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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Sydney club set to snap up 'suspect' Shoaib

Published: Friday, November 16, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Sydney: Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, reported for a suspect action yet again last week, could be playing club cricket in Sydney next week.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Shoaib, 26, has agreed terms to play alongside Australian paceman Brett Lee for Mosman for six or seven games, Mosman general manager Barry Hyland said Friday.Shoaib, who claims his action is due to being born with a crooked elbow, will be thrown out of international cricket if he is reported again. International Cricket Council (ICC) rules call for a 12-month ban for a player called for throwing three times in a year.Hyland said Shoaib's eagerness to play with Mosman stemmed from his friendship with Lee and the quality of the club's bowling coaches, Peter Philpott and Barry Knight."Something could throw a spanner in the works but it's 80 per cent certain he'll be on the field for us against Gordon next Saturday," said Hyland."One of the attractions for him is that he'll have good advice from Peter and Barry close at hand, and the New South Wales staff and the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) are not far away."He couldn't really be in a better place. The Pakistan Cricket Board has given him a clearance to play for us, now it's just a matter of getting his visa worked out."Shoaib burst onto the international stage at the 1999 World Cup but the following year Australian umpires Peter Willey and Darrell Hair reported him.Pakistan protests led to Shoaib being reprieved after a month's ban and the ICC began reviewing the way it dealt with such cases.Shoaib returned at full throttle but a spate of injuries kept him in the pavilion for 10 months. However, he was called again in March during a One-dayer in New Zealand.He was sent to Perth to be filmed from every conceivable angle by bio-mechanics experts at the University of Western Australia, which declared his action was legal because he had a "hypermobile elbow joint"."Akhtar is unable to avoid hypermobility of his bowling action ... and therefore should not be regarded as throwing due to his abnormal anatomical characteristics," the university said.However, Shoaib was called again while playing at the Sharjah Champions Trophy last week and this time, he was ordered to work on his action with West Indian great Michael Holding.Shoaib was expected in Sydney late next week.

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