Melbourne: Rising Australian spinner Arjun Nair has been banned from bowling in domestic cricket for at least three months by the Cricket Australia due to a suspected illegal action during the Big Bash League (BBL) clash.
The match umpires cited concern regarding the legality of the 19-year-old’s bowling action following Nair’s side, Sydney Thunder’s clash against Hobart Hurricanes on December 30. Following the clash, Nair underwent testing at the National Cricket Centre on January 4 and it was later determined that the right-armer’s bowling action was different to the one he displayed during the BBL clash against the Hurricanes.
According to the Cricket Australia’s rules, if a bowler’s action is `markedly different` in testing compared to his action in a particular match then he will be suspended from bowling in all domestic cricket for at least 90 days, cricket.com.au reported.
Nair, however, will only be permitted to resume bowling after his action is deemed to be remedied. Despite the suspension, Nair has been included in the Sydney Thunder’s 13-man squad to take on the Melbourne Stars at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday.