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ICC suspends Selladore Vijayakumar, Tom Sole, Abiodun Abioye over illegal bowling actions

Tom Sole celebrates after taking his first wicket of the day Peter Della Penna

Three players competing at the men's T20 World Cup qualifiers have been suspended from bowling with immediate effect after a panel deemed their bowling actions to be illegal.

"Selladore Vijayakumar of Singapore, Tom Sole of Scotland and Abiodun Abioye of Nigeria have been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after the Event Panel of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier confirmed that they use illegal actions," the ICC said in a statement.

Vijayakumar was reported by match officials during Singapore's game against Scotland last Friday, Sole in Scotland's match against Kenya the following day, and Abioye during Nigeria's match against Canada on Monday.

The event panel, comprising members of the ICC panel of human movement specialists, viewed video footage of the players bowling in the tournament and concluded that all three employed actions that exceeded the allowed 15 degrees of tolerance. As a result, they were immediately suspended from bowling in international cricket in accordance with ICC regulations.

Sole was previously cleared of having an illegal action during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe.