Sri Lanka offspinner Akila Dananjaya has been banned from bowling in international cricket for one year after his action was found to be illegal following bio-mechanical assessment in Chennai.
Dananjaya was reported for a suspect action during Sri Lanka's first Test against New Zealand last month in Galle and testing at the end of last month found he exceeded the allowed 15-degree flex limit in at least two types of his deliveries which were assessed.
Dananjaya had undergone remedial work since his initial suspension, announced in December 2018, and had had his action cleared early this year. He had been less effective in ODIs in the early months following his return, which led to him missing out on a place in Sri Lanka's World Cup squad.
The Galle Test was his first since the suspension, and he impressed in the first innings, taking 5 for 80. If a year-long suspension eventuates now, it would not only be a serious blow to Dananjaya's career, it will also unsettle Sri Lanka's spin attack. The next six Tests on Sri Lanka's schedule are all due to be played in Asia.
Of the three variations Dananjaya bowls, it is believed to be his stock ball - the offbreak - that has most frequently raised the umpires' suspicions.