India’s Rayudu suspended from bowling for suspect action

Ambati Rayudu was given a two-match suspension by BCCI. (Reuters pic)

NEW DEHLI: India’s Ambati Rayudu has been suspended from international bowling two weeks after being reported for a suspect action, the International Cricket Council said Monday.

The part-time spinner’s action was flagged by match officials, citing concerns over its legality, a day after the first one-day international against Australia in Sydney on January 12.

The 33-year-old middle-order batsman stayed in the Indian XI in the second match and also played a role in the team’s first two ODI wins in New Zealand.

“The 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,” cricket’s world governing body said in a statement.

“The suspension will remain in place until he is tested, and can demonstrate he is able to bowl with legal action.”

The sanction did not extend to domestic matches, the ICC added.

Rayudu bowled just two overs of off-spin, giving away 13 runs, in the Sydney ODI. India lost the match but went on to clinch the three-match series 2-1.

India were also on course for a 3-0 ODI series win against New Zealand on Monday with two matches left to play.