Marlon Samuels' action was reported when West Indies toured Sri Lanka in October © Getty Images
Marlon Samuels’ action was reported when West Indies toured Sri Lanka in October © Getty Images

West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has been banned from bowling in international cricket for a period of 12 months after an independent assessment took place in the the ICC accredited testing centre in Brisbane earlier in December.  He was also reported by the umpires during West Indies’ first Test defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka at Galle in October.  ICC Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions eventually concluded that it was not in accordance with the rules and have therefore suspended the West Indies star from bowling in international cricket for the next 12 months. FULL SOCRECARD: Australia vs West Indies, 1st Test at Hobart

According to the release from the ICC, ” The assessment revealed that Samuel’s elbow extension exceeded 15 degrees while bowling and, thus, he employed an illegal bowling action. Samuels was originally suspended from bowling his faster deliveries in international cricket in December 2013. As this report constitutes the player’s second suspension within a two-year period, he is now automatically suspended from bowling in international cricket for a 12-month period. READ: Shane Warne: Brian Lara should help West Indies in Test series vs Australia

Samuels is entitled to appeal any procedural aspect of the Independent Assessment that has led to this automatic suspension. However, only after the expiry of this one-year period will he be entitled to approach the ICC for a re-assessment of his bowling action.” READ: Why Frank Worrell Trophy 2015-16 is important for the future of West Indies cricket

Samuels is currently in Australia as he is part of the West Indies squad that is currently playing a three Test series against Australia. West Indies lost the first test at Hobart by an innings and 212 runs and will look to bounce back in the second Test, which starts in a few day’s time.