Cooper reported for illegal action after match against Mumbai Indians

MUMBAI, India, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago medium pacer Kevon Cooper has been reported for bowling certain deliveries with an illegal action.

The 25-year-old, who plays for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, was reported by on-field umpires Rod Tucker and K. Srinath along with third umpire S. Ravi, following Sunday’s IPL match against Mumbai Indians.

“Under the IPL Suspected Illegal Bowling Action policy, Mr. Cooper may request an Official Assessment from the BCCI Suspect Bowling Action Committee, which comprises S. Venkataraghavan, Javagal Srinath, A.V. Jayaprakash and BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel,” the Indo-Asia News Service quoted an IPL release as saying.

Kevon Cooper
Kevon Cooper

“However, pending any clearance by the Committee, Mr. Cooper would be available to be selected to play and bowl for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2015 season, but should he be reported a second time, he would be suspended from bowling for the remainder of that season.”

Cooper was Royals’ best bowler on Sunday, grabbing two for 38 from his four overs, as they crashed to a five-wicket defeat and missed out on a place in the playoffs.

He picked up four wickets in five matches this season, at an economy rate of 7.44.

It is not the first time Cooper has found himself in trouble over his action. Three years ago, he was sent to the University of Western Australia in Perth to undergo remedial work after concerns were raised about his action during a domestic tournament in the Caribbean.

He was subsequently cleared to play and turned out for T&T in the 2011 Champions League campaign.

Cooper is yet to be capped by West Indies in any form of the game.

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