CWI suspends John Campbell, Pete Salmon from bowling
West Indies cricketer John Campbell’s main responsibility is batting in the opening slot. However, he does off-spin occasionally in need of the team. Likewise, he is bowling in domestic cricket. And that has been the curse for West Indies left-hander John Campbell.
Campbell is not alone. West Indies Cricket Board (CWI) has also punished another local cricketer, Pete Salmon, for being found guilty in domestic cricket. Campbell and Salmon will not be able to bowl until the next announcement. The country’s cricket board has banned them for illegal bowling action.
The two bowlers failed to pass the bowling action test in the independent laboratory of the University of Loughborough. It has been found that both hands are bent over 15 degrees. So Campbell and Salmon will not be able to bowl before the action is refined.
The two bowlers will work with their bowling action from under the Jamaica Cricket Association. If they pass the new bowling action test, they will get permission to re-bowl.
Campbell’s bowling action was questions in the match against Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies Championship tournament last month. In that match, he bowled 19 overs and took 1 wicket for 54 runs. Campbell also bowled 4 overs in the next match.
The 27-year-old, Salmon, on the other hand, had been questioned about his bowling action in his debut match in first-class cricket. In the second innings of that match against Guyana, Salmon took seven wickets for 57 runs and won the Man of the Match award. But this time, he was banned from bowling due to illegal action.
26-year old Campbell played 3 Tests and 6 ODIs for West Indies national team.