Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha has been banned from bowling in competitve cricket after his bowling action was deemed illegal by the
International Cricket Council(ICC).
Acting on directives of the Hyderabad Cricket Association(HCA), Ojha’s bowling action was analysed by the testing center in Chennai which has been authorised by the ICC. The officials found that his elbow was bent beyond the permissible limit of 15 degrees.
The left-arm spinner, who was recently awarded a Grade B contract by the BCCI, was reported for an suspect bowling action by the former Test ampire AV Jayaprakash during a domestic cricket game last season.
The HCA, Ojha’s state cricket board, on Friday received a letter from the BCCI that revealed the leg-spinner’s ban in competitve cricket till his action is cleared. The Indian spinner was subsequently dropped from Hyderabad’s squad for their Ranji Trophy clash against the Services, slated on Sunday.
It has been realised that the bowling action of the 28-year-old spinner has been under the scanner for over a year now. It is also the possible season as to why the leg-spinner has been kept at bay from the national team selection.
Ojha, who is one of the quickest Indian bowlers to reach 100 Test wickets, last featured for Team India against the West Indies in a Test match that dates back to November, 2013.
Ojha joins Pakistani spin duo Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez in the list of bowlers banned by the ICC in the recent crackdown on illegal bowling actions.