Utseya reported to ICC

  • Last Updated: August 22 2014, 9:59 BST

Zimbabwe's Prosper Utseya has been reported to the International Cricket Council for a suspected illegal bowling action.

Prosper Utseya: Reported to ICC
Prosper Utseya: Reported to ICC

The all-rounder is the latest player to have his action queried by match officials, having been called into question following Thursday's third one-day international against South Africa.

Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal and Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake have also been reported in recent months in what has been seen as a crackdown on suspect actions.

Two of Utseya's deliveries had been questioned and he will now undergo formal testing within 21 days.

The 29-year-old is permitted to continue bowling until that time.

An ICC statement read: "Zimbabwe all-rounder Prosper Utseya has been reported with a suspected illegal bowling action during his side's seven-wicket loss in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) against South Africa at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, on Thursday.

"The match officials' report, which was handed over to Zimbabwe team manager Stanley Chioza on Thursday, cited concerns regarding Utseya's arm ball and fast delivery, and concluded that the bowler's action needed to be tested.

"Utseya's bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is.

"He is required to undergo testing within 21 days, and, during this period, Utseya is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known."