New Zealand all-rounder and part time spinner Kane Williamson has been banned from bowling internationally because of an illegal action. By this he becomes the second bowler to be banned from bowling after Srilankan spinner Senanayake who was reported during the One-Day series against England. Earlier Kane was reported for illegal bowling action by umpires Ian Gould, Richard Lllingworth and Rod Tucker, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, as well as Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees after the end of the second test match against West Indies at Port of Spain in June.
He was sent for biomechanical testing at Cardiff Metropolitan University where the result shows that Williamson elbow extension while bowling exceeds 15 degrees which is not allowable under the ICC rules and guidelines. As a result of that finding, Williamson has been banned from bowling in all international cricket matches.
“I note the findings of Dr Craig Ranson and his team at Cardiff Met and will concentrate on changing whatever’s necessary to return to the bowling crease,” Williamson said.
“Williamson has been suspended from bowling until he has submitted to fresh independent analysis and satisfied assessors of the legality of his action,” NZC said.
The 23-year-old has 24 test wickets at an average of 40.66 from his 34 test.