Sri Lankan spinner Akila Danajaya has been cleared to bowl again international cricket by the International Cricket Council (ICC). He had undergone an assessment after his action was found to be illegal. The spinner made corrections to the questioned deliveries and is now given a go to bowl again.
He was reported for a suspect action in November 2018 in Sri Lanka’s first Test against England. He had undergone an assessment in the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane on November 23. His stock deliveries – off-spin, were found to be exceeding the permissible tolerance limit of 15 degrees.
Akila Dananjaya remodeled his action and now the amount of elbow extension for all his deliveries was found to be within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations in an assessment in Chennai on February 2. However, his action can still come under the scanner if the officials suspect.
Major boost for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka was quick to act after the ban on Akila Dananjaya was lifted. The spinner has been added to Sri Lanka’s squad for the 5-ODI series in South Africa. Just like every other team, Sri Lanka is also in the process of finalizing the squad for the ODI World Cup which is just over 3 months away from now.
Dananjaya was a prominent member of Sri Lanka’s ODI setup before the suspension. His inclusion could prove to be a boost for the Asian country that has had a tough time of late in international cricket. But one thing that remains to be seen is whether the spinner would be as effective as before. There have been incidents when the remodeled actions haven’t brought the same returns for a few spinners in the past.