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Zim cricketer suspended

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FORMER Zimbabwe Under-19 fast bowler Glen Querl has been suspended from bowling by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) following concerns over his bowling action.

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According to the ECB, Querl was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action on two separate occasions within a 12-month period prior to his suspension.

His action underwent independent analysis as a result, with the subsequent report identifying that his action was not appropriate.

The ECB said he contravened rules by displaying his elbow in excess of the permitted 15 degrees.

“Querl has been suspended from bowling with immediate effect until he has submitted a fresh independent analysis in which it is concluded he has remedied his action,” said the ECB in a statement.

The Bulawayo-born 24-year- old player was one of the two players suspended by the ECB yesterday together with Gloucestershire spinner Jack Taylor.

Querl has been on trial at English County Championship side Hampshire, which is also home to former Zimbabwe all-rounder Sean Ervine and played one first-class game for the county side this season against Loughborough University last month.

Prior to his move to Hampshire, Querl played in the Devon Cricket League for Instow-based North Devon.

Querl has been one of the stars for reigning Logan Cup champions Matabeleland Tuskers helping them win consecutive titles since joining the franchise prior to the 2011/2012 season.

He made an impressive first-class cricket debut with a match haul of nine wickets for 101 runs to set up a nine-wicket win for Matabeleland Tuskers over Southern Rocks in October 2011.

Querl’s impressive stint in domestic cricket was, however, overshadowed by questions over his bowling action and was called for throwing by top local umpire Russel Tiffin during a Logan Cup match against Mashonaland Eagles early last year.

However, no action was taken as Zimbabwe Cricket does not have the equipment available to test bowlers’ actions.

In another incident in February last year, Tuskers’ match against Mid West Rhinos was delayed for almost an hour after Rhinos players initially refused to face Querl in the second innings of their match which they went on to lose by an innings and 104 runs.

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