Shillingford banned from bowling after action found to be illegal

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Shillingford cannot bowl until his elbow extension is found to be within the legal limit

The International Cricket Council (ICC) have banned West Indies spinner Shane Shillingford from bowling after his action was found to be illegal. 

West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has also been banned from bowling quicker deliveries as his action was found to be illegal as well. 

Both Shillingford and Samuels had undergone biomechanical analysis on November 29 in Perth. 

Shillingford has taken six wickets at an average of 42.66 in the first two Tests against New Zealand, but will not be available for the third and final Test in Hamilton. 

Samuels has yet to bowl in the series. 

According to the ICC, the biomechanical analysis revealed that Shillingford’s elbow extension while bowling his regular off-break delivery and doosra were above the legal limit of 15 degrees.

Shillingford will remain suspended until he undergoes another exam which proves that his elbow extension is within the legal limit. 

Earlier this week, West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson stated that he had no doubt Shillingford would be cleared. 

“There are a few people around the world bowling with similar, if not worse actions, so I expect him to be cleared for sure,” Gibson had said. 

Meanwhile, Samuels’ normal off-break delivery was found to be within the legal limit, but his quicker delivery was not. 

If Samuels is reported once again in the next two years, he will have to undergo another biomechanical analysis. 

If Samuels is found to have an illegal action for any of his deliveries, he will be banned from bowling in international cricket for a minimum of 12 months. 

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