"Illegal-action" bowler Shillingford cleared

Published: Sunday, June 5, 2011, 11:30 [IST]
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St John's (Antigua), Jun 5: Nearly six months after being banned for a suspect bowling action, West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford could return to international cricket in the ODI series against India after successfully undergoing remedial work.

Shillingford, who has played five Tests, was cleared in the biomechanical bowling analysis conducted by a research team at the University of Western Australia late last month after remedial work on his action at the High Performance Centre in Barbados.

Although the West Indies have announced the squad for the first two ODIs of the five-match series starting tomorrow, Shillingford could make it for the remaining three games.

"I am extremely happy that I have been cleared to continue playing international cricket. It has been what I always wanted to do and having to overcome this hurdle has made me stronger and more determined to succeed," the 28-year-old was quoted as sayng by the local media.

"I put in a lot of hard work over the past few months and I must thank the West Indies Cricket Board for the support and particularly the Sagicor High Performance Centre where the majority of the work was done." .

Shillingford''s action was reported after the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle last November.

After this, he worked with West Indies A team head coach and former Barbados off-spinner Hendy Springer, West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson, former HPC head coach Toby Radford and current HPC head coach Andre Coley to improve his action.

"It was evident that Mr Shillingford, under the guidance of the WICB coaching staff has undergone significant remediation work on his technique," the research team, headed by Professor Bruce Elliott, reported.

Shillingford, who made his Test debut last June against South Africa, has 14 wickets.

"I want to specially thank coaches Gibson, Springer, Radford, Coley and (Thomas) Kentish and my manager Darwin Telemaque for their support and guidance throughout this process," he added.


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