Samuels’ bowling still suspect

Sri Lankan cricketer Dimuth Karunarathne, right, successfully appeals for the dismissal of West Indies’ batsman Marlon Samuels during the fourth day of the first test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Galle, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015.
Associated Press / Pamod Nilru

West Indies off-spinner Marlon Samuels has been reported for the third time in seven years for a suspected bowling action.

He will have to undergo testing on his action within two weeks, but he will be allowed to continue bowling until the results of the tests are disclosed.

An International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a press release last week that the match officials report following the recent first Test in Galle, against Sri Lanka “cited concerns about the legality of the 34-year-old’s bowling action.”

Under ICC regulations, Samuels will now be required to have his action tested within 14 days, but will be allowed to continue his bowling until the results are released.

Samuels bowled 27 overs in the Galle Test, which West Indies lost by an innings and six runs inside four days last week.

He took just one wicket, that of opener Dimuth Karunaratne who top-scored with l86.

The latest incident is the third time Samuels has been reported for having a suspected bowling action.

He was banned from bowling after being cleared in 2011, was called again in 2013 and banned for bowling his faster delivery exceeded the 15 degree level permitted by the ICC.

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