Shabbir gets all-clear report from biomechanics experts

Pace-hungry Pakistan on Tuesday received the news they had been waiting for when biomechanics experts gave an all-clear report on the illegal bowling action of banned medium pacer Shabbir Ahmed.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that a preliminary report received from the University of Western Australia said that experts have found “Shabbir’s bowling action within the legitimate parameters drawn by the International Cricket Council (ICC).”

The ICC regulations on bowling action state that a bowler can straighten his arm by 15 degrees at the time of delivery. If he exceeds that, his action can become illegal.

Shabbir was banned for a year after being twice reported for chucking by match officials in 2005. He became the first cricketer to be banned for a year because of an illegal action. The ban finishes on December 18 this year.

“The detailed report is expected in about a week’s time subsequent to which the PCB will do the needful for getting Shabbir’s clearance to represent Pakistan,” the PCB statement said.

Pakistan are desperate to have the 30-year-old Shabbir back in their side following doping bans against their pace stars Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif. Shoaib was banned for two years while Asif got a one-year sentence after failing a dope test last month.

Pakistan’s former Test fast bowler Sarfaraz Nawaz helped Shabbir correct his bowling action at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore before the Board sent the banned pacer to Australia to undergo biomechanics tests there earlier this month.

Shabbir, who has taken 51 wickets in 10 Tests and 33 ODI scalps from 32 matches, can be drafted back in the Pakistan as early as the first Test against South Africa in next January if he is officially cleared by the ICC.

Pakistan are scheduled to play three Tests and five ODIs in South Africa during January-February ahead of the World Cup.
Source:The News

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Written by Team CricketViewer on November 29th, 2006 with no comments.
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