Lehmann charged over Samuels BBL comments

Last updated 19:43 23/12/2012

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Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann has been charged with breaching Cricket Australia's behaviour code for questioning the bowling action of West Indian Marlon Samuels.

Lehmann complained about Samuels' action after the Heat's loss to the Melbourne Renegades on Saturday night in the Big Bash League (BBL).

"I've spoken to the umpires about it. I just want something done," Lehmann said post-match.

"He couldn't bowl in the IPL (Indian Premier League) last year, yet he can bowl in the BBL.

"We have got to seriously look at what we're doing. Are we here to play cricket properly or what?

"If he is deemed legal, I'm totally understanding of that.

"But from my point of view, from 20 years' cricket, I have got a problem with 120km/h off no steps."

Samuels was banned from bowling in the IPL earlier this year when reported for a suspect action.

Cricket Australia (CA) charged Lehmann with breaching the code of behaviour, specifically regarding detrimental public comment.

The code states a player or official must not "denigrate or criticise another player ... by inappropriately commenting on any aspect of his or her performance, abilities or characteristics".

Lehmann would face a commission hearing at a date to be set, CA said in a statement.

Samuels, in January 2008, was reported for a suspect bowling action while playing a Test match for the West Indies against South Africa.

He was subsequently banned from bowling in international matches, a suspension lifted in 2011 after Samuels underwent biomechanical testing in Perth.

But in April this year, Samuels again was reported for a suspect action while bowling for the Pune Warriors in the IPL.

Under CA's doubtful bowling action policy, any bowler mentioned by three different umpires in the same season is reported, while umpires also have the option to bypass the mentions process and lodge a report directly.

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