Dubai, Dec 14: West Indies off-spinner Marlon Samuels has been banned from bowling in international cricket for 12 months after his bowling action was found to be illegal, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said.
On Sunday (December 13), ICC said Samuels' elbow extension exceeded 15 degrees while bowling and, thus, he employed an illegal bowling action.
"West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has been banned from bowling in international cricket for 12 months following an independent assessment of his action, which took place at the ICC's accredited testing centre in Brisbane earlier this month," ICC said in a media release
"The 34-year-old was assessed after the legality of his bowling action came under question by the match officials during West Indies' first Test defeat against Sri Lanka in Galle (14-17 October).
"Following the match, Samuels was reported by the match officials pursuant to the ICC Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions and subsequently underwent the independent assessment in Brisbane in accordance with the Regulations," ICC added.
Samuels was originally suspended from bowling his faster deliveries in international cricket in December 2013.
As this report constitutes the player's second suspension within a two-year period, he is now automatically suspended from bowling in international cricket for a 12-month period.
Samuels is entitled to appeal any procedural aspect of the Independent Assessment that has led to this automatic suspension. However, only after the expiry of this one-year period will he be entitled to approach the ICC for a re-assessment of his bowling action.