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PCB to raise case of Shabbir after Sarfraz finishes remedial work


Former Test pacer Sarfraz Nawaz has finished his remedial work on the bowling action of paceman Shabbir Ahmed with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) now planning to put up his case again for a review with the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Committee.

According to the details, the Board’s nomination for the post of chairman of the Cricket Committee, Majid Khan, is likely to plead Shabbir’s case afresh in Dubai later this week. “The Cricket Committee is meeting in Dubai this week and Majid will go there armed with a report on Shabbir’s improved bowling action on which Sarfraz has done a lot of work,” a PCB official told ‘The News’.

Shabbir was banned by the ICC last December for 12 months for having an illegal bowling action after he was reported twice under the new ICC regulations on suspect bowling actions in 2005.

The PCB filed an appeal on behalf of Shabbir in January but the ICC’s Bowling Action Review Group (BRG) which included India’s Javagal Srinath, rejected the appeal and maintained the ban on the Pakistan pacer who has played 10 Tests and taken 51 wickets besides appearing in 33 One-day Internationals (ODIs) for his country.

“There is marked improvement in Shabbir’s action and we’ll try to convince the ICC to give him another opportunity in the 12-month ban period to prove this. Obviously, although there is no provision in the ICC rules for another appeal but we’ll try to do our best to get him another chance,” the official stated.

He said Shabbir had worked very hard on his action and even through the naked eye and on video replays, it was obvious he had improved his action. “Sarfraz worked for nearly three months on him and feels if the ICC hears him out he can be cleared to play international cricket.”

Sarfraz has now been released by the PCB after completing his assignment. The former Test pacer was brought in by Director Cricket Operations PCB, Saleem Altaf to do the job despite stiff opposition from within the Board owing to Sarfaraz’s controversial nature.

“There is very little chance of Sarfraz getting any permanent assignment from the PCB because the officials are wary of his behaviour and tendency to make controversial statements,” the official noted.

Pakistan has nominated former Test captain Majid who has also served as chief executive of the Board in the hope that he might get enough votes to replace former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar as the head of the influential Cricket Committee.

The Indian board, last week, came out in full support of Gavaskar after this newspaper quoted board sources as saying that they were not happy with Gavaskar and wanted him replaced from the Committee.

Source:The News

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