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Bangladesh’s Arafat, Taskin suspended for illegal bowling actions

Bangladesh bowler Taskin Ahmed reacts after England's batsman James Taylor was caught out by Imrul Kayes during their Cricket World Cup match in Adelaide, March 9, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET) - RTR4SKUR

Kolkata: Bangladesh off-spinner Arafat Sunny and fast bowler Taskin Ahmed have been suspended from bowling in the international cricket by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after an independent assessment found their bowling action to be ‘illegal’.

The duo underwent assessment in Chennai, where majority of Arafat’s deliveries were found to have exceeded the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the regulations, while some of Taskin’s deliveries were illegal.

As a result of these suspensions, the Bangladesh cricket team is permitted to apply to the ICC World T20 Event Technical Committee for their approval to replace the two bowlers for the remainder of the event.

In accordance with Article 6.1 of the ICC Regulations, Arafat’s and Taskin’s international suspensions will also be recognised and enforced by all the members for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction.

The two bowlers, however, will be allowed to play in domestic cricket events played in Bangladesh with the consent of their cricket board.

Earlier, Arafat and Taskin had been reported for suspect bowling actions during their side’s opening match in the T20 format’s pinnacle event against the Netherlands in Dharamsala on Wednesday.(ANI)