WT20 : Two Bangladesh bowlers suspended

WT20 : Two Bangladesh bowlers suspended

ICC suspended pacer Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny on Saturday from bowling in international matches for illegal actions.

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Saqlain Sajib and Shuvagata Hom replaced susTaskin and Sunny are the first Bangladesh bowlers to be suspended for an illegal action. Offspinner Sohag Gazi was suspended from bowling in October 2014, and he was cleared after a second test in February 2015. Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak was the first Bangladesh bowler to be suspended, in November 2008, before the ban was lifted in March 2009. Al-Amin Hossain was also reported for a suspect action in 2014 but was cleared after an assessment in Chennai.pended Arafat Sunny and Taskin Ahmed. Sunny and Ahmed were banned from bowling after their action was found illegal. Both bowlers underwent assessments in Chennai last week, after being reported for  suspect actions during the World T20 round one match against Netherlands.

Taskin and Arafat were reported for illegal action during the qualifying round in Dharamshala.

The pair continued to play until ICC’s sanction ruled them  out of the tournament. Both of them have played against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens, where Sunny took 2 for 34 and Taskin claimed 2 for 32. They can apply for re-assessment at any stage after modifying their bowling actions. They may be allowed  to play in the domestic league, pending the BCB’s permission.

The bans came as a blow to Bangladesh’s chances in the World Twenty20 after they lost to Pakistan by 55 runs in their opening match of the tournament.

“Shame on you ICC. Your action is illegal,” one banner read as young fans rallied against what they described as a “conspiracy” targeting Bangladesh.

“The ICC has been consistently trying to destroy the chances of small teams like Bangladesh to do better in the World Cup. The bans of Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny are part of this conspiracy,” enraged cricket fan Sanjiban Sudip, 23, told AFP.

“This is nothing new. No players from India, Australia or England have been banned for suspect actions. In contrast, plenty of players from teams like Bangladesh were suspended,” he added.

The protesters burned a “symbolic effigy” of the ICC as they concluded their protest. An AFP photographer at the scene said at least 100 people joined the hour-long protest at Dhaka’s Shahbagh square.

Thousands of Bangladeshi fans also vented their frustration on social media after the bowlers failed assessment tests to clear the suspicion over their bowling, as the bans made front-page headlines across the cricket-crazy nation on Sunday.

Bangladesh face an uphill task to make the semi-finals of the World T20 for the first time after losing their opening match to Pakistan last week.

Their next game is against Australia in Bangalore on Monday while they must also face New Zealand and India in the group stages.

The ICC launched a crackdown against suspect actions in 2014, which resulted in several leading bowlers being suspended, including the world’s former number one-ranked spinner Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal.