Shillingford dropped from Windwards squad

Shane Shillingford sends Tharanga Paranavitana on his way AFP

Shane Shillingford, the West Indies offspinner, has been dropped from the Windwards Islands squad for next month's Caribbean T20 following his suspension from bowling in international cricket on Tuesday after his action was found to be illegal. Analysis of his action in Perth revealed that his mean elbow extension was 17 degrees, which is above the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the laws.

"We have taken the decision to pull him out of the Caribbean T20 tournament and he will be going to the High Performance Centre in Barbados at the beginning of January where he will commence three-months training," said Emmanuel Nanthan, president of the Dominica Cricket Board and the Windward Islands Cricket Board chief. "It is hoped that at the end of his stint a second test will be done on his action with the view of getting him back for the Test series in 2011."

Shillingford had been reported for a suspect action after the first Test in Sri Lanka in November by on-field umpires Steve Davis and Richard Kettleborough, along with third umpire Asad Rauf and fourth umpire Tyron Wijewardene. The umpires' report cited concern over the straightening of Shillingford's arm while he bowled some deliveries.

Nanthan said the WICB was working to rectify the situation and had sought out independent tests of the bowler's action. "We have received the report from the University of Western Australia and that there is still more information that we have requested."

"As a matter of fact, the WICB is making a request for footage on the testing that was done on Shane. That information will then be submitted to a company in the UK for independent analysis on behalf of the WICB. In the meantime, we want to ensure that Shane remains focused for that battle that is a head and that he is well prepared to get back on the international scene as quickly as possible."

21-year-old Vincentian legspinner Keron Cottoy will replace Shillingford in the 14-man Windwards squad.