Bangladesh's Taskin loses suspension appeal

 23 Mar 2016 - 10:05

Bangladesh's Taskin loses suspension appeal
In this photograph taken on March 13, 2016, Bangladesh's Taskin Ahmed reacts after taking the wicket of Oman's Zeeshan Maqsood during the qualifying match for the World T20 cricket tournament between Bangladesh and Oman at The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. AFP / STR


Bangalore: Bangladesh's key pace bowler Taskin Ahmed lost his appeal against suspension from international cricket for illegal action, the ICC said Wednesday. 

The International Cricket Council (ICC) last week suspended Taskin, 20, and left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny after they underwent tests in India to determine if their bowling actions breached rules.

The pair were reported for throwing by the umpires to the ICC during a preliminary World T20 match against the Netherlands.

Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza described the suspensions as devastating for the team's chances at the tournament, and Bangladesh's cricket board lodged an appeal against Taskin's punishment.

The ICC said in a statement that a judicial commissioner had upheld the suspension after a review hearing was conducted on Tuesday.

Taskin has nine wickets in 13 Twenty20 appearances for his country and has taken 21 in 14 one-day internationals.

A depleted and demoralised Bangladesh take on hosts India later Wednesday.

The Tigers are sitting at the bottom of Group and have almost no chance of making the semi-finals after two straight losses.