ICC Bans Ambati Rayudu From Bowling In International Cricket

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu

Ambati Rayudu has been suspended from bowling in international cricket, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Monday (January 28).

Part-time bowler Ambati Rayudu has been banned from bowling in international cricket by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after he failed to submit to a test of his bowling action. He was suspended from bowling on an immediate basis by ICC on Monday.

His action was reported by the match officials during the first ODI between India and Australia in the recently-concluded series, which India won 2-1 scripting history Down Under. Rayudu bowled just two overs in the match.

The player elected not to submit to a test of his bowling action within the stipulated period of 14 days of being reported for a suspect action, and therefore he has been suspended with immediate effect in accordance with clause 4.2 of the ICC regulations, which can be found here. The suspension will remain in place until he is tested, and can demonstrate he is able to bowl with legal action,” said ICC in a media release.

Rayudu was reported on January 13 for suspect bowling action during India’s first one-day international (ODI) of their series against Australia and the 33-year-old chose not to submit to a test of his action within the stipulated period of 14 days.

The suspension will remain in place until he is tested, and can demonstrate he is able to bowl with a legal action,” the ICC said in a statement.

However, according to Article 11.5 of the Regulations and with the consent of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Rayudu may be allowed to bowl in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of the BCCI.”

Rayudu, who has claimed three wickets in his ODI career, bowled two overs for 13 runs against Australia as India suffered a 34-run defeat at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

He is currently part of the Indian team playing a five-match ODI series against New Zealand.

Rayudu was used as a part-time bowler by Indian captain Virat Kohli in the ODI opener against Australia. However, his action came under the scanner and was reported after the match. He was supposed to undergo a test of his action under 14 days but he failed to oblige and was subsequently suspended from bowling.  He will remain suspended until he can prove that he can bowl with legal action.

Rayudu bowled two overs in the game at the Sydney Cricket Ground and conceded 13 runs. He failed to make an impact with the ball and struggled to find the rhythm before being taken off by Kohli. India had a sole all-rounder in Ravindra Jadeja, who was playing in the match which forced Kohli to hand the ball to Rayudu in search of a wicket but the move didn’t pay off.

Rayudu has so far played 49 ODI matches for India and picked up three wickets at an average of 41.33 and economy of 40.33. He is currently the part of the Indian squad taking on New Zealand in the ongoing three-match series.

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