Confident Gazi going to Chennai today
Jannatul Naym Pieal
Sohag Gazi, the only cricketer in the history to score a hundred and take five-wicket haul in the same Test match, could have easily been a part of the 15-man final squad of Bangladesh for the World Cup. But the deity of luck has deprived him of from the opportunity of debuting in the grandest stage of the game. According to the ICC, Gazi, the magician of spin is currently nothing but an ‘illegal’ bowler! [Read in Bangla: আজ আবার চেন্নাই যাচ্ছেন সোহাগ গাজী]
And to remove this calumny from his name, he now has to face off the bowling action test for the second time. The last time he attended in the test, he proved to be guilty. But this time he is determined to become free from all the accusations. With that aim, he will leave for Chennai today on Friday, 23 January, 2015 . His flight is scheduled to be on 1 PM.
On 24th January, the day Bangladesh’s World Cup squad will be leaving for Australia, poor Gazi will be busy in participating in the action test. His action test will be held in the lab of Shri Ramachandra Uviversity, Chennai.
Gazi had been working hard day in and day out for last couple of months so that he can prove his bowling action legal this time. He said, ‘I have worked really hard. Had to consolate my mind as well. I said myself that I have to be back in cricket, I have to be back in bowling. I am hopeful that this time I will succeed in passing the test.’
He also added, ‘I am confident with my bowling action. That’s why I made up my mind to take part in the test. I have reviewed my previous and new bowling action. Watching them, I am confident. I have worked with bowling coach Ruwan Kalpage. I hope all the results will come to my favour.’
ICC challenged against Gazi’s bowling action last August during the West Indies series. They ordered Gazi to attend in a bowling action test within 21 days. Gazi did so in the Cardiff Metropolitan University Lab in England. There he bowlers 6 overs. Analyzing that bowling, ICC banned him from International cricket in 8 October of last year.
According to the universal law of ICC, bowlers can contract or propagate their arms to the highest angle limit of 15 degree. But each and every delivery Gazi bowled in Cardiff was far beyond 15 degree. Some even surpassed the 30 degree limit as well.
According to the law of ICC Bowling Action Review, if a bowler is pointed illegal in the 2nd attempt as well, he can not participate in the test again within 1 year. So it’s quite like a do-or-die situation for Gazi to save his international career.