Australia’s all-rounder will miss three months after allegedly making an illegal bowling action. The ban will keep him off the cricket field in the ongoing Big Bash League and the first couple of weeks of the IPL’s 2020 season.
The South Africa-born athlete would be taking a short break from cricket with the ban. He recently signed a six-year deal that would keep him with the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League. He was also added by the Kolkata Knight Riders for 20 Lakh INR in the recently held IPL 2020 auction.
He played a big role in the Thunder’s success in the Big Bash League. He was set to lead his team in their game against the Melbourne Stars at MCG in Melbourne before being ruled out of the squad just a few hours prior to the game.
Cricket Australia’s head of cricket operations Peter Roach said that the team’s management and Green himself have taken the ban with full cooperation. The 26-year-old spinner went through the bowling Tests at the earliest in a neutral place.
Roach also said that the management will surely work with Green on his bowling action Test after his suspension period is done. He will have to wait for three months before getting back into action.
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‘We’d like to commend Chris and the Thunder for the way they have approached this process with complete cooperation and respect. Chris undertook testing at the earliest possible time and satisfactorily replicated his bowling action in the controlled environment’, Peter Roach said. ‘We look forward to working with Chris in the coming months and conducting further testing once the suspension period has elapsed’.
The right-arm off-break spinner is known all over the world for being one of the finest players in shorter formats. He has played for several teams in various T20 matches. That was the main factor why the Knight Riders took him in right away for their squad.
Green, however, remains positive that he can still play for Australia in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
‘I certainly haven’t given up any aspirations to play one-day cricket, four-day cricket or five-day cricket’, the 26-year-old said. ‘My dream along with many other cricketers is to represent Australia and play for Australia in all three forms. Right now, my opportunities are only coming in T20 cricket, so that’s where I’ve got to go and develop my game’.
He understands that he will not play again this season as the 90-day ban takes over the remainder of the Big Bash League schedule. The Thunder will be without one of their best bowlers, which could hurt their chances in the league.
His arm curvature was the main reason for the suspension, and he will have a lot of time to work on that.