NEW DELHI - Bangladesh bowlers Arafat Sunny and Taskin Ahmed have been reported for suspect bowling actions during their side's opening match in the World Twenty20, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said Thursday.
Off-spinner Sunny, 29, and paceman Ahmed, 20, turned out for Bangladesh in a qualifying match against the Netherlands in Dharamsala on Wednesday. Bangladesh won the match by eight runs. The bowlers' action would now be scrutinised further by the ICC under its process relating to suspected illegal bowling action.
"The ICC is working with the Bangladesh cricket team management to confirm times for the independent testing of both bowlers at the ICC-accredited testing centre in Chennai," the game's world governing body said in a statement.
Both players will be allowed to continue playing until the results of the tests are declared. The ICC launched a crackdown against suspect actions in 2014, which resulted in several leading bowlers being reported.
Other bowlers who have been up hauled up include Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez, Bangladesh's Sohag Gazi, New Zealand's Kane Williamson, Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake and Tharindu Kaushal.
Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha, though, didn't feel there was anything suspect about their actions, and questioned the timing of this report - following their game against Netherlands on Wednesday - while they have been bowling "the same way for the last 12 months".
"If they have a concern about my bowlers, I have a concern about their [ICC's] actions as well," Hathurusingha said. "I don't see anything wrong. They have bowled the same way as the last 12 months. As you said if they [the ICC officials] have officiated the matches they have been playing, they must have seen something different yesterday. That's all I can say."
The report is made by the on-field umpires to the match referee, who communicates it to the team. To lend weight to Hathurusingha's claim, one of the on-field umpires making this report, Rod Tucker, and the match referee for the match, Andy Pycroft, officiated in Bangladesh games in as recently as June 2015. Tucker was an on-field umpire when Bangladesh beat India 2-1 at home, and Pycroft was the match referee. Hathurusingha says the actions of the bowlers have not changed over the last 12 months.
Asked how it affects his side now, Hathurusingha promised they were not going to change their actions. "It's about how you take it," Hathurusingha said.
"As bowlers they are strong enough to understand what they are doing is right. We also think that we have no concern. They have played so much cricket, recently as well. It is a surprise for us. We have to take their concerns. They are only concerns at this stage. I don't think it will affect the way we are playing."
Hathurusingha insisted in one word, "yes", that he believed their actions were clean.
The match officials have been in focus in the Dharamshala leg of the qualifiers after Oman revealed they were being subtly asked to refrain from mankading. They budged from their pro-mankading stance and agreed to warn the non-striker before running him out in the delivery stride.