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ICC suspends Zimbabwe spinner Roy Kaia from bowling in int’l cricket

Dubai: An independent assessment has found Zimbabwe allrounder Roy Kaia’s bowling action to be illegal, and he has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday.

Roy can, however, bowl in domestic cricket with the consent of Zimbabwe Cricket.

‘In accordance with Article 11.1 of the ICC regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspect illegal bowling actions, Kaia’s international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all national cricket federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction,’ an ICC release said.

‘However, according to Article 11.5 of the Regulations and with the consent of Zimbabwe Cricket, Kaia may be able to bowl in domestic cricket events played under their auspices,’ it added.

The 29-year-old off-spinner was reported with a suspect bowling action during the one-off Test against Bangladesh played in Harare from July 7-11.

As per ICC release, an expert panel reviewed footage of Kaia’s bowling action because “assessment at an ICC accredited centre was not possible due to various restrictions resulting from Covid-19”.

The panel concluded that his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations and his bowling action was illegal.

Kaia can apply for a re-assessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with the ICC Regulations.

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