Marlon Samuels Cleared to Bowl Again by the ICC

“A comprehensive analysis revealed that his mean elbow extension was now comfortably within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the relevant regulations,” the ICC said in a statement. “During the original test on 11 February 2008, his mean elbow extension had been calculated to be in excess of 15 degrees.”

Samuels was reported for a suspect action by the umpires in the third Test between South Africa and West Indies in Durban in January 2008. On-field umpires Simon Taufel and Aleem Dar and third umpire Brian Jerling reported their doubts over his action, especially with respect to his “fast” deliveries. Roshan Mahanama, the match referee, subsequently informed both the ICC and the West Indies team management of the report, as per the ICC regulations governing the reporting process.

The analysis of Samuels’ action was conducted by Professor Bruce Elliott, a member of the ICC Panel of Human Movement Specialists, and his team at the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health at the University of Western Australia on September 14

As with all bowlers who are tested, Samuels’ action will continue to be scrutinised by match officials to ensure it remains legal. He has taken seven Test wickets at an average of 127 and 57 ODI wickets at 43.24.


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