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Kaushal could be picked for WI tests despite ban

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews gave his backing to spin bowler Tharindu Kaushal despite a ban for one of his bowling actions, raising the prospect of him being selected for the upcoming test series against the West Indies.

The International Cricket Council has banned Kaushal’s way of bowling a “doosra” -- a ball delivered with an off spinner’s action but which spins away from a right-handed batsman - because it exceeds the level of allowed elbow flexion.

However, the ICC cleared the 22-year-old Kaushal to bowl his stock ball, the off spin. Mathews said that he and the team management hoped to rectify Kaushal’s doosra action and have it cleared as well.

The two-test series between the two sides starts on October 14. 

“We strongly believe that Tharindu Kaushal is a very valuable player in the side. There is no problem with his off spin and we hope to rectify his doosra and have it cleared as well,” Mathews told a news conference.

“We have a lot of trust in him.” Both teams are in transition after the retirement of many experienced players.

Jason Holder, 23, leads the West Indies in a test series for the first time and the team is without players like Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Coach Phil Simmons is suspended pending an inquiry after his criticism of <g data-gr-id="30">selection</g> of the limited-overs side for the Sri Lanka tour. Selection committee member Eldine Baptiste has taken over coaching responsibilities in the interim.
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