Cricket Australia bans spinner Arjun Nair for suspect action

Sydney Thunder spinner Arjun Nair has been banned from bowling in domestic cricket competitions for 3 months. He went through a series of tests at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane where they found his action to be much different from what he bowled against Hobart Hurricanes on 30th December.

It was in that match against Hobart Hurricanes on 30th of last month, that the officiating umpires reported him for a suspect action. During the tests at NCC, they found Nair’s action to be considerably different from the one he used against the Hurricanes. And according to the cricket Australia guidelines, such a change in action leads to a straight three-month ban.

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Arjun has enjoyed a breakthrough year by picking up 9 wickets in the 8 matches he has played so far in the Big Bash League 7. The right-arm off break bowler can still continue to play in Sydney’s club competitions and will remain a part of Thunders squad as a batsman. The youngster will be allowed to return to bowling in domestic competitions only after his action is cleared.

Even after the ban, Nair was included in the Sydney Thunder’s squad for the match against Melbourne Renegades as a batsman.

Sydney Thunder general manager Lee Germon spoke in support of Nair following the verdict. He said, “Arjun is a talented and popular member of our club. We believe he will have a long and successful career with Sydney Thunder and shall support him through this process.”

Arjun Nair has been one of the few shining lights in what has been a disastrous BBL 7 for the Sydney Thunders. Nair is pretty economical in his bowling and has the ability to turn the ball both ways, which is why he was a subject of huge interest for Cricket Australia and the cricket loving fans.

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