Dubai: West Indies' Marlon Samuels has been reported by the umpires for a suspected illegal bowling action with regard to his 'faster ball' during the third Test against South Africa in Durban, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced from its headquarters here Sunday.
Samuels, primarily a batsman, has taken just seven Test wickets as an off-spinner at an expensive average of 127.
But the 27-year-old got through more overs than usual in Durban because of an injury to Chris Gayle.
However, on-field umpires Simon Taufel (Australia) and Aleem Dar (Pakistan), together with third umpire Brian Jerling, were concerned by Samuels's action.
Match referee Roshan Mahanama then informed both the West Indies tour management and the ICC in accordance with the rules regarding suspect actions.
"Concerns have been raised by the match officials over the legality of Marlon's bowling action with particular reference to his 'fast ball' when viewed with the naked eye," said Mahanama.
"We are therefore requesting the ICC to commission a biomechanical report into the bowler's fast-ball action in accordance with the process introduced in 2005," he added.
Samuels will now undergo independent analysis of his action by a member of the ICC's panel of human movement specialists.
If Samuels is found to have been bowling with an illegal action he will be suspended from bowling that particular delivery in international cricket with immediate effect.