Pokana blow for PNG
The International Cricket Council has announced that an independent assessment has found the bowling action of Papua New Guinea’s Nosaina Pokana to be illegal and, as such, the left-arm fast bowler has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.
The assessment revealed that all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.
In accordance with Article 6.1 of the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations, Pokana’s international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction.
However, according to Article 11.5 of the Regulations and with the consent of the Cricket PNG, Pokana may be able to bowl in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of Cricket PNG.
Pokana was reported during an ODI between PNG and Hong Kong in Dubai on 8 December 2017 and had undergone an independent assessment of his bowling action on 6 January 2018 at the National Cricket Centre, Brisbane.
Pokana can apply for a re-assessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with clause 4.5 of the Regulations.