SA20; Aaron Phangiso’s bowling ban due to illegal action
Johannesburg, 25 January (HS). South Africa and Joburg Super Kings left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso has been banned from bowling in the ongoing SA20 with immediate effect due to an illegal bowling action.
The Independent Bowling Action Panel on Tuesday confirmed that his action did not comply with the rules laid down by the ICC.
The panel, consisting of match referee representative Gary Pienaar, former South African seamer Vernon Philander and CSA high performance manager Vincent Barnes, submitted its final report.
Phangiso was reported by the match officials during the Super Kings’ match against the Pretoria Capitals on 17 January.
However, according to a media release on Tuesday, the Super Kings have requested the ICC to test Phangiso’s action at an accredited centre. If the governing body’s test shows that his bowling action is legal, he will be allowed to bowl again.
Phangiso has taken ten wickets in six matches for the Super Kings in SA20 so far – including two four-wicket hauls. His last match for them came against Sunrisers Eastern Cape on Saturday, where he took 4/20 to guide his team to victory. He received the player of the match award for this performance. With three wins from six matches, the Super Kings currently occupy the fifth spot in the six-team competition.
This is the second time that Phangiso has been reported for a suspect bowling action. He was first reported during the Lions’ win against the Warriors in the semi-finals of the Momentum One Day Cup in 2016, but the ban was lifted following corrective work on his action. The 38-year-old Phangiso has played 21 ODIs and 16 T20Is for South Africa. He last played for the country in February 2018 against India in Cape Town.