West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels was on Sunday handed a 12-month bowling ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for an illegal action as the beleaguered Caribbean side were dealt another blow.

The 34 year old Samuels had already been banned from bowling his quicker delivery in 2013 and his latest setback comes after he was forced to undergo an assessment after being reported by the umpires in the first Test defeat against Sri Lanka in Galle in October.

“The assessment (which took place in Brisbane) revealed that Samuel’s elbow extension exceeded 15 degrees while bowling and, thus, he employed an illegal bowling action,” said a statement from the Dubai-based ICC.

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