West Indies news February 16, 2017

Samuels cleared to bowl in internationals

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West Indies allrounder Marlon Samuels has been cleared to resume bowling in international cricket by the ICC. Samuels was banned from bowling at the international level for 12 months in December 2015, after his action was found to be illegal for a second time in 24 months.

The offspinner's action could be reassessed by the ICC only after the 12-month period ended, and Samuels underwent tests on January 29 at the ICC-accredited testing centre in Loughborough. According to an ICC release, the tests revealed the elbow flex for his offspin deliveries was within the permitted 15-degree limit.

If the umpires find issues with his action going forward, they can report him again, and then he will require further analysis of his action by the ICC. Umpires will be provided with images and video footage of his reworked bowling action, the ICC said, to help them judge his action in games.

Samuels was reported during the Galle Test against Sri Lanka in October 2015, and subsequent tests revealed he was breaching the 15-degree limit. That was the third time Samuels' action had been reported; the first instance was in 2008, when he was called for a suspect faster ball after the third Test against South Africa in Durban. He was later suspended from bowling in international cricket but after remedial work on his action, was permitted to bowl in September 2011. Then, once again, he was reported during the Mumbai Test against India in November 2013. Following tests, he was allowed to bowl the offbreak delivery but not his quicker ball.

Samuels last played for West Indies against Pakistan on the tour of the UAE in September-November 2016. He was left out of the squad for the tri-series in Zimbabwe that followed. West Indies' next assignment is the home ODI series against England, starting from March 3.

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  • Mekkayel on February 17, 2017, 18:50 GMT

    Samuels was not dropped he withdrew himself from the team and made himself unavailable for selection

  • Cricinfouser on February 17, 2017, 16:01 GMT

    I think its Time taskin action is scrutinized again., As a neutral fan and cricket lover at heart, i dont see any change in his action since he was cleared

  • TheRealMvp•_• on February 17, 2017, 13:26 GMT

    I know his action looked dubious . Very dubious. @oldtimer01 . But the thing is he WAS tested . The recent clampdown on chucking meant that while earlier very few were reported and then tested NOW they are being repirted and most of the reported are being banned after the test . Howecer murali was one of the few from yesteryear who was actually tested . Many bowkers with odd actions werent even asked to test themseleves . Murali WAS tested and cane through clean .!

  • SHARAT400* on February 17, 2017, 9:42 GMT

    He is cleared to bowl in international cricket, but will he get a chance to represent the West Indies again. Hope he will.

  • Oldtimer01 on February 17, 2017, 9:00 GMT

    Must say muralitharan was lucky to not be playing now. With the advances in technology to detect actions and the strict scrutiny on actions, mural muraltharan would not have survived long. It would have been so sad to then not see muraltharan throwing his way to the world record.

  • viswa_93 on February 17, 2017, 6:22 GMT

    Marlon samuels is a decent player in ODI and T20's. But selectors dropped samuels in ODI side , based on his test form. WICB selectors are worst. They dont know to select which player in which format. Just check samuels average in ODI's. He has the best average among WI team players , who currently play the 50 over format. With samuels , being cleared to bowl, I hope he will be back to WI squad.

  • yoohoo on February 17, 2017, 6:11 GMT

    @CRICFAN69564930 - I think putting some logic into thought would be very useful for you.

  • GoodAreasShane on February 17, 2017, 2:12 GMT

    Samuels may have had an inconsistent and largely underwhelming test career, but is still probably one of the best limited overs batsman in the West Indies.

  • Baddabing on February 17, 2017, 2:01 GMT

    How does he even justify bowling at all, his average and strike-rate are among the worst of any bowlers.

  • 2030-USA-hub on February 17, 2017, 1:17 GMT

    embrace technology, spend money to develop app to monitor the bowling arm to signal for no ball if it is excess of law ful degree in fraction of seconds without interference of umpire.

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