The cricketer was given the go ahead by the International Cricket Council, which found the bowling action of the West Indies’ off-spinner to be legal and, as such allowed him to resume bowling again in international cricket.
A comprehensive analysis revealed that his mean elbow extension was now comfortably within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the relevant regulations. During the original test on 11 February 2008, his mean elbow extension had been calculated to be in excess of 15 degrees.
Samuels in presently in Dubai with the West Indies team on a one-week camp as they prepare for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh.
“It feels really good to know that I can bowl again in international cricket. I have been waiting for this moment for a while now,” commented Samuels on the ICC ruling. “I am mainly a batsman in the team but it feels good to know that I can again contribute to the team in another area – with the ball. I am the kind of player who likes to be always involved in the game so this is great news for me and for the team.”
Samuels, who made his debut for West Indies in Australia 11 years ago, has so far taken seven wickets in 32 Test matches and 57 wickets in 117 One-Day Internationals, at an economy rate of 4.8 runs per over.