Senanayake banned after flex testing

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Sri Lanka spinner Sachithra Senanayake has been banned from bowling in international matches due to his off-spin action.

Sri Lanka spinner Sachithra Senanayake has been banned from bowling in international matches after his off-spin action was found to breach ICC regulations, following biometric testing in Cardiff.

The dangerous spinner was reported to the ICC on 31 May, during the ODI series against England, but was allowed to keep bowling until a ruling was reached. He was tested in Cardiff in June, and four of his deliveries have been deemed illegal.

At the time, he was banned from bowling the Doosra, but now his arm ball and seam up slider have also been found to breach the 15-degree flex rule. He will have 14 days to appeal the decision.

If he does not appeal, he will have to work on his action and be tested again, before he can bowl in a match again. He will then be on probation for two years, and if he's reported again, he could be banned for a year.

While the spinner has been reported before, in 2011, he has not been suspended before.

A statement from Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed the news: "The Standard ICC Illegal Action Testing Protocol was used to assess the degree of elbow extension from the point of upper arm horizontal to ball release within the bowling action.

"15-degree elbow extension threshold was exceeded in the four deliveries considered to be suspect in the 4th ODI played at Lords.

"The report concludes that Sachithra bowled with an illegal bowling action and consequently he is banned from bowling in international cricket, effective immediately.

"This matter will be referred to the SLC Cricket Committee for their recommendation."

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