Samuels has been warned by the Indian Premier League (IPL) organisers against bowling assured deliveries with a believe action as playing against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Pune Saturday.
Ganguly said that “I am surprised that he has been warned to be honest. If you go around the IPL that’s the case and I should not be saying it because they are all part of a competition.”
Claiming that Samuels would keep playing for the team in the league matches, Ganguly said that if the West Indian office got warning for his action, there are some others around who perhaps were worse.
Ganguly said that “All we want is fairness. If you look around the IPL, there are few worse actions going around. So you got to be very careful. Whoever has done it (warning), he should be very careful.”
In a statement, IPL said on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Bruce Oxeford with third umpire Vineet Kulkarni had reported that certain deliveries of Samuels were supposed of being illegal under the suspected banned bowling action policy.
The organiser’s statement said that “Samuels may continue to be selected to play and bowl for Pune Warriors in the current IPL season but should he be reported a second time, he will be suspended from bowling for the remainder of the season.”
Ganguly surprise over the warning, said that though Samuel had bowled in three IPL games thus far, he was not warned nor when he bowled for West Indies during the preceding two years.
“I don’t know what different he did in the fourth game (against CSK) to be warned. I told him keep bowling, let us see what happens,” he said.