ICC suspends Zimbabwe spinner Roy Kaia from bowling for illegal action

Kaia has played three Tests but has not been able to take a wicket in the three innings he has bowled in.

Abhinav Goel Author

Updated - 24 August 2021 4:43 pm

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday that Zimbabwe spinner Roy Kaia has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after an independent assessment found his bowling action illegal. The 29-year-old off-spinner was reported for a suspect bowling action during the one-off Test against Bangladesh in July, where he bowled 23 overs.

ICC informed that an expert panel reviewed footage of Kaia's bowling action. The Panel concluded that his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations and his bowling action was illegal. The ICC also confirmed that Kaia can continue bowling in domestic cricket with Zimbabwe Cricket's consent

Check out ICC's official statement

“In accordance with Article 11.1 of the ICC Regulations For The Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspect Illegal Bowling Actions, Kaia’s international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction,” International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement.

“However, according to Article 11.5 of the Regulations and with the consent of Zimbabwe Cricket, Kaia may be able to bowl in domestic cricket events played under their auspices,” it added.

Kaia has played three Tests but has not been able to take a wicket in the three innings he has bowled in. He has also scored 59 runs in the six innings he has played for Zimbabwe, with a highest score of 48. Kaia can apply for a re-assessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with the ICC Regulations.

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