Australian off-spinner Chris Green, who is playing for Sydney Thunder in Big Bash League, has been banned from bowling after he was found to be having illegal bowling action in bio-mechanic testing on Sunday. The off spinner has been banned for three months due to an illegal bowling action. The star’s off-spinner action was reported for a faulty bowing cation during his side’s game against Melbourne Stars in Sydney last week on 2 January.
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Cricket Australia’s Head of Cricket Operations, Peter Roach said, “We’d like to commend Chris and the Thunder for the way they have approached this process with complete cooperation and respect. Chris undertook testing at the earliest possible time and satisfactorily replicated his bowling action in the controlled environment. We look forward to working with Chris in the coming months and conducting further testing once the suspension period has elapsed.“
The 26-year-old was in very good form in this BBL season. He was also picked by Kolkata Knight Riders in this year’s IPL auction at his base price 20L. With Green banned for 90 days both teams have been dealt with a killer blow. However, Green can participate in the marquee event as he has been banned only by Cricket Australia and IPL does not come under CA. But the off-spinner will be under scanner form the start of the IPL.
Reacting to the ban the off-spinner, however, looked confident of making a strong comeback as Green said, “Whilst the news surrounding my action is disappointing, I respect the process and the results of the test, Perspective is a powerful thing with what is currently happening in our country. Through the help of my coaches, I will be doing everything I can to get back to doing what I love with ball in hand.”
Though it is a sad news for both Sydney Thunders and Chris Green. He could still play as a pure batsman in the ongoing BBL if the franchise wants him in the eleven.