Aaron Phangiso was named in SA’s squad on Wednesday for a Test series in Bangladesh. File picture: ASHLEY VLOTMAN/GALLO IMAGES

LAST week, Aaron Phangiso was a chucker. This week he isn’t. What gives? More than six degrees of separation, it seems.

Sources told Business Day that when Phangiso was initially tested, he fell foul of the 15 degrees of tolerance permitted for a straightening arm by as many as seven degrees.

Consequently, Cricket SA said last Tuesday that the left-arm spinner’s action had been ruled illegal.

That followed a first round of testing on February 26 at the High Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria (UP).

Phangiso spent the next few days trying to straighten himself out. On Monday, he was tested again. On Wednesday, he was cleared to resume bowling. That meant Phangiso could fly to India on Thursday with rest of the SA squad to play in the World T20.

Last Tuesday, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula implored Cricket SA to save Phangiso and not to give "ammunition to those who continue to slow our transformation objectives".

Helen Bayne, head biomechanist at Tuks Sport, denied Cricket SA or the ministry had pressured them to give Phangiso the green light.

Another source says Phangiso was targeted as a warning by the game’s establishment to black African players not to rock the racial boat. That, after Black Cricketers in Unity asked Cricket SA in November why black players were not included in the XI more often.