India's Ambati Rayudu has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after the part-timer's action was reported during the first ODI against Australia earlier this month, the ICC announced on Monday. The player was asked to submit within 14 days a test of his bowling action, which Rayudu failed to do, deciding against getting his action tested.
"The International Cricket Council today announced that Ambati Rayudu has been suspended from bowling in international cricket," an ICC statement read. â€œThe player elected not to submit to a test of his bowling action within the stipulated period of 14 days of being reported for a suspect action, and therefore he has been suspended with immediate effect in accordance with clause 4.2 of the ICC regulations, which can be found here."
"The suspension will remain in place until he is tested, and can demonstrate he is able to bowl with a legal action," it added.
The 33-year-old India player was reported on January 13 for a suspect action while bowling during the first ODI of the three-match series held against Australia in Sydney. According to ICC laws, an Illegal Bowling Action is where a player is throwing the ball rather than bowling the ball and where the player's elbow extends by an amount of more than 15 degrees.
Rayudu is a part-time bowler and in the said match, he bowled two overs, giving away 13 runs without any wicket.
The ICC announced that Rayudu may, however, continue bowling in domestic cricket without being tested.
"However, according to Article 11.5 of the Regulations and with the consent of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Rayudu may be allowed to bowl in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of the BCCI," the statement further read.