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ICC banned Zimbabwe bowler Prosper Utseya and Bangladeshi bowler Sohag Gazi for illegal action

Oct 10, 2014 18:46 IST

International Cricket Council (ICC) on 8 October 2014 banned the Zimbabwe bowler Prosper Utseya and Bangladeshi bowler Sohag Gazi from bowling in international cricket. They were banned after ICC found that both the off-spinners exceeded the 15 degree limit of arm extension in their bowling action.

In August 2014, Utseya was reported for a suspect bowling action following the third ODI against South Africa in Bulawayo.
Earlier, ICC had banned three other off-spinners. These were: Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan, Sachithra Senanayake of Sri Lanka and Kane Williamson of New Zealand.

Although all the players suspended from bowling by the ICC are permitted to apply for reassessment after modifying their actions.

About Prosper Utseya

  • He is the former captain of Zimbabwe from 2006 to 2010.
  • He is the first and joint world record holder for conceding the least number of runs (6 runs) in a T20 International after bowling the complete quota of Overs.
  • He led Zimbabwe in 67 one-day internationals, with 20 victories, and all 10 of the Twenty20 internationals the team has played.
  • Utseya took hat trick against South Africa at Harare Sports Club and became the second Zimbabwean to claim a hat-trick when he dismissed three South African batsmen of consecutive deliveries in the third One-Day International match of the Tri-series in August 2014.
  • He had the lowest economy rate (3.84) amongst all spinners in the history of ODI cricket in August 2006.

About Sohag Gazi

  • He made his Test debut in first test during West Indies's tour of Bangladesh in 2012.
  • He is the first and so far, only man to score a century and take a hat-trick in the same Test Match and the first man to do it twice in First Class matches (the thirteenth to do it once). He achieved the feat against the New Zealand in October 2013.
  • He made his first-class debut in 2001 for Kings XI Punjab against Chittagong.

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