Marlon Samules charged with faulty bowling action
Pune Warriors all-rounder who bowls off-spin, Marlon Samuels has been reported for an illegal bowling action by the on-field and the TV umpires after his team's match against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday.
Marlon Smauels celebrates after taking a wicket
The on-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Aleem Dar and TV umpire Vineet Kulkarni have reported about the Pune Warriors' faulty bowling action.
Marlon Samuels' bowling action has been under scrutiny for a long time. It started gaining momentum as some of his fast off-breaks were a lot faster than the average speed of an off-break delivery. The delivery that cleaned up Mumbai Indians' Surya Kumar Yadav was really fast for a spinner. Against the Chennai Super Kings, Samuels bowled one ball at a speed of over 122 kmph which is the average speed of Indian medium pace bowlers Praveen Kumar and Vinay Kumar.
As of now Samuels can bowl but if reported once again, he will be debarred from bowling during matches. Under the Indian Premier League Suspected Illegal Bowling Action policy, Marlon Samuels may continue to be selected to play and can bowl for the Pune Warriors India as well, but should there be a second complaint then the bowler will be disallowed to bowl in the remainder of the season.
A senior Pune official said, "We haven't yet decided on our future course of action as we have just received the official intimation. As of now, if he is playing and he would be bowling too,"
Marlon Samuels has not performed well as a batsman and if he is banned from bowling, there are high chances of him being dropped. This could result in Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal taking fourth foreigner's slot apart from Jesse Ryder, Steven Smith and Angelo Mathews who are certainties in the Pune Warriors India side.