Bangladesh left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny will head to Chennai today to undergo a test on his suspect bowling action. He will thus miss the third first-round game of the 2016 World Twenty20 against Oman in Dharamsala tomorrow.
Another Bangladesh cricketer whose bowling action was also called into question, right-arm paceman Taskin Ahmed will be available for the Oman game and will only travel to Chennai following the completion of the first round.
Bangladesh Cricket Board’s cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan confirmed the news to the media yesterday.
Explaining the separate travel plans for the two cricketers, Akram said, “Taskin was supposed to play the game (yesterday against Ireland) so travelling the day after will be tough given that he is a pacer. At the same time, we plan to make him play in our third game (against Oman). That is why we have decided to make him travel (this Monday),” said Akram.
Sunny, on the other hand, is scheduled to reach Chennai today and get the action test done at an ICC-accredited laboratory under the supervision of technical experts. Following the test, Sunny is scheduled to join the Bangladesh team in Delhi this Monday.
Sunny and Taskin were reported for suspect bowling actions during their first-round opener against the Netherlands last Wednesday. The two Bangladesh bowlers are however, free to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of testing are known.