Arjun Nair cleared of suspect action


Sydney Thunder’s mystery spinner Arjun Nair has been cleared of an illegal action, Cricket Australia announced on Friday (June 1). Nair, who had been suspended during last year’s Big Bash League, has been cleared to resume bowling in all competitions after having served a three-month ban.

Thunder’s all-rounder came under the scanner during last year’s BBL game against the Hobart Hurricanes on December 30 with his bowling action deemed to be “markedly different”. He has since, worked with Beau Casson, as well as Cricket NSW pathways coach Anthony Clark, in order to work on remedying his bowling action.

“It was obviously a big blow,” Nair told cricket.com.au. “I was very disappointed and it took me quite a while to get my head around it. Not just for me, but it was really hard for my family. My Dad is very involved with my cricket so I think he was more affected by it than I was.

“I worked with him on bowling a lot as well. After I’d finished bowling with Beau and Anthony, I went with my Dad and did some extras. I was always confident that I’d be able to fix it and return. I had a lot of support from NSW teammates and the Sydney Thunder.

“My coaches and I sat down and looked at my footage and the thing I noticed was that I didn’t use much of my lower body,” Nair explained. “So I had to engage my legs more in my action. That was the key. I’ve been looking at my arm path as well – just little things, but they made a big difference to my action.

“For me the challenge is now to maintain it. You see a lot of bowlers who have been in this position and had a problem, they come back and get reported again. I have to make sure I don’t lapse and keep in the back of my mind that I have to keep being consistent.”

Nair will be in Brisbane for the next four weeks for a month-long spin camp with the National Performance Squad.

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