Bangladesh pacer Taskin’s suspension upheld

Mumbai, March 23 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday announced that Bangladesh’s Taskin Ahmed’s suspension from bowling in international cricket has been upheld, following a review hearing conducted by a judicial commissioner.

Taskin was reported for suspected illegal bowling action by officials in Bangladesh’s opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 against the Netherlands at Dharamsala on March 9. He undertook an independent assessment at the ICC-accredited testing centre in Chennai on March 15.

This assessment found that some of Taskin’s standard deliveries exceeded the permissible level of elbow extension and, as such, his bowling action was found to be illegal. He was suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.

Taskin exercised his right to request an expeditious review of his case by a Judicial Commissioner.

The hearing was conducted on Tuesday by Michael Beloff QC over a tele-conference call that lasted several hours and in which numerous legal challenges were made on behalf of the player.

“Having carefully considered those arguments and the responses of the ICC, Beloff has now notified all parties concerned of his decision that Taskin’s suspension from bowling in international cricket shall be upheld and indicated that a written reasoned decision will be provided in due course,” ICC said in a statement.

In the meantime, Taskin may, at any time following appropriate remedial work, apply to the ICC for a re-assessment of his bowling action, which shall be carried out in the same manner as the initial independent assessment, according to the ICC.

In the event of such re-assessment concluding that Taskin has remedied his bowling action and that his elbow extension is within the permissible level on all of his standard deliveries, his suspension shall be lifted and he shall be permitted to resume bowling in international cricket.

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