Nizakat Khan recorded figures of 1 for 10 in the match against Nepal, after which his bowling action was reported © Getty Images
Nizakat Khan recorded figures of 1 for 10 in the match against Nepal, after which his bowling action was reported © Getty Images

Hong Kong leg-spinner Nizakat Khan has been suspended from bowling by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after his bowling action was reported to be illegal. The Pakistan-born spinner’s action was reported after Hong Kong’s ICC World Twenty20 qualifier match against Nepal in Stormont on Wednesday, which Hong Kong won by five wickets. According to an official ICC media release, the assessment was carried out in accordance with Section 4 of the ‘ICC Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Actions’. Khan was reported to the Event Bowling Action Review Panel, whose analysis declared him guilty for the same.

The incident is the latest in ICC’s crackdown on suspect bowling actions, which saw a number of bowlers get suspended, including the likes of Saeed Ajmal (PAK), Sunil Narine (WI), Kane Williamson (NZ), Sohag Gazi (BAN), Mohammad Hafeez (PAK), etc. Ajmal’s ban led to him missing out on a place in the Pakistan squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, a major blow for his side. He eventually was cleared to bowl after mending his bowling action, and made his comeback during the away series against Bangladesh. He wasn’t as effective as he was in the past however, failing to make much of an impact in the series.