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Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya Banned From Bowling For 1 Year Over Illegal Action

Mumbai: Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya has been suspended from bowling in international cricket for 12 months. Dananjaya was informed of suspected bowling action during the recently concluded New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka (14–18 August).

Dananjaya did not play the second Test of the series.

After this one-year period ends after making the necessary changes, Dananjaya can approach the ICC to reevaluate his bowling action.

Dananjaya was first reported in December 2018 for suspected bowling action. But, the ban was lifted in February 2019. According to the ICC, if a bowler is suspended twice in a two-year period, he automatically faces a ban from international cricket for 12 months.

The suspension also means that Dananjaya will not be a part of Sri Lanka’s World Cup 2020 T20 squad. Lasith Malinga-led side will be looking for a new spinner in his absence.

Akila Dananjaya has played 22 T20Is for Sri Lanka and picked up 22 wickets. The unorthodox spinner has also represented Sri Lanka in six Tests and 36 ODIs.

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