The Sri Lankan pace bowler, Shaminda Eranga has been reported with a suspected bowling action by the match officials during the second Test against England at the Chester-le-Street, Durham on Monday. England won the second Test by 9 wickets and clinched the series by an unassailable 2-0 margin.
The match officials of the Test match Aleem Dar and S Ravi with Andy Pycroft as the match referee handed over their report to the Sri Lankan team management at the end of the match cited concerns about the legality of the 29-year-old’s bowling action. This is the first time the Lankan quick’s action has been questioned.
Eranga now has to undergo an action test at an ICC accredited centre within 14 days – Loughborough University in England is his best and closest option. But till the report of that test comes out, the right-handed fast bowler can continue his bowling in all formats of the game.
ICC said in a comment regarding this matter, “Eranga’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 is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Eranga is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.”
This is a massive blow for the Islanders, as they have already been 2-0 down in the series, suffered heavy defeats and had already lost their two first-choice pacers Dhammika Prasad and Dushmantha Chameera due to injury. Though Eranga had not been much effective in the first two Test matches and picked only one wicket in 47 overs he bowled across the three innings, but if he fails to pass the action test he will miss the upcoming One Day series against Ireland and England and the T20 series afterwards, which could rub more salt to the injury in this already disastrous Sri Lanka’s tour to England.
Eranga made his debut in September 2011 against Australia and bagged 53 Test wickets in 18 matches he played since then. He has picked 76 wickets altogether from 38 games across all the three formats of the game. The Chilaw-born quicky set a world record for being the only bowler to have taken a wicket in his first over in all formats of the game. Sri Lanka will play their third and last test match of the series at the ‘Mecca of Cricket’ Lords starting from 9th of June.