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ICC confirms reporting Bangladesh bowler Sanwar Hossain

July 29, 2003 13:24 IST

The ICC has confirmed that Bangladesh spin bowler Sanwar Hossain is on report for a suspect bowling action.

The report was made by umpires David Shepherd, Rudi Koertzen and Stephen Davis after reviewing footage of Hossain's action taken on the second day of the second Test between Australia and Bangladesh in Cairns.

Stand-in Match Referee, Ron Archer, has informed both the ICC and the player's team management of the report as per the ICC regulations governing the reporting process said ICC General Manager, Cricket, David Richardson.

Sanwar Hossain"The umpires asked to review footage of Hossain's action from the second day's play. After reviewing the footage both on-field umpires and the third umpire decided to reported the bowler to the ICC," said Richardson.

"This issue now comes under the ICC's regulations dealing with this matter and over the next six weeks Hossain and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will have the opportunity to work on any areas of concern. Hossain will be able to continue to play during this time."

This is another case in the increasing number of reports for suspected bowling actions with West Indian fast bowler Jermaine Lawson in the spotlight during the Australia–West

Indies series for his action.

The ICC's regulations detail a two-stage process for bowlers reported for suspect actions. 

The player is now under Stage One of the process, which allow him to continue to play international cricket while working with specialist advisors to be appointed by his home Board and a human movement specialist from an ICC specialist panel to review his bowling action. This stage will last up to six weeks.

At the end of this time, a detailed report will be compiled by the BCB and submitted to the ICC. This will then be circulated to all ICC Match Referees and Elite Panel umpires for information and reference.

No further report can be lodged within this six week period, however, the bowler remains subject to being "called" on the field by an umpire in accordance with the laws of the game.

Stage Two of the process applies if, after the six week period expires, a second report is lodged.

A formal hearing is then held by the ICC's Bowling Review Group (BRG) and the player may be banned from the game for 12 months or until the BRG is satisfied that the concerns with his action are rectified before the expiration of this time.