Bangladesh urge ICC to lift Taskin ban

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Bangladesh have ap­pealed to cricket's world gov­ern­ing body to lift the sus­pen­sion on pace­man Taskin Ahmed, who was ruled out of the on­go­ing World Twenty20 in In­dia due to an il­le­gal ac­tion. Taskin and left-arm spin­ner Arafat Sunny were sus­pended from bowl­ing in in­ter­na­tional cricket on Satur­day af­ter be­ing re­ported by match of­fi­cials fol­low­ing Bangladesh's qual­i­fy­ing match against the Nether­lands in Dharam­sala on March 9.

While Sunny's el­bow ex­ten­sion for the ma­jor­ity of his de­liv­er­ies ex­ceeded the 15de­gree limit, not all of Taskin's balls were found to be le­gal, the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) said while an­nounc­ing their sus­pen­sions.

"We are not con­vinced about Taskin as of now. We don't have any rea­son to be sat­is­fied with the re­port," Bangladesh Cricket Board pres­i­dent Naz­mul Has­san told re­porters. "And that's dis­ap­point­ing, so we have ap­pealed to the ICC. "They are go­ing to sit down with a team of le­gal ex­perts and will in­form us of their de­ci­sion as soon as pos­si­ble."

Bangladesh, who came through the qual­i­fiers to reach the Su­per 10 stage, lost to Pak­istan in their open­ing Group Two match last Wed­nes­day and next face Aus­tralia in Ban­ga­lore on Mon­day. In­dia and New Zealand are the other teams in the pool with the top two ad­vanc­ing to the semi-fi­nals.

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