The ICC has announced the suspension of Papua New Guinea's Nosaina Pokana with immediate effect, following an independent assessment that found the left-arm fast bowler's action to be illegal. The assessment revealed that all of Pokana's deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations. Pokana was reported during an ODI between PNG and Hong Kong in Dubai on 8 December 2017, and had undergone an independent assessment of his bowling action on 6 January 2018 at the National Cricket Centre, Brisbane.

In accordance with Article 6.1 of the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations, Pokana's international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played under their jurisdiction.

Pokana can apply for a re-assessment after modifying his bowling action.