London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday dismissed media reports indicating that it had received a letter from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) asking it to review the action of Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar.
"Only an umpire or a referee can file a report, not a team, national Board or the ICC. I would like to clarify that the ICC has not received a letter from the BCCI relating to Shoaib Akhtar's bowling action," ICC General Manager-Cricket Dave Richardson said in a statement in London.
"The ICC bowling review process is very clear. It is a two stage process, stage one of which demands that the match officials send a report to the ICC if they are concerned that a particular bowler has an action that requires further examination."
Pakistan daily 'The News' had on Tuesday quoted team sources close to the Indian team as saying "the Indians, through their Board, had sent a letter to the ICC asking it to once again review the bowling action of Shoaib, who they felt chucked quite a few times during an over, and the batsmen were facing problems in sighting his ball when he bowled short."
BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya reacted sharply to the report, describing it as totally "baseless" and "false".
'BCCI did not report Shoaib's action to ICC'