Waller suspended for illegal bowling action

HARARE - Zimbabwe all-rounder Malcolm Waller has been suspended from international cricket after his bowling action was found to be illegal.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday confirmed that an independent analysis has found the bowling action of Zimbabwe’s Malcolm Waller to be illegal and, as such, the off-spinner has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.

The analysis revealed that all of his off-spin deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.

Waller was reported after the second Test against Bangladesh in Khulna last month. The analysis was performed by the ICC’s accredited team of Human Movement Specialists at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria on December 7.

Waller can apply for a re-assessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with clause 2.4 of the Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions.

Waller will now be considered only as a batsman for the World Cup set to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand beginning on February 14.

The suspension of the 30-year-old cricketer comes hard on the hills of fellow off-spinner Prosper Utseya who was recently cleared to bowl again in international cricket.

29-year-old off-spinner Utseya was cleared to bowl in international cricket again by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after he was earlier suspended for an illegal bowling action.

Utseya, however, will not be allowed to bowl off-spin after his action was condemned by the world cricket governing body.

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