Sachithra Senanayake © Getty Images
Sachithra Senanayake was called for a suspect action in May © Getty Images

Johannesburg: Sep 26, 2014

Sri Lanka revealed on Thursday that it would allow suspended off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake to play domestic cricket as he is making good progress in remedying his bowling action. The International Cricket Council (ICC) had said in a statement that Senanayake had worked with some experts in University of Western Australia and made tremendous improvement as the off-spinner continues training with his coaches.

In the meantime Sri Lanka Cricket would allow Senanayake to play in the local commercial cricket tournament, which starts next month, as per ICC guidelines, a significant step for the bowler to return to the game, Sport24 reported. The ICC guidelines say that a suspended bowler could play domestic cricket with the permission and supervision of the home board.

Senanayake was suspended from bowling in international cricket in July after being reported to be having a suspect action during Sri Lanka’s tour to England in May as tests showed that he was exceeding the allowed 15-degree elbow extension while delivering the ball. Before the suspension Senanayake had played 37 ODIs for Sri Lanka claiming 40 wickets. In 17 Twenty20 internationals he took 18 wickets, the report added.