Malcolm Waller: Zimbabwe all-rounder banned from bowling

Malcolm Waller

Zimbabwe all-rounder Malcolm Waller has been suspended from bowling by the International Cricket Council, only seven weeks before the World Cup.

The off-spinner, 30, was reported after the second Test against Bangladesh in Khulna last month.

The ICC said analysis "revealed that all of his off-spin deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations".

He will have the opportunity for re-assessment after modifying his action.

The middle-order batsman, who has been named in Zimbabwe's provisional 30-man World Cup squad, has frequently been used as a bowling option in the last 12 months and in his last one-day international against South Africa in September, bowled his full complement of 10 overs.

Nine off-spinners, including Waller's Zimbabwe team-mate Prosper Utseya, have been reported to the ICC for illegal actions in the last 13 months.

Zimbabwe do not have any full internationals scheduled before the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which starts on 14 February.

Off-spinners under ICC scrutiny
Marlon SamuelsWest IndiesReported in November 2013; cleared in December 2013 (but banned from bowling quicker deliveries)
Shane ShillingfordWest IndiesReported in November 2013; suspended in December 2013; cleared to return in March 2014 (but banned from bowling doosra)
Sachithra SenanayakeSri LankaReported in June 2014; suspended in July; cleared to return in December
Kane WilliamsonNew ZealandReported in June 2014; suspended in July; cleared to return in December
Saeed AjmalPakistanReported in August 2014; suspended in September
Prosper UtseyaZimbabweReported in August 2014; suspended in October; cleared to bowl seam in December (but banned from bowling off-spin)
Sohag GaziBangladeshReported in August 2014; suspended in October
Malcolm WallerZimbabweReported in November 2014; suspended in December
Mohammad HafeezPakistanReported in November 2014; suspended in December

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