Sydney Thunder all-rounder Arjun Nair has been cleared to return to bowling following re-testing by the Biomechanics Department at the Bupa National Cricket Centre.
Nair opted to be re-tested on 21 May 2018, with both his off-spin and carrum ball deliveries under review. The assessment revealed that all deliveries were within the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations, with his bowling action now deemed legal.
“It was a tough experience for me, maybe one of the toughest I may ever face,” said Nair.
“It was tough time for my family as well, but they were very supportive and encouraging me throughout the process.
“Thinking positively I knew that it would make me a better bowler, allowing me to work on my bowling step by step.”
Following his suspension from bowling, Nair remained part of the Thunder squad and played as a batsman for the final two games of the season scoring 45 against the Melbourne Renegades at Manuka Oval.
“It would have been easy to step away,” said Nair.
“I wanted to help the team and do my bit. I’m very grateful for Thunder allowing me to do that.”
Sydney Thunder Assistant Coach Beau Casson worked with Nair alongside Cricket NSW pathways coach Anthony Clark on remodelling his action.
"It has been remarkable how he has coped," said Casson.
"The ability for him to invest in the process, training physically in the weights room and on the technical work that he has done three times a week with coaches and another session on his own.
"There's obviously rules and regulations in place for a reason. For the player it is a very daunting process, but from a personal point of a view it's wonderful to see someone who is willing to surrender themselves both physically and technically.
"It's going to provide a really good blue print for his game moving forward."
Nair is now eligible to bowl in all Cricket Australia competitions. He has played 4 First Class, 10 List A and 14 T20 games.
"Beau Casson and Anthony Clark really helped me," said Nair.
"They are the two of the best spin coaches and I’m very grateful for their help.
“Since the end of the season I’ve also been putting in the hours in in the gym. I want to get stronger to help my batting and my bowling, I knew it was an area of mine I could improve on.
“I think I will bit a bit nervous next time I bowl, but I’ve got a point to prove that I’m a better bowler. I’ll just focus on my execution.”
Nair took eight wickets during the while also averaging 27.75 with the bat. The 20-year old is currently at the Bupa National Cricket Centre for a spin bowling training camp.