Sri Lanka's Dananjaya suspended from bowling: ICC

Akila Dananjaya's action was questioned last month during the first Test which England won by 211 runs.

Sri Lanka's Akila Dananjaya was ordered to take an independent assessment which was carried out at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, Australia.   -  Getty Images

Sri Lanka's off-spinner Akila Dananjaya was suspended from bowling in international matches with immediate effect after his delivery style proved to be illegal, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said Monday.

His action was questioned last month during the first Test which England won by 211 runs.

He was ordered to take an independent assessment which was carried out at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

“The assessment revealed that his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations,” the ICC said in a statement.

It added that Dananjaya, 25, could apply for a fresh assessment after modifying his bowling action. In the meantime, he was allowed to play in domestic matches.

During the first Test against England, Dananjaya took two wickets giving away 184 runs in the match that concluded in four days at Galle last month.

The match officials' report, which was handed over to the Sri Lanka team management, cited concerns about the legality of his bowling action.