International ban for Senanayake

Banbury Cake: Sachithra Senanayake's action was scrutinised after the one-day international at Lord's Sachithra Senanayake's action was scrutinised after the one-day international at Lord's

Sri Lanka spinner Sachithra Senanayake has been banned from bowling in international cricket due to an illegal action.

The 29-year-old was reported by the on-field umpires during last month's one-day international series with England, and was ordered to undergo testing by the International Cricket Council.

Four deliveries sent down in the fourth ODI at Lord's were deemed to be in breach of the 15-degree elbow extension permitted under ICC rules, and he has been suspended from bowling internationally with immediate effect.

It is the second time Senanayake has been forced to undergo biomechanical testing, having previously been reported on a Sri Lanka A tour of England two years ago.

But, while he passed on that occasion, he was assessed at Cardiff Metropolitan University and found to have transgressed.

A statement from Sri Lanka Cricket read: "The standard ICC illegal action testing protocol was used to assess the degree of elbow extension from the point of upper arm horizontal to ball release within the bowling action. Fifteen-degree elbow extension threshold was exceeded in the four deliveries considered to be suspect in the 4th ODI played at Lords.

"The report concludes that Sachithra bowled with an illegal bowling action and consequently he is banned from bowling in international cricket, effective immediately. This matter will be referred to the SLC Cricket Committee for their recommendation."

England made little secret of their views on Senanayake's action, although denied suggestions they had called on umpires Ian Gould and Marais Erasmus to investigate.

Senanayake attracted few friends on the recently-completed tour, completing a controversial 'Mankad' style dismissal of Jos Buttler the match after he was reported.

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