Bangladesh coach questions timing of ICC crackdown on chucking

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Sports Correspondent: Two Bangladeshi bowlers— pacer Taskin Ahmed and spinner Arafat Sunny— were reported for suspected bowling action during their ICC World Twenty20 match against the Netherlands in Dharamsala, India on Wednesday.

The ICC officials have expressed their concerns about the suspect bowling actions of Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny, which has left the Bangladesh team livid.

Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha, though, did not feel there was anything suspect about their actions, and questioned the timing of this report – following their game against the Netherlands on Wednesday – while they have been bowling ‘the same way for the last 12 months’.

‘If they have a concern about my bowlers, I have a concern about their [ICC’s] actions as well,’ Hathurusingha said. ‘I don’t see anything wrong. They have bowled the same way as the last 12 months. As you said if they [the ICC officials]have officiated the matches they have been playing, they must have seen something different yesterday. That’s all I can say.’

It was learnt that Australian on-field umpire Rod Tucker made this report to Bangladesh team manger Khaled Mahmud Sujon after the match and later he informed the matter to match referee Andy Pycroft of Zimbabwe.

The Bangladesh coach informed that his team had received written and official communication from the match officials that they were ‘concerned’ at the actions of the duo.

Hathurusingha, however, said the two Bangladeshi bowlers are free to play and bowl for the time being.

They will have to go for a test of their actions within 14 days of the report, which leaves Chennai centre as their only option if they are to continue taking part in the World T20.

Tucker was an on-field umpire when Bangladesh beat India 2-1 at home, and Pycroft was the match referee. Hathurusingha says the actions of the bowlers have not changed over the last 12 months.

Asked how it affects his side now, Hathurusingha promised they were not going to change their actions. ‘It’s about how you take it,’ he said. ‘As bowlers they are strong enough to understand what they are doing is right. We also think that we have no concern. They have played so much cricket recently as well. It is a surprise for us. We have to take their concerns. They are only concerns at this stage. I don’t think it will affect the way we are playing.’

The Bangladesh coach insisted on one word, ‘yes’, that he believed their actions were clean.

Newsbd71/AR/March 11, 2015

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