Sydney Thunder spinner Chris Green has been banned from bowling by Cricket Australia for 90 days because of an illegal action.
- The Sydney Thunder say they will support the 26-year-old through the process of correcting his bowling action
- Green signed a six-year deal with the Thunder at the start of the season
- Green will miss the rest of summer for Cricket Australia competitions
Green was reported by umpires after a Big Bash League clash between the Thunder and the Melbourne Stars at the Sydney Showgrounds last Thursday.
The off spinner then underwent testing to replicate his bowling action on Sunday at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, when his action was confirmed as being illegal, with the Thunder informed on Wednesday.
An illegal bowling action is defined as being when a bowler throws the ball, extending a bent arm, rather than bowling a ball with a straight arm.
The International Cricket Council states that an arm cannot extend more than 15 degrees between a player’s arm reaching the horizontal and the ball being released.
Green is unable to play in any Cricket Australia competition in the 90-day period, missing the rest of summer, but can play in grade cricket with the consent of Cricket NSW.
After the 90-day suspension period is over, Green will have to undergo fresh testing before he is permitted to return to bowl.
The ban is a blow to the Thunder, who are in third spot on the Big Bash ladder, and recently handed Green a six-year deal to stay with the franchise, the longest in its history.
Thunder coach Shane Bond said that the club would stick with Green.
“Chris is a crowd favourite, and he’s also an extremely popular member of our club,” Bond said.
“Sydney Thunder signed Chris to a long-term deal with the club because of his leadership qualities and obvious talent.
“He’s an important part of our future and the club will support him through this process.”
The 26-year-old was withdrawn from the Sydney Thunder squad to play the Melbourne Stars at the MCG on Wednesday night.
The suspension is a major blow to Green’s hopes of a call-up for this year’s Twenty20 World Cup that is being hosted in Australia.
Green has taken three wickets at an average of 45.33 in this season’s Big Bash tournament from seven matches.