Warwickshire pledge remedial work with banned Holmes

Warwickshire have promised their backing to off spinner Maurice Holmes as he tries to get his controversial bowling action cleared by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Holmes has been banned from bowling in all cricket, including the Birmingham & District Premier League, after his action last week failed to satisfy a panel convened to assess his action at Loughborough.

Though Holmes’s action was within the 15 degrees of flex permitted by International Cricket Council regulations the ECB decided it was different to when he was reported by the umpires during a Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Leicestershire in May.

The report from the independent analysis of Holmes’s action also stated that he had bowled at a different speed during his assessment than he had against Leicestershire.

Holmes, whose unusual action has been compared to that of Muttiah Muralitharan, will now work with Warwickshire’s director of cricket Ashley Giles and bowling coach Graeme Welch on remedial action which they hope will win ECB approval.

“We will give Maurice all the support and backing he needs,” Giles said. “He will work with Graeme Welch and myself in the nets and we don’t believe it will necessarily be a lengthy process.”

Holmes had to re-model his action two years ago when Warwickshire first considered signing him. He was recruited at the end of last season on a one-year summer contract which expires in September.

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