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Sri Lanka spinner Sachithra Senanayake has returned home after completing a 10-day remedial course to fix his bowling action, which was deemed illegal last month.
Senanayake worked with human movement expert Darryl Foster at the University of Western Australia in Perth over the 10 days. However, it will take another two weeks for Foster and his team to generate a report on whether Senanayake’s bowling action complies with the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) bowling conditions.
But, while Foster may be satisfied with the work he has done to help Senanayake rectify his bowling action, it all comes down to the ICC clearing him for international duty.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) are now looking to send Senanayake to get his action tested at Cardiff Metropolitan University at the earliest date possible since they want to start playing international cricket as soon as possible. This means that they will be looking for him to play during the limited overs home series against England in November.
“SLC will be presenting Sachithra to the ICC accredited Cardiff Metropolitan University for clearance testing subject to the pending report from Perth,” a board release said. “This report is expected to reach SLC within the next fortnight.”
Senanayake was first reported for having a suspicious bowling action during the fourth ODI between Sri Lanka and England at Lord’s, which Sri Lanka won by seven runs.
According to reports, Foster believes that Senanayake’s action deteriorated due to the fact that he was constantly asked to bowl during the Powerplay.
During the remedial course, Senanayake was found to be flexing his elbow as much as 43 degrees, which is nearly three times higher than the 15-degree limit set by the ICC.
While Senanayake makes his way back to playing international cricket, Sri Lanka will have to focus on the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan, which gets underway tomorrow in Hambantota.