct his action soon..... Tharindu kaushal should be in the team.... He deserve that after excellent FC and list A record......

  • Lord.emsworth on July 12, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Sri Lankan bowling coach Vaas has to take joint responsibility here. The article doesn't say how long the ban is effective.(Lifetime?) Its not easy to change a bowling action but Sennanyake & Vaas must find a way through it. I do not blame England for any involvement in reporting Sennanyake, but they did treat SL poorly on that last tour.

  • Kinguru007. on July 12, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    I don't think it's a big worry for Sachithra. He can try bowling with an open chest and cut down one of his variations if needed. There are plenty of bowlers changed their action and came back playing international cricket. But the question is can he prove it before the world cup?

  • AS7777 on July 12, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Lets give a chance to Tharindu Kaushal now. The next best offspinner in the country. He can handle the bat as well. We need a proper bowler unlike Dilruwan, Chanthuranga. They are batters more than a proper bowlers. Sad for Schie and hope there is still door open for him to comeback after correcting his action I believe.

  • Ridila_SL on July 12, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    Well. Sachi is a good spinner but there are far better players inside the country than him. Time for Tharindu Kaushal to work on wicket who has been considered as a genuine Off spinner during 2012 U-19 world cup. Sachithra's deliveries has lack of turning. Now SLC please give that kid a chance at least. Malinda Pushpakumara also has the potential but haven't received a chance. I think it's a golden opportunity to both of them.Because they deserve a place in the team.

  • on July 12, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Damn i totally agree with Thirucumaran !!! he is such a talent and i do no think he will give up. its a shocking set back for the team and for Sachi. yet we all have to back him up. Hope he will correct these things and make a come back soon. Good luck sachi, we will miss him for sure.

  • Lion83 on July 12, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Try out Dilruwan , Chathuranga de silva & Seekuge prassanna all three are capable of filling the spinning allrounders spot

  • on July 12, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    He still can correct his action and come back I guess.

  • shillingsworth on July 12, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    The umpires reported Senanayake, it was nothing to do with Cook or the ECB. I'd suggest it is the match officials who should take the credit.

  • ac_Indian on July 12, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Unfortunate for Senanayake and SL cricket. The coaches must be asked severe questions here. The team management (everywhere for all countries) should be proactive in this issue, trying to remedy things at an early stage. Otherwise it hurts the concerned bowler's career and hurts the team as well.

  • Cricsnake on July 12, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    A very sad news. He need to work on his action immediately. His bowling action should be changed and should avoid those suspicious deliveries. He is the best limited over bowler we are having. He has another 5-7 years to serve SL & if he banned it will be a real disaster for SL cricket. SLC must start immediate actions to solve this issue.

  • cric1965 on July 12, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Sri Lanka,s lead spinners should be Herath and Ajantha Mendis. Sachitra failed in South Africa series taking 3 wickets @50.33 while Mendis took 7 wickets @18.14. Leading fast bowlers should be Malinga , Suranga Lakmal and Eranga. Kula,s 120 km speed is not enough to cause troubles for batsman in Australia.

  • on July 12, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    well if he is banned from bowling in international cricket, he's of no use for Sri Lanka. his career is over

  • on July 12, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    this means he cannot bowl forever in international cricket ? or does he can correct his action and bowl again ?

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  • on July 12, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    this means he cannot bowl forever in international cricket ? or does he can correct his action and bowl again ?

  • on July 12, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    well if he is banned from bowling in international cricket, he's of no use for Sri Lanka. his career is over

  • cric1965 on July 12, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Sri Lanka,s lead spinners should be Herath and Ajantha Mendis. Sachitra failed in South Africa series taking 3 wickets @50.33 while Mendis took 7 wickets @18.14. Leading fast bowlers should be Malinga , Suranga Lakmal and Eranga. Kula,s 120 km speed is not enough to cause troubles for batsman in Australia.

  • Cricsnake on July 12, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    A very sad news. He need to work on his action immediately. His bowling action should be changed and should avoid those suspicious deliveries. He is the best limited over bowler we are having. He has another 5-7 years to serve SL & if he banned it will be a real disaster for SL cricket. SLC must start immediate actions to solve this issue.

  • ac_Indian on July 12, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Unfortunate for Senanayake and SL cricket. The coaches must be asked severe questions here. The team management (everywhere for all countries) should be proactive in this issue, trying to remedy things at an early stage. Otherwise it hurts the concerned bowler's career and hurts the team as well.

  • shillingsworth on July 12, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    The umpires reported Senanayake, it was nothing to do with Cook or the ECB. I'd suggest it is the match officials who should take the credit.

  • on July 12, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    He still can correct his action and come back I guess.

  • Lion83 on July 12, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Try out Dilruwan , Chathuranga de silva & Seekuge prassanna all three are capable of filling the spinning allrounders spot

  • on July 12, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Damn i totally agree with Thirucumaran !!! he is such a talent and i do no think he will give up. its a shocking set back for the team and for Sachi. yet we all have to back him up. Hope he will correct these things and make a come back soon. Good luck sachi, we will miss him for sure.

  • Ridila_SL on July 12, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    Well. Sachi is a good spinner but there are far better players inside the country than him. Time for Tharindu Kaushal to work on wicket who has been considered as a genuine Off spinner during 2012 U-19 world cup. Sachithra's deliveries has lack of turning. Now SLC please give that kid a chance at least. Malinda Pushpakumara also has the potential but haven't received a chance. I think it's a golden opportunity to both of them.Because they deserve a place in the team.