The independent re-assessment of the bowling action of Highveld Lions’ left-arm spinner, Aaron Phangiso, has found that his action for all deliveries is within the parameters as laid down by the International (ICC) regulations and his suspension from bowling in CSA competitions is thus lifted with immediate effect. Phangiso’s bowling action was re-assessed on 7 March. The Independent Assessment has found that Phangiso’s action is within the parameters contained in the Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions policy, hence his suspension from bowling in CSA competitions is lifted with immediate effect.
Phangiso expressed his relief at having successfully remedied his action and passed the tests on Monday. He is now determined to be at his best for the World Twenty20. He says: ‘It’s a huge relief to be cleared and to have my bowling action passed, it has been a tough and challenging few weeks for me. Many thanks to Cricket South Africa and the Proteas management for their support and for giving me the best opportunity of making it to India for the ICC World T20. In saying that, I’d really like to use the next few days ahead of the tournament to gain playing confidence, especially with some of the technical adjustments we have made to my action. My focus is on the World Cup and I’d really like to head into the competition with good form and confidence.’
Proteas head coach, Russell Domingo, outlined the plan for Phangiso leading into the World Twenty20, saying: ‘We are really happy and relieved that Aaron has passed his re-test and he can now ready himself for the big tournament ahead. I said at the beginning of the series that we wanted to give everyone in the squad an opportunity to play and while it is tempting to play him tomorrow, both Aaron and I feel it’s best that he takes a little more time to work on and gain confidence with his new adjustments. We have an important few weeks coming up in India so it’s going to be important to have him in the right frame of mind both mentally and physically.’ CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat, expressed his delight at the outcome of Phangiso’s re-assessment, saying: ‘Of course I am delighted that Aaron is back in action and I applaud him and all the CSA and Proteas support staff who worked so hard to get him back on track. I wish him well in future.’