Dubai: Ambati Rayudu was on Monday suspended from bowling in international cricket by the ICC after the Indian player opted against getting his suspect action tested within the stipulated 14-day period.
Rayudu was reported for a suspect action during the first ODI against Australia on 13 January. Captain Virat Kohli had brought Rayudu into the attack in the Sydney ODI. There was no sixth bowler available in the side and, hence, Kohli had turned to him. The part-time off-spinner bowled just two overs in which he conceded 13 runs without picking any wicket.
Rayudu was reported for a suspect action after the game.
“The player elected not to submit to a test of his bowling action within the stipulated period of 14 days of being reported for a suspect action, and therefore he has been suspended with immediate effect…,” the ICC said in a statement.
The suspension was done in “accordance with Clause 4.2 of the ICC regulations” which deals with the legality of bowling actions.
“The suspension will remain in place until he is tested, and can demonstrate he is able to bowl with legal action,” the world body stated.
However, according to Article 11.5 of the ICC regulations and with the consent of the BCCI, the 33-year-old is free to bowl in domestic cricket played under the auspices of the Indian Board.
Not a serious issue for India
Team India and Rayudu may not take the ban seriously as Rayudu is just a part-time spinner — and not quite effective at that. Rayudu may, hence, not take any corrective action.
Rayudu did not even opt to undergo the test precisely because it’s not going to matter to the Indian team. His premier requirement in the team is to bat in the middle-order. Kohli has backed him for the No.4 slot in the line-up for the ODI World Cup 2019. To fill in as the 6th bowler, India has the option of Kedar Jadhav who has done a fine job whenever given a chance.
Enfant terrible Rayudu
The Andhra Pradesh cricketer is primarily a middle-order batsman and has a mere three wickets from the 121 ODI deliveries he has bowled in his 49-match ODI career so far.
He has been handed the ball on only nine occasions in the 50-over format and has never bowled in T20 Internationals.
Rayudu is a right-arm off-break bowler.
Rayudu has so far had a chequered career, thanks to his frequent confrontations with players and umpires. It started in domestic cricket in 2005 when he got into a scuffle with Hyderabad player Arjun Yadav who attacked him with a stump while they were playing for Andhra in the Ranji Trophy.
At the 2012 IPL, Rayudu was fined 100% of his match fee for using obscene and abusive language against opposition player Harshal Patel after a match.
In 2014, he hurled expletives at the umpire after his dismissal during a match of India A with host Australia.
During a 2016 IPL match, Rayudu and Mumbai Indians teammate Harbhajan Singh were involved in an on-field spat.
In 2018, the BCCI banned Rayudu for two matches after his heated confrontation with the umpires during a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match against Karnataka.
In September 2017, a video surfaced on social media showing Rayudu getting into a heated argument and manhandling a senior citizen.