Marlon Samuels suspended from bowling in international cricket

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Dubai, Feb 25 (UNI) In a far reaching decision the ICC today suspended West Indies bowler Marlon Samuels suspended from bowling in international cricket pending fresh assessment after independent analysis of his bowling action revealed that his off-break and fast deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under regulations.

The independent analysis was performed by Dr Mark King, member of the ICC Panel of Human Movement Specialists, at the National Cricket Academy, Loughborough University in England on 11 February.

The analysis showed that Samuels' average elbow flexion/extension angle for an off-break delivery was 27 degrees, while the elbow flexion/extension angle for his faster delivery was 35 degrees. The elbow flexion/extension angle for his arm ball was two degrees.

Although only his fast deliveries were reported as suspect, the ICC process required his action generally, including the fast delivery, to be analysed.

The suspension applies with immediate effect. He can apply for re-assessment of his bowling action after he has modified it in accordance with clause G of the regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling actions.

Samuels was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action in respect of his fast deliveries by the on-field umpires Simon Taufel and Aleem Dar and third umpire Brian Jerling following the completion of the third Test match between South Africa and the West Indies played in Durban from January 10 to 14.

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