File photo – Kevon Cooper has been reported twice before for bowling with a suspect action © BCCI
West Indies and Lahore Qalandars allrounder Kevon Cooper has been served a warning after umpires reported his bowling action after Tuesday evening’s match against Quetta Gladiators. It is not clear if one or more deliveries of Cooper were reported, but a PSL media release stated the he could continue to bowl. However, if his bowling action is reported one more time, Cooper will be suspended from bowling in the tournament. It is the first time a bowling action has been reported in the PSL.
“Mr. Cooper has now been placed on the warning list and may continue to be selected to play and bowl for his team in a PSL match,” the PSL release said. “Under the PSL Suspected Illegal Bowling Action policy, if a player is reported while on the warning list, the player shall be suspended from bowling for the remainder of the PSL tournament and from bowling in any matches organized by the PCB until such date as he is cleared or upon conclusion of any ineligibility period.”
Cooper’s managed figures of 1 for 37 in his four overs against Gladiators, who won a high-scoring thriller off the last ball. Overall, Cooper has taken six wickets in six PSL matches while conceding his runs at an economy rate of 9.23.
This is not the first instance of Cooper’s bowling coming under the scanner. His action has been found suspect twice in the past: first in 2011 during the Caribbean Premier League and then during the 2014 IPL.
Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo
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Source: ESPN Crickinfo