ICL: Indian Cricket League

Ban on fast bowler Shabbir Ahmed has ended


shabbirPakistan fast bowler Shabbir Ahmed’s 12-month ban on playing international cricket expires yesterday (Tuesday). The bowler has promised to return to international cricket with a vengeance.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) had imposed a one-year restriction over Shabbir on December 19 last year for an illegal bowling action. He is the first bowler in international cricket who was banned for an illegal action.

According to reports Shabbir, who was training under supervision of Pakistan’s former Test bowler Sarfaraz Nawaz, has corrected his bowling action. The fast bowler underwent bowling action tests at the University of Australia last month under prominent bio-mechanics expert Prof Bruce Elliot.

The expert in his report submitted to the cricket governing body ICC which has declared that the bowling action was correct.

“The ICC will formally inform in a day or two about lifting of the ban,” Pakistan Cricket Board Director Cricket Operations Saleem Altaf said.

The PCB selection committee has invited Shabbir in the conditioning camp for the upcoming South Africa cricket tour.

“I have not only improved my bowling action but constantly held practice that will help me an easy return to international cricket,” the fast bowler said.
Source:The News

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