Ngoche banned for suspect bowling

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 15, 2021
  • James Ngoche has been banned for suspect bowling. (Photo Courtesy ICC)

Kenya most current outstanding bowler James Ngoche has been called for suspect bowling and will not continue taking part in the ongoing 2016 ICC World Twenty Qualifier in Ireland and Scotland.

A statement on the ICC official website yesterday read: “The International Cricket Council today confirmed that an event bowling action review panel (the ‘Event Panel’) analysis has found the bowling action of Kenya’s James Ngoche to be illegal and, as such, the off-spinner has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect."

Ngoche was reported to the Event Panel after Kenya’s match against Oman last Saturday, where Kenya won by 7 runs. The assessment was carried out in accordance with Section 4 of the ICC Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Actions.

Pursuant to the Regulations, where the Event Panel concludes that the player employs an illegal bowling action, the player shall be immediately suspended from bowling in any international cricket until such time as the player submits himself to an independent assessment of his bowling action conducted by an appointed specialist at an ICC Accredited Testing Centre pursuant to the ICC Standard Action Protocols which concludes that he has remedied his action.

Ngoche's suspension is a big blow to Kenya’s quest to qualify for their first World Cup appearance since 2007 as he has been the most outstanding bowler on the Kenyan side in the recent past.

Ahead of the the event, Ngoche and his younger brother Shem Obado put on a good show against United Arab Emirates to lead Kenya to a one all of the World Cricket League Championships. The spinner will remain suspended until he submits himself to independent assessment at an ICC accredited testing facility and gets his action cleared.

Jimmy Kamande the other Kenyan cricketer to have been called for suspect bowling called upon Cricket Kenya to help in having the player cleared by having him attend the best bowling academies in the world. “James development is a big blow to our quest of qualifying for the World Cup but the most important thing is to have cleared. CK should follow what the other countries have been doing with their bowlers and save James cricket career,” Kamande said.

Umpires raised red flag

In the match against Oman where the umpires raised red flag on his bowling action, Ngoche 27 bowled three overs, picking up a wicket and conceding 21 runs.

Kamande added that at the age of 27 there is nothing that can be expected from Ngoche if not bowling as he can’t turn into batting and so the need to have him bowl again. “He has proved to be a bowler and that is what he knows and to save his career, he needs to assesed well,” Kamande said.

While bowling seam, Kamande was called for illegal bowling during the 1999 ICC World Cup in England and didn’t bowl in the remaining matches of the event. On his return, Kamande switched to bowling off spin where he perfected the arty of spin picking up 47 wickets in 86 ODI matches and 13 in 21 T20 International.

Ngoche made his Kenya debut in 2010. He has 20 wickets from 17 ODIs at an average of 28.45 and four wickets in 7 T20Is at 35.00 and an economy rate of 5.83.

ICC has three Accredited Testing Centre which Cricket Australia’s National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai and Cardiff Metropolitan University where Ngoche can go for assessment.

 Ngoche becomes the second player after Netherlands’ Ahsan Malik’ bowling was found to be illegal. Malik was reported to the Event Panel after his side’s match against Scotland last Saturday, which the Netherlands won by 32 runs at The Grange, Edinburgh