The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that Bangladesh ace pacer Taskin Ahmed’s suspension from bowling in international cricket has been upheld by a judicial commissioner.
It means that the Tiger cricketer will have to reassess his bowling action by applying to the ICC.
The announcement came after the judicial commissioner conducted hearing of the review petition filed by Taskin.
Meanwhile, confirming the fact that Taskin will have to go for a re-assessment, Bangladesh Cricket Board’s Chief Executive Officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury told The Daily Star: “Hopefully it will not take Taskin a long time as we believe that his error was marginal.”
Taskin undertook an independent assessment at the ICC-accredited testing centre in Chennai on March 15 after he was reported as having a suspected illegal bowling action by the match officials in Bangladesh’s opening match of the ICC World Twenty20, 2016 against Netherlands in Dharamsala on March 9, an ICC media release said this morning.
This independent assessment found Taskin’s bowling action to be illegal and he was suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.
Taskin exercised his right to request an expeditious review of his case by a judicial commissioner. The hearing was conducted yesterday by Michael Beloff QC over a tele-conference call that lasted several hours and in which numerous legal challenges were made on behalf of the player, the ICC release says.
Having carefully considered those arguments and the responses of the ICC, Beloff notified all parties concerned of his decision that Taskin’s suspension shall be upheld and indicated that a written reasoned decision will be provided in due course, it added.
In the meantime, Taskin may, at any time following appropriate remedial work, apply to the ICC for a reassessment of his bowling action, which shall be carried out in the same manner as the initial independent assessment, the release mentioned.
In the event of such re-assessment concluding that Taskin has remedied his bowling action and that his elbow extension is within the permissible level on all of his standard deliveries, his suspension shall be lifted and he shall be permitted to resume bowling in international cricket, the release informed.
Meanwhile, a Facebook event has been created protesting the suspension of Taskin. The event urges all to join a human chain to be formed tomorrow at Lalmatia in Dhaka as part of a protest programme.