Bangladesh cricket heaved a sigh of relief after paceman Taskin Ahmed and spinner Arafat Sunny were cleared to bowl in international cricket by the International Cricket Council on Friday.
With the clearance, Taskin joined as the 14th member of the Bangladesh squad for the first two one-day internationals against Afghanistan. The three-match ODI series begins in Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday.
ICC found both Taskin and Sunny’s bowling action to be legal following remedial work and re-assessments. The governing body of world cricket allowed the two Bangladesh bowlers to resume playing international cricket with immediate effect.
At the re-assessments, which were carried out at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, Australia on September 8, it was revealed that the amount of elbow extension in all of Sunny and Taskin’s deliveries were now within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations. However, ICC has kept the umpires free to report Sunny and Taskin in the future if they believe the bowlers have a suspect action.
“It is a great relief, not only for me but for my family as well. I'm thankful to those who have supported me during the tough times. And special thanks to the [Bangladesh Cricket] board and the national team management for giving me full-out support,” said Taskin in his prompt reaction to the bowling action review result.
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Bangladesh fast bowler Taskin Ahmed is all smiles during their training session in Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Friday Dhaka Tribune/Mainoor Islam Manik
The national selection panel had declared a 13-member squad for the Afghanistan series on Thursday with the aim of including Taskin, who was waiting for the bowling action review outcome.
“It is a great honour when people like the selectors and the board wait for your comeback. The selection panel had kept a spot empty in the squad for me and I'm thankful to them. Now I'm due to repay the faith shown by the selectors and the team management,” he added.
Since the suspension in March this year, both Taskin and Sunny had worked under the supervision of the BCB. The BCB earlier this year introduced a bowling action review committee and both Taskin and Sunny worked closely with the committee. For the very first time in the history of Bangladesh cricket, 2D Technology was used to help Taskin and Sunny rectify their actions.
On the other hand, Sunny, who was not included in the 20-man Bangladesh squad for the upcoming England series, said he was under immense pressure ever since his bowling action review test.
“To be honest, I was under tremendous pressure since the day I appeared for the test. Now, I feel very relaxed. At the moment, I am not thinking that I am not a part of the England series. Rather, my full attention is on the National Cricket League, which starts tomorrow. I am not worried that I not in the national team right now,” said Sunny on Friday.
Both Taskin and Sunny were reported of illegal bowling action after their side’s opening match in the 2016 World Twenty20 against the Netherlands in Dharamsala on March 9. The independent assessments were performed after four days at the ICC-accredited testing centre in Chennai.
On March 19, the duo were suspended from bowling in international cricket after the results of the test in Chennai came out negative.
Two days later, the BCB appealed to the ICC over the suspension on Taskin, only to see it turned down by an ICC Judicial Commissioner on March 23.
March 9, 2016 – Taskin and Sunny reported for illegal bowling action after Bangladesh’s opening game in the 2016 World T20 against the Netherlands.
March 14, 2016 – Both headed to Chennai for bowling action test.
March 19, 2016 – ICC suspended both Taskin and Sunny from international cricket due to illegal bowling action.
March 21, 2016 – Bangladesh Cricket Board appeals to ICC over Taskin suspension.
March 23, 2016 - Taskin’s suspension from bowling in international cricket upheld following a review hearing conducted by a Judicial Commissioner.
September 8, 2016 – Both appeared for bowling action review test at an ICC-accredited centre in Brisbane, Australia.
September 22, 2016 – ICC cleared the duo and allowed them to bowl in international cricket with immediate effect.