Sri Lanka v England: Akila Dananjaya reported for suspect action, Dinesh Chandimal ruled out of Test series

Sport360 staff 16:47 11/11/2018
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Setbacks for Dananjaya (l) and Chandimal (r).

Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya has been reported for a suspect bowling action following the first Test against England, while captain Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out for the rest of the series.

Dananjaya bowled 38.5 overs in the tourists’ 211-run win at Galle, taking two for 183, and drew the attention of umpires Chris Gaffaney and Marais Erasmus.

He will undergo clinical testing in the next 14 days but remains eligible to play the second Test at Kandy. Failure to pass the testing process would result in a ban from bowling.

A statement from the International cricket Council read: “The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Sri Lanka team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 25-year-old’s bowling action.

“Dananjaya’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is.”

Chandimal, meanwhile, will not be available for the Tests in Kandy or Colombo.

He suffered a groin strain and will be on the sidelines for at least two weeks. His replacement is Charith Asalanka, who made an unbeaten half-century against England during a warm-up match in Colombo before the series.

Reports locally indicate further turmoil behind the scenes, with team manager Charith Senanayake said to have tendered his resignation.

With Rangana Herath retired following the Galle Test and young seamer Lahiru Kumara axed from the squad on disciplinary grounds, Sri Lanka cricket is in dire need of good news ahead of Wednesday’s clash at Pallakele Stadium.

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