The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday suspended Zimbabwe off-spinner Roy Kaia from bowling in international cricket due to illegal bowling action. The 29-year-old however can bowl in domestic cricket if Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) approves. Kaia’s action was found illegal during the team’s one-off Test against Bangladesh played from July 7-11 in Harare. The apex body said an expert panel reviewed the action of the off-spinner. The assessment at an ICC-approved centre was not possible due to COVID-19 protocols.
“In accordance with Article 11.1 of the ICC regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspect illegal bowling actions, Kaia’s international suspension will also be recognized and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction,” ICC said in a statement.
“According to Article 11.5 of the regulations and with the consent of Zimbabwe Cricket, Kaia may be able to bowl in domestic cricket events played under their auspices,” it added.
The panel concluded by saying that Kaia’s bowling action exceeded beyond the 15 degrees level of tolerance which is against the laws. Kaia can apply for re-assessment after modifying his action.
“Kaia can apply for re-assessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with ICC regulations,” ICC said.
The 29-year off-spinner has taken more than 100 wickets in both First-class and List A cricket. He went wicketless in the one-off Test against Bangladesh earlier this year. Kaia will be keen to rectify his action soon with Zimbabwe gearing up for some riveting action in near future.