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Fresh storm brews over Akhtar's action

Published: Tuesday, November 30, 1999, 5:30 [IST]
 
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Sydney: Pakistan cricket officials said today they had not received an official complaint about the bowling action of Shoaib Akhtar despite fresh media allegations over the paceman after the 3-0 series defeat by Australia.

Two Australian newspapers reported that video footage of Akhtar's bowling action would be sent to the International Cricket Council (ICC) in London for review. Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed said he had spoken to match referee John Reid after the third test ended on Sunday in Perth and Reid had not mentioned Akhtar's action.

''He met with us for 20 minutes...he said goodbye to us and there was nothing,'' Saeed told reporters. ''If there is anything it must come through official channels and action must be taken accordingly. But it doesn't concern me at all.

'' The reports in The Australian and the Daily Telegraph did not say who would send the video and an accompanying request for a review of Akhtar's action to the ICC. Neither paper gave direct quotes nor indicated where the reports had come from.

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