Utseya cleared, but can't bowl offspin
Zimbabwe's Prosper Utseya can resume bowling in international cricket, but he still won't be allowed to bowl his offbreak
Zimbabwe's Prosper Utseya can resume bowling in international cricket, but he still won't be allowed to bowl his offbreak. Utseya's slow and medium-paced deliveries were found to be legal by the ICC, but his offspin deliveries were still measured to be above the permissible limit.
Utseya, who had gone undergone remedial work after being banned from bowling in October, had identified his offspin and a variety of slow and medium deliveries as the type of deliveries he would be bowling during the ICC retest. All his slower deliveries were measured within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions, but not his offspin deliveries.
During matches, the umpires will still be at liberty to report Utseya if they believe he is displaying a suspect action and not reproducing the legal action that was analysed during the retest. To assist in comparing the action used in the lab to the action used in upcoming matches, umpires have been provided with images and video footage of Utseya's remodeled legal bowling action.