Shaminda Eranga was reported for suspect action on May 31, 2016 © Getty Images
Shaminda Eranga was reported for suspect action on May 31, 2016 © Getty Images

Sri Lanka have been given a major blow as their fast bowler Shaminda Eranga has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect by the International Cricket Council (ICC). After an independent assessment, the bowling action of Eranga has been deemed illegal. According to the ICC, all of Eranga’s deliveries exceeded the 15 degree level of tolerance, which is prescribed by the ICC. Eranga was reported for suspect action during the second Test against England at Chester-le-Street on May 31, 2016. Sri Lanka will play a five-match One-Day International (ODI) series and a one-off T20I match against England. Full Cricket Scorecard: England vs Sri Lanka 2016, 1st ODI at Birmingham

According to ICC media release, “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 played in Sri Lanka under the auspices of Sri Lanka Cricket. READ: Shaminda Eranga hospitalised with heart ailment ahead of England vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI

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.”

The test was performed on 6 June at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough, which is an ICC accredited testing centre.

It was earlier reported that Eranga was hospitalised in England with a heart ailment, Sri Lanka Cricket sources said on Sunday. Eranga’s hospitalisation takes place just two days ahead of the first One-Day International(ODI) in Nottingham. His absence will be a blow to Sri Lanka who missed the services of Dhammika Prasad and Dushmantha Chameera during the Test series.

(With inputs from PTI)