New South Wales Blues and Sydney Thunder allrounder Arjun Nair will resume bowling in all Cricket Australia competitions during the 2018/19 season after his action was evaluated by the Biomechanics Department at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.
His bowling action was assessed on 21 May and deemed permissible under the regulations.
The talented off-spinner has not bowled in a match for either the Blues or the Thunder since 30 December 2017.
“It was a tough experience for me, maybe one of the toughest I may ever face,” Nair said.
“It was a 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.”
Nair was initially tested on 4 January at the National Cricket Centre, which found that his action was materially different to reported match footage. It meant the 20-year-old was unable to bowl in any matches for the Blues or the Thunder.
The off-spin and carrum deliveries were reviewed in May and both were permitted within the 15 degrees level of tolerance.
Nair said the support and guidance of Blues Assistant Coaches, former Australian Test and NSW wrist-spinner Beau Casson, and fellow former Blues tweaker Anthony Clark, greatly helped him get through the difficult period.
“I’m very grateful for their help,” he said.
Casson said Nair showed great commitment throughout the entire process, both physically and technically.
"It has been remarkable how he has coped, 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,” Casson said.
"It's going to provide a really good blueprint for his game moving forward.”
He will be in hot competition for a possible spot in the 2018/19 Blues Shield and JLT One-Day Cup sides as a spinning allrounder.
Despite not bowling for half the season, Nair claimed nine wickets in five Futures League matches for NSW Metro during the 2017/18 season at the healthy average of 24.89.
He has claimed three wickets from three games played for the Blues in the Shield.
Nair said the work he has done since the end of the season has given him plenty of confidence for the season ahead.
“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.”