Marlon Samuels, the West Indian batsman, has been allowed to resume bowling in international cricket after the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Thursday (February 16) that his bowling action was found to be legal, following remedial work and reassessment.
Samuels, who bowls more than occasional offspin, was reported during West Indies’ first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle in October 2015, a match Sri Lanka had won by an innings and six runs. He was later banned in December 2015 from bowling in international cricket for 12 months after his action was found to be illegal for the second time in a two-year period.
Following the end of the 12-month ban period, Samuels underwent a reassessment of his bowling action on January 29 at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough, where the tests revealed that his elbow extension for all his offspin deliveries was within the permissible 15 degrees, and therefore legal.
However, the ICC said that the umpires could still report Samuels if they believe he is bowling in future games with a suspect action and not reproducing the legal action. The umpires will be given images and video footage of his remodelled legal bowling action to help them.
If Samuels is reported again, he will have to undergo further analysis of his bowling action at an ICC accredited testing centre.
West Indies’ next international assignment is a three-match One-Day International series against England at home beginning on March 3. Samuels last played on the tour of the UAE against Pakistan in November before he was left out of the squad for the tri-series in Zimbabwe later that same month.