Taskin Ahmed (left) and Arafat Sunny © Getty Images and AFP
Taskin Ahmed (left) and Arafat Sunny © Getty Images and AFP

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Bangladeshi bowling duo of Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny for illegal bowling actions, during the ICC World T20 2016 tournament being played in India. The ICC informed on Saturday evening in a press release that the bowlers have been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect. Bangladesh had cleared the first hurdle in the Round 1, and had qualified in the Group 2 of the main round of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2016 in India. The ICC said that Sunny’s bowling action exceeds the 15 degrees’ level of tolerance, whereas not all deliveries from Taskin were found illegal. ALSO READ: Mashrafe Mortaza: Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny have undergone tests for suspect action

The ICC’s release said, “​The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that independent assessments have found the bowling actions of Bangladesh’s Arafat Sunny and Taskin Ahmed to be illegal and, as such, both the bowlers have been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect. Arafat’s analysis revealed that the elbow extension for majority of his deliveries had exceeded the 15 degrees’ level of tolerance permitted under the ICC Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions, while not all of Taskin’s deliveries were legal.” ALSO READ: MS Dhoni-Taskin Ahmed fan image controversy in Asia Cup 2016: Indian hackers clear air on why they hacked Bangladesh websites

The release added, “As a consequence of these suspensions, the Bangladesh cricket team is permitted to apply to the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Event Technical Committee for approval to replace the two bowlers in the squad for the remainder of the event.” ALSO READ: Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurasinghe left furious after Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny reported of suspect action

“In accordance with Article 6.1 of the ICC Regulations, Arafat’s and Taskin’s international suspensions will also be recognised and enforced by all the Members for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction. However, with the consent of Bangladesh Cricket Board, the two bowlers may be able to play in domestic cricket events played in Bangladesh under its auspices. Arafat and Taskin were reported after their side’s opening match in the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 against the Netherlands in Dharamsala on Wednesday, March 9. The independent assessments were performed at the ICC-accredited testing centre in Chennai. Arafat’s bowling action was analysed on March 12, while Taskin’s test was performed on March 15.”