On a day when Sri Lanka fast bowler Shaminda Eranga was admitted to a hospital in Dublin for elevated heartbeat, he was suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday. The bowling action of the 29-year-old was reported as suspect during the second Test against England at Chester-le-Street on May 31, 2016.
Following an independent assessment on this issue by ICC, the bowling action of Eranga was deemed illegal. According to the ICC, all of Eranga’s deliveries exceeded the 15 degree level rule.
ICC statement on the issue said, “In accordance with Article 6.1 of the regulations, Eranga’s international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction, save that, with the consent of Sri Lanka Cricket, Eranga may be able to play in domestic cricket events in Sri Lanka under the auspices of Sri Lanka Cricket.
The player can apply for a re-assessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with clause 2.4 of the Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions.”
Earlier in the day Eranga was admitted to a hospital in Dublin to undergo tests on an elevated heartbeat. Though it is being reported that pacer is in a stable condition but doctors will keep the cricketer under observation until Monday.
After the conclusion of Test series, Sri Lanka will now play a five-match One-Day International (ODI) series and a one-off T20I match against England.