Cricket: Sri Lanka to coach banned spinner Senanayake

COLOMBO, July 13, 2014 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s cricket authorities decided Sunday to send off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake for intense coaching after the International Cricket Council (ICC) ruled his bowling action illegal and banned him from international matches. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said the coaching team was being asked to study reports from the ICC and take corrective action.

The ICC told the SLC Saturday that it investigated a complaint following a Sri Lankan victory over England at Lord’s in May and concluded that Senanayake used an illegal bowling action.

“The ICC today confirmed that an independent test had found the bowling action of… Senanayake to be illegal and, as such, the player has been suspended from bowling in international cricket,” the ICC said in a statement a day after SLC announced the ban.

Ranatunga said Sri Lanka was abiding by the ICC decision, but was also moving to address any problems with Senanayake’s bowling and take corrective steps so that he could return to international cricket.

“If there is anything to be corrected with his bowling action, we want to do it and get him to play as soon as possible,” Ranatunga told AFP. “We want to rectify any problem.”

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