x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

UAE spinner Nasir Aziz suspected of illegal action

The 24-year-old was reported after the end of the WCL Division 2 match against Namibia on Friday.

DUBAI // Nasir Aziz, the UAE’s off-spinner, has been reported with a suspected illegal bowling action during the final of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in which the Emirates defeat Namibia by five wickets on Friday.

The 24-year-old was reported after the end of the game by the on-field umpires Sarika Prasad and Buddhi Pradhan of the ICC Associates and Affiliates Umpires’ Panel, along with Gary Baxter, the third umpire, of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires.

ICC Tournament Referee Graeme La Brooy handed over the copy of the report to the UAE team manager Mazhar Khan yesterday morning.

The umpires’ report has cited concern over Aziz’s bowling action with the possibility of it being illegal.

Where a bowler is reported by the umpires due to a suspected illegal action in a ICC WCL match, the policy requires the relevant member board — in this case the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) — to instigate an assessment.

In the meantime, the player is still free to take part in international cricket.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked the ECB to make arrangements for the assessment of Aziz’s bowling action within 21 days from today.

As soon as the assessment has been completed, the ECB must formally report back to the ICC as to what the results of the tests were and what action has been taken.