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PCB flexes muscle, asks ICC to clear Akhtar

Published: Monday, December 10, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Islamabad: Close on the heels of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) - International Cricket Council (ICC) stand-off over match referee Mike Denness' rulings, the Pakistan Cricket Board is flexing its muscles to take the game's governing body head on demanding a final ruling on the bowling action of its speedster Shoaib Akhtar.
PCB confirmed it has sent a strongly worded letter to the ICC asking it to decide once and for all on the certificate clearing Shoaib's bowling action. A clean chit was given to Shoaib by a team of bio-mechanical experts from University of Western Australia, who had conducted a detailed study of the bowler's action. The letter also asked ICC to treat Shoaib on the lines of Sri Lankan spinner Muthiah Muralitharan, who was also cleared by an expert panel from the same Australian University after he was repeatedly called for chucking. While demanding ICC to take a final stand on the experts' report, PCB also requested it to set up a medical board to examine the physical abnormality in Shoaib's hand, which gives an impression that the bowler is chucking. Shoaib, considered to be one of the fastest bowlers in the world, has been called for throwing thrice in the recent past, the latest being the Sharjah tournament in October in which ground umpires sent a written report expressing doubts about his bowling action. ICC, which refused to recognise the Australian experts' report, has suggested that Shoaib should undergo a crash course under former West Indian paceman Michael Holding.  Extras:
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Akhtar reported again for suspect action
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ICC rejects PCB plea on Akhtar action
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