Utseya suspended from bowling in international cricket

Zimbabwe spinner Prosper Utseya has been banned from bowling in international cricket due to an illegitimate arm action.

Utseya was reported by on-field officials Jeremiah Matibiri and Chris Gaffaney, third umpire Owen Chirombe and match referee Roshan Mahanama after the third ODI against South Africa in August.

Testing at an accredited facility in Cardiff later found Utseya’s action exceeded the International Cricket Council’s 15-degree limit. He will soon undergo remedial work and apply for retesting.

“Following the immediate suspension of Prosper, Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa has met with the player and the senior national team technical staff,” read a media release from Zimbabwe Cricket.

“Utseya expressed confidence that he can modify his bowling action. Zimbabwe Cricket is now looking for the relevant technical expertise to work with Utseya to modify his action in the shortest possible time, after which an application will be made to the ICC for his re-assessment.”

Zimbabwe will tour Bangladesh for three Tests and five ODIs between 25 October and 1 December. They have been pooled with South Africa, United Arab Emirates, West Indies, Pakistan, Ireland and India at next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.