Holmes suspended from bowling
Warwickshire off-spinner Maurice Holmes was reported with a suspected illegal bowling action during the Clydesdale Bank 40 match between Warwickshire and Leicestershire on May 1 and during the Second Xl Trophy match between Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire on June 13.
No previous evidence was available and hence Holmes’s bowling action was subject to the independent analysis process set out in the ECB regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling actions. This analysis took place on Friday 24 June. The report of the independent analysis was received by ECB on Wednesday 6 July.
The report identified that the bowling action of Holmes during the independent analysis was materially different to his action during the match in which he was reported on May 1 and that the deliveries bowled during the independent analysis were not at a suitable pace.
Consequently and in accordance with the regulations, Holmes is suspended from bowling for England and in competitive county cricket until such time as he has submitted to a fresh independent analysis in which it is concluded that he has remedied his action. The suspension is with immediate effect.
Details of the ECB Regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling actions can be found at www.ecb.co.uk/ecb/rules/regulations-for-the-review-of-bowlers-reported-with-suspected-illegal-bowling-actions,508,BP.html.