Saurashtra suffered a big blow on the eve of its Ranji Trophy semi-final against Assam when the BCCI sent out a circular that off-spinner Kamlesh Makvana cannot play the match starting here on Saturday.

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The 32-year-old Makvana — son the chief groundsman at Rajkot — has been playing for Saurashtra since 2004 and he has so far taken 276 wickets across the three formats of the game, with 201 in First-Class.

This season he has taken 33 wickets at 16.84 and scored 172 runs.

Sources said Makvana was reported for suspect action in the league match against Delhi and also in the quarter-finals against Vidarbha at Vizianagaram. He bowled seven overs in the second innings in the quarter-final.