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Bangladesh pair cleared for return

23 September 2016

Bangladesh will welcome back seamer Taskin Ahmed after his bowling action was deemed legal by the ICC // Getty

Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny have both had their actions deemed legal after passing tests at the NCC in Brisbane.

Bangaldesh duo Arafat Sunny and Taskin Ahmed have had their bowling actions cleared by the International Cricket Council and the pair are now free to resume bowling in international cricket.

The ICC today announced that both players had passed tests following remedial work at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, with their elbows not exceeding the permitted 15-degree level of tolerance for all their deliveries.           

The clearance of Taskin, a 21-year-old fast-bowler, paves the way for his return to Bangladesh’s one-day international side for their upcoming three-match series against Afghanistan, starting on Sunday.

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Both bowlers had been banned from bowling in international cricket during this year's World T20 in India, though they were both named in a preliminary 30-man squad for the England Test and ODI series.

Taskin and Sunny had been reported for suspected illegal actions following their side's opening match of the World T20 group stage, an eight-run win against the Netherlands in Dharamshala on March 9.

They were assessed at the ICC-accredited independent testing facility at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai a week later and their suspensions were upheld.

But while both can now return to the bowling crease for Bangladesh following their re-assessments in Brisbane, umpires are free to report Arafat and Taskin in the future if they believe they have a suspect action.

Bangladesh squad for Afghanistan ODI series: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mosaddek Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Taijul Islam, Shafiul Islam and Rubel Hossain.

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