Medical Officer backs Shillingford

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West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Chief Medical Officer, Dr Akshai Mansingh
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Chief Medical Officer, Dr Akshai Mansingh

[www.inewsguyana.com]The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Chief Medical Officer Dr Akshai Mansingh, has given his support to suspended spinner, Shane Shillingford

The WICB doctor has backed the spinner to bounce back after the International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended him from bowling in international games.

This represents the second time the West Indies player has been banned for his bowling action, but Dr Mansingh believes the 30-year-old is tough enough mentally to make another comeback.

Shillingford took six wickets at an average of 42.66 in the first two test matches against hosts New Zealand, but was not available for the final match in Hamilton on Thursday.

A statement issued by the ICC ahead of the third test said that an independent bio – mechanical analysis had been done on Shillingford’s action.

Shane Shillingford
Shane Shillingford

Despite his own optimism, Dr Mansingh, a member of the ICC medical panel and a Jamaica cricket association (JCA) Board Director, conceded that a hard road lies ahead for the spinner.

Shillingford has taken 65 wickets in 14 test matches at 32.32 since making his debut in June 2010. In 86 first class matches he has 378 victims at 23.62.

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