The International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday that Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan was reported for a suspect bowling action during the recently concluded fourth Test against South Africa, which the hosts won by 337 runs in New Delhi on Monday.
Match official who filed the report, which was handed over to the Indian team management, expressed concerns about the legality of Dhawan’s off-spin deliveries.
“Dhawan’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions,” the ICC said in a statement. Dhawan, who bowls off-spins, will be allowed to play on till the results of the tests are declared, the sport’s governing body said.
As the South Africans stonewalled the Indian bowlers on the final day of the fourth Test, frustrated skipper Virat Kohli had brought on Dhawan who bowled just three overs for nine runs.
Dhawan reported for suspect bowling action https://t.co/OPd6nDNd6V— ICC Media (@ICCMediaComms) December 9, 2015
Dhawan has made 1,308 runs in 19 Tests but has never taken a wicket from the nine overs he has bowled in those matches.
The ICC had launched a crackdown against suspect actions in June last year, leading to several leading bowlers being reported.
Other bowlers who have been up hauled up include Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez, Bangladesh’s Sohag Gazi, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake and Tharindu Kaushal, and Zimbabwe’s Prosper Utseya and Malcolm Waller.