Somerset left-arm spinner Jack Leach was not considered for a call-up to England’s tour of India because of concerns about his action.
Leach was overlooked as a replacement for the injured Zafar Ansari, with Liam Dawson chosen instead.
Information on his action became public the day after India scored 759-7 in the fourth Test in Chennai.
“The timing is convenient, because they are getting stick for their selection,” said ex-England spinner Vic Marks.
“Why would it come out now. Is there an element of covering ones backside?” added Marks on Test Match Special.
Leach, 25, took 65 Championship wickets in 2016, more than any other English spinner.
He was not chosen for the tour to Bangladesh, with routine tests at England’s national performance centre then revealing that his action may breach the 15-degree limit for the straightening of the elbow.
“I was stunned when I heard it,” said Marks, who is Somerset’s chairman of cricket. “It just hasn’t occurred to me that there was any problem at all. He looked to have a classic, orthodox action.
“However, it is hard to argue with the computer or camera.”
Any problems with Leach’s action would have had no bearing on the selection of the original touring party, but did prevent him from being called up as a replacement for Ansari after the third Test.
Dawson has gone on to make his debut in the fifth Test, where England conceded their highest total in Tests.
The Hampshire left-armer was the most economical of England’s spinners in Chennai, taking 2-129 off 43 overs, while Moeen Ail returned figures of 1-190 off 41 overs and Adil Rashid claimed 1-153 off 29.4 overs.
“It nags at me how come this has just come out,” said Marks, who played six Tests for England. “I don’t like that it’s come out after England have just gone for 759, with people rumbling about why he isn’t here.”
Leach has been part of the England Lions squad for matches against the UAE and Afghanistan and will tour Sri Lanka in the new year.
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