Tharindu Kaushal, a 22-year-old Sri Lankan off spinner, has become the latest international bowler to be reported for an illegal action following the suspensions of Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal, with Hafeez still suspended from bowling and Ajmal having to remodel his entire action.
Kaushal was reported during the third Test against India in Colombo by the match officials, with an official ICC statement saying:"Kaushal’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is."
He now has to complete the ICC's testing within 14 days but can continue to bowl in international cricket until the ICC know the results of that test.
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Promising Young Cricketer
Kaushal has a very unique run up with very high knees but despite this unconventionality, has proved to be highly effective with 24 wickets and two five-wicket hauls in his short six match test career so far, leading to him being considered as Sri Lanka's next front line spinner in tests once the experienced 37-year-old Rangana Herath retires.
He could also follow the footsteps of the legendary Muttiah Muralitharan- the highest wicket taker in test match history.
Looking to the future
The 22-year-old has long been considered one to watch in Sri Lankan cricket with Andrew Fidel Fernando on espncricinfo.com labelling Kaushal "perhaps the most exciting young bowler in Sri Lanka's domestic circuit".
With praise like this, it is a wonder that no one attempted to address his action slightly to prevent something like this from happening.
However, umpires taking note more of potentially illegal actions can only be a good thing for the game of cricket and I hope that should Kaushal's action be found to be illegal, he is able to remodel it like Saeed Ajmal has done and be able to continue his promising career.
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