The International Cricket Council has suspended West Indies batsman Marlon Samuel from bowling in international cricket.
Samuels was judged to have an illegal bowling action _ involving the angle of his elbow _ for offbreak and fast deliveries.
"The suspension applies with immediate effect," the sport's governing body said Monday in a statement. "(Samuels) can apply for reassessment of his bowling action after he has modified it."
Samuels can also appeal against the suspension.
The 27-year-old Jamaican player was reported by the umpires following the third test match between South Africa and West Indies in January. South Africa won the test and Samuels finished with 1-90.
Samuels is a right-handed batsman with a 30.64 run average from 27 tests, including two centuries and nine 50s. As a bowler, he has taken only seven test wickets at an average of 127.