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ICC panel clears UAE strike bowler Nasir Aziz

Dubai: UAE off-spinner Nasir Aziz has a legal action, according to the International Cricket Council (ICC).

A prolific wicket-taker for the UAE, Aziz was reported for a suspect bowling action under the ICC Regulation for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions on the first day of the World Twenty20 Qualifiers in Abu Dhabi on November 15. He was cleared after undergoing a Home Board Analysis of his action.

Aziz was reported by umpires Ranmore Martinez, Ian Ramage and C. Shamsuddin, and match referee Dev Govindjee, following the UAE’s victory over Uganda at Abu Dhabi Oval 1. Namibia’s Louis van der Westhuizen and Munir Dar of Hong Kong were also reported for suspected bowling action.

Van der Westhuizen will have to undergo remedial work for his arm ball (faster delivery) after undergoing a Home Board Analysis of his bowling action. Under the ICC Regulations, the bowler was required to submit to a Home Board Analysis, with a written report of the outcome of the analysis provided to the ICC within seven days.

Aziz, who had six wickets from the last two matches against Hong Kong and Canada, has been permitted to continue bowling in international cricket. Should he be reported again within a period of two years of the date of the first report, Aziz will be required to submit to an ICC Analysis.

Aziz was instrumental in UAE’s splendid show in the recent International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental and World Cricket League and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) tournaments in Canada and Singapore. He returned with a haul of 30 wickets from eight matches, including three four-wicket spells and two five-wicket hauls. His spell of five for 17 against Bangladesh Under-23 team was instrumental in the UAE becoming the only Associate member nation to the reach the semifinal of the ACC Emerging Cup tournament in Singapore.

In the semifinal, Aziz destroyed the strong India Under-23 team with a spell of 5 for 51, but his effort went in vain as the UAE batting failed and lost the match by 46 runs. India went on to become the champions. Aziz is the captain of Alubond Tigers and had won the prestigious best all-rounder prize last year in the Shyam Bhatia annual award. This year, he won the best bowler award in Dubai and Sharjah tournaments.