Rayudu suspended from bowling in international cricket after failure to undergo test

Sudhir Gupta 12:42 28/01/2019
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India's Ambati Rayudu (r) has been suspended from bowling.

India batsman Ambati Rayudu has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect by the ICC.

Rayudu had been reported for a suspect bowling action by the match officials during the first ODI between Australia and India at Sydney on January 13. ICC protocol calls for the player in question to undergo a bowling test of his suspect action within 14 days from the time of being initially reported.

Rayudu has failed to undergo a bowling test within the stipulated period and hence shall remain suspended from bowling in international cricket. He will only be allowed to resume bowling once he has submitted his bowling action to a test supervised by the ICC.

According to Article 11.5 of the ICC Regulations, Rayudu can still continue to bowl in domestic cricket under the auspices of the BCCI providing the Indian board provides it consent.

Rayudu has so far played 50 ODIs for India in which he has bowled his part-time off-spin on nine occasions. The 33-year-old has picked up three wickets during the course of these appearances.

The right-hander is currently representing India in their ongoing ODI series against hosts New Zealand. Rayudu remains a key figure in the India ODI setup in the run up to the 2019 ICC World Cup in England with skipper Virat Kohli backing him to make the number four spot in the batting order his own.

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