BCB to go slow on Taskin as ICC upholds ban

March 24, 2016

The Bangladesh Cricket Board decided to take a go-slow policy regarding the issue of Taskin Ahmed’s bowling action after the International Cricket Council rejected its review appeal.
The ICC on Wednesday upheld the suspension of Taskin from bowling in international cricket, following a review hearing conducted by a judicial commissioner Michael Beloff.The BCB made a frantic bid to have his ban overturned in time to allow the bowler take some part in their remaining matches of the ICC World Twenty20.
A review appeal was filed on March 21 and the BCB was very optimistic about being successful in the hearing.
The hearing, which was held on Tuesday, lasted several hours and the BCB representatives including Taskin, bowling coach Heath Streak and a lawyer attended among others via teleconference.
‘Having carefully considered those arguments and the responses of the ICC, Mr Beloff has now notified all parties concerned of his decision that Taskin’s suspension from bowling in international cricket shall be upheld,’ said an ICC statement.
The ICC said it will provide a written reasoned decision in due course to the BCB. In the meantime, Taskin may, at any time following appropriate remedial work, apply to the ICC for a re-assessment of his bowling action, which shall be carried out in the same manner as the initial independent assessment, said the ICC.
‘In the event of such re-assessment concluding that Taskin has remedied his bowling action and that his elbow extension is within the permissible level on all of his standard deliveries, his suspension shall be lifted,’ said the ICC.
With Taskin having no further chance of playing in the ICC World Twenty20 the BCB decided to bring him back to home and start his remedial work at an appropriate time.
‘Taskin will travel to Kolkata with us tomorrow and later will return back to Bangladesh,’ team manager Khaled Mahmud told New Age.
‘We were waiting for the ICC decision as we felt if his suspension would be withdrawn we could get his service in the World Cup [World Twenty20],’ said Mahmud.
‘As it stands his case won’t be solved immediately so we decided to send him back so that he can make the required rectification to return back into international cricket,’ said Mahmud.
Taskin was reported of suspected illegal bowling action by the match officials in Bangladesh’s opening match of this edition of the ICC World Twenty20 against the Netherlands in Dharamsala on March 9.
He went through a biometric test for an independent assessment at the ICC-accredited testing centre in Chennai on March 14.
The assessment found that some of Taskin’s standard deliveries exceeded the permissible level of elbow extension and, as such, his bowling action was found to be illegal.
Bangladesh’s skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza reacted sharply regarding it as he along with his team- mates and management believed that there was no problem with the action of Taskin.
Taskin exercised his right to request an expeditious review of his case by a judicial commissioner.
However, young Taskin remained confident about his future and did not lose his heart despite doubts are raised regarding his international future after the recent development.
‘I know everything will be all right,’ a determined Taskin told New Age.
‘Perhaps there is some good thing in store for me in the coming days so I am going through this difficult path.
‘I am confident it won’t take very long for me to fulfill the requirement of returning to international cricket.
‘It was just disappointing because I felt I had picked up the rhythm in this tournament from the very beginning,’ he said.
Left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny, who was reported and banned along with Taskin, returned home on Wednesday.

-With New Age input

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