Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Akhtar reported for suspect action in Sharjah
Published: Thursday, November 8, 2001, 0:18 [IST]
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New Delhi: Controversial Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has been reported again for a suspect bowling action, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]The report was filed after the recent Champions Trophy One-day tournament in Sharjah by ICC referee Denis Lindsay of South Africa and umpires Rudi Koertzen and George Sharp.There was, however, no report made by West Indian Ed Nichols, the third umpire standing in Sharjah, an ICC release said.It is the second time in the past 12 months that Akhtar, 24, has been hauled up for a suspect action. New Zealand umpires Doug Cowie and Steve Dunne had reported him after a One-day series in March.In 1999, Akhtar was reported by Australian umpires, but was cleared and reinstated in the Pakistani team by the then ICC president, Jagmohan Dalmiya of India."Shoaib now enters stage two of the ICC process for dealing with bowlers with suspect actions," the ICC release said. "This will involve him working with a specialist ICC bowling advisor to analyse concerns raised, and undergo any recommended remodelling of his action."The advisor will be a highly respected former fast bowler, able to draw on his experience to provide the expert advice required. An announcement confirming the nominated advisor will be made imminently," the release added.A detailed assessment of Akhtar's action and any remedial work undertaken will be submitted to the ICC and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) within three months, the ICC said, adding the report will be made public.Akhtar will, however, be allowed to play international cricket during this period. But a third reporting in 12 months would draw in the ICC's Bowling Review Group. This group will meet with the bowler and discuss the previous two assessment reports, video footage and any further evidence supplied by the player or his Board.If a majority of the Group decides the bowler has a consistently illegal action he will be banned from playing international cricket for 12 months from the date of the hearing, the release said.
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