MIAMI, (Reuters) – The West Indies Cricket Board has given its backing to suspended off-spinner Shane Shillingford and said it expects him to bounce back.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) ruled on Tuesday that Shillingford’s bowling action was “illegal” and suspended him from the game until his action was modified.
“The WICB has received the report on Shane’s action and will consult with experts and formulate a suitable plan of action and hopefully he can continue his international career in the shortest possible time,” West Indies Cricket Board CEO Ernest Hilaire said in a statement.
“The WICB and the Team Management Unit remain confident in his ability to perform at the highest level and see this latest development as a challenge which has been placed before him,” Hilaire added.
“Shane is a tough cricketer who arrived on the international stage via the difficult route after years of toil on the regional circuit, we have no doubt that he will emerge from this test of his character,” he said.
The 27-year-old from Dominica has played five test matches but is yet to debut in one-day internationals.
Shillingford can appeal to the ICC’s Bowling Review Group against the finding of the independent analysis.