SL offspinner Kaushal can bowl if he doesn’t employ ‘doosra’

  • AFP, Colombo
  • Updated: Sep 29, 2015 17:56 IST
Sri Lanka's Tharindu Kaushal during a practice session ahead of the third and final Test match against India in Colombo, on August 27, 2015. (Reuters Photo)

After being reported for a suspect action, Sri Lankan off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal has been cleared to resume playing provided he does not bowl the “doosra” delivery, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday.

Kaushal, 22, was reported during the third Test against India from August 28 to September 1, but tests at an ICC-accredited centre in Chennai cleared him partially.

The ‘doosra’(the second one) is the Hindi/Urdu word for the off-spinner’s googly, which turns from leg side to off.

Tharindu Kaushal bowls during the fourth day of the second Test match against India at the P Sara Oval in Colombo, on August 23, 2015. (AFP Photo)

“The results showed that the level of elbow extension measured for all deliveries bowled was well within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under ICC regulations,” the world governing body said in a statement.

“However, the assessment also revealed that Kaushal’s ‘doosra’ was found to exceed the 15-degree level of tolerance and it should no longer be bowled in international cricket.”

Kaushal has picked up 24 wickets from six Tests since making his international debut last December.

Acting on the recommendations of its cricket committee last year, the ICC has cracked down on suspect bowling actions, with off-spinners being the main target.

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