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ICC confirms reporting of West Indian Bowler Jermaine Lawson

The ICC has confirmed that West Indian fast bowler Jermaine Lawson is on report for a suspect bowling action.

The report was made by Umpires Shepherd and Venkataraghavan after reviewing footage of Lawson's action taken on the first day of the Fourth Test between Australia and the West Indies in Antigua.

ICC Match Referee, Mike Procter has since informed both the ICC and the player's team management of the decision, as per the ICC regulations governing the reporting process.

"The umpires asked to review footage of Lawson's action from the first day's play. After reviewing the footage today the umpires have now reported the bowler to the ICC," said Procter.

"This issue now comes under the ICC's regulations dealing with this matter and over the next six weeks Lawson and the West Indies Cricket Board will have the opportunity to work on any areas of concern. Lawson will be able to continue to play during this time."

The umpires nominated a number of deliveries that were of concern including over 19, ball 2; over 21, balls 2,3, and 6; over 23, ball 4; over 25, ball 4; over 33, ball 5; over 37, ball 1; over 67, balls 2 and 4; and over 71, balls 1 and 2.

The ICC's regulations detail a two-stage process for bowlers reported for suspect actions.

Lawson is now under stage one of the process, which allows Lawson to continue to play international cricket while working with specialist advisors to be appointed by his home Board and a human movement specialist from an ICC specialist panel to review his bowling action. This stage will last up to six weeks.

At the end of this time, a detailed report will be compiled by the West Indies Cricket Board and submitted to the ICC. This will then be circulated to all ICC Match Referees and Elite Panel umpires for information and reference.

No further report can be lodged within this six week period, however, the bowler remains subject to being "called" on the field by an umpire in accordance with the laws of the game.

Stage Two of the process applies if, after the six week period expires, a second report is lodged.

A formal hearing is then held by the ICC's Bowling Review Group (BRG) and the player may be banned from the game for 12 months or until the BRG is satisfied that the concerns with his action are rectified before the expiration of this time.