Ricky Zililo Sports Reporter
MATABELELAND Tuskers Cricket Franchise will retain the services of fast bowler Glenn Querl who has been cleared to bowl by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after undergoing remedial work.Since making his first class debut for Tuskers last season, Querl, a former national Under-19 player, has made a sensational start to his first class career with 81 wickets to his name from just 13 matches with eight five wicket hauls. He plays club cricket in England during Zimbabwe’s off season.
The 24-year-old’s bowling action has come under heavy scrutiny with opposition coaches and players alleging that most of his deliveries are unlawful. With ZC not having the equipment to test bowlers with suspected illegal action, Querl has been allowed to play.
In January, Querl was called for throwing by umpire Russell Tiffin while playing for Matabeleland Tuskers against Mashonaland Eagles.
A week later MidWest Rhinos openers Jaik Mickleburgh and Mark Vermeulen made it clear that they were not going to face Querl. But Zimbabwe Cricket does not have the equipment available to test bowlers’ actions and Querl was allowed to play the two remaining Logan Cup matches.
In May, an independent analysis report from the ECB noted that there were discrepancies in how the former Zimbabwe national Under-19 player who was reported twice on separate occasions within a year bowled.
The reports from the analysis were received by the ECB on 28 May and identified the bowling action of Querl displayed elbow extension in excess of the permitted 15 degrees.
The Zimbabwean bowler was subjected to analysis of his actions that follows the same procedures used by the ICC. This marks a change for ECB testing whose previous analysis, conducted by the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Science at Loughborough University, was not recognised by the ICC.
In an interview yesterday, Matabeleland Tuskers chief executive officer Stanley Staddon said they are excited that Querl has been cleared and they will be signing him for another season.
“Querl was a vital cog in ensuring that Matabeleland Tuskers successfully defended the country’s premier first class cricket competition, the Logan Cup for three consecutive years. As a franchise we are happy that he has been cleared and can come back to play for us. His availability is not only good for Tuskers but for Zimbabwe as he is available for national team selection,” said Staddon.
Querl, just like other players who won the Logan Cup for Matabeleland Tuskers in the 2012-13 season is out of contract.
The right-arm seam bowler from Zimbabwe who has played 14 first-class matches for Matabeleland Tuskers and, having played one-day cricket in England for the Unicorns since 2010, has been playing off-season cricket at North Devon in England.
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