Akila Dananjaya more worried about his cricket career

Bipin Dani 

Sri Lankan all-rounder Akila Dananjaya is rather disappointed on learning his bowling action has come under scrutiny again. 

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“He is not only disappointed but also more anxious to know his fate and save his cricket career”, the team manager and chief selector, speaking exclusively said.

Akila and New Zealand captain Kane Wiilliamson have been reported for their suspect bowling action.

In the recently concluded Test match against New Zealand (at Galle), the bowling action of the 25-year-old right arm spinner Akila and Kiwi captain Williamson were found to be above the permissible limit of 15 degrees and the on-field umpires Michael Gough and Richard Illingworth (both England) reported the matter to the match referee Andy Pycroft.

Incidentally, it is the second time in last 12 months, the Akila has been reported for his action.

After being reported by the ICC last year, Akila worked extensively hard with spin bowling coach Piyal Wijetunge and his re-modelled action was cleared in February. Piyal Wijetunge, however, is now no more attached with the SLC.

The sad news to Akila, who also bowls right arm off break and leg break, was conveyed by the team manager Ashantha de Mel.

Those who have viewed Akila’s reported footage at the High-Performance Centre believes that there was not much of a difference in change in his bowling action. “I saw the footage when he was cleared and did not find any change in the footage we have received from the ICC on Monday”, one of the sources said to this reporter.

Akila can still be able to play till his action is again tested. However, the selectors may not take further chance and rest him for the 2nd Test commencing at P. Sara Oval, Colombo on Thursday.

SLC is likely to send him again to Chennai for further tests likely to be conducted on August 28. This time he is likely to be accompanied by Jerome Jayaratne, it is also learnt here.

New Zealand captain may be sent to Brisbane for the tests. “He will head home after the second Test as he is not part of the T-20 squad and may be sent to Brisbane for the tests”, a spokesman said here.

Williamson is a part time off-spinner and bowled only 3 overs in the first Test, whereas Akila bowled 30 and 32 overs in both innings and claimed five wicket hauls in the first innings.

Dilruwan Perera has already joined the team. “Before Akila’s bowling action report, we had included him in the squad on Sunday”, the manager said.

“He had a hamstring injury and therefore was not a part of the team. Now we have 16 players”.

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