ICC bowling proposal may clear Malik also

Published: Friday, November 12, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:With an International Cricket Council (ICC) committee proposing that bowlers be allowed to straighten their arms at the elbow up to 15 degrees during a delivery, the Pakistan team management was hopeful that young spinner Shoaib Malik's action worries would be over.

"The ICC committee has recommended that bowlers be allowed to straighten their arms up to 15 degrees. So, I don't think there will be any problem with Shoaib's action now," Pakistan manager Haroon Rashid told newspersons here on Thursday.

Rashid intervened when a scribe asked Malik, who is here for the November 13 One-dayer against India, whether he was being sent to Australia to correct his suspect bowling action.

Taking the mike from Malik, Rashid said, "The Pakistan team is going to Australia. Then we plan to consult a bio-mechanic expert on his action".

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) panel, which viewed a video footage of Malik's action, said recently that there was a "minor flaw" in the spinner's bowling action and he would have to undergo corrective measures.

The panel also endorsed ICC's view that Malik needed to consult a bio-mechanics expert and bowling experts to make the slight correction.

Rashid, however, downplayed the problem saying "an action sometimes seems suspect to the naked eye. And whenever such things are noticed by the umpires, the matter is reported to the match referee who in turn brings it to the notice of the ICC".

"The international body then asks the Board concerned to look into it and make recommendations," he added.

When a media person asked Malik for his reaction on the possibility that Sri Lankan off-spinner Mutthiah Muralitharan might be allowed to bowl his 'doosra', Rashid again sprung to the Pak bowler's rescue. "Please don't ask him such questions. These are policy matters."

Asked about the dew factor, which has played a crucial role in deciding day-night matches at the Eden Gardens, Malik said, "We are professionals. Irrespective of whether there is dew or not, we give our best for the team".

Malik said that he hadn't seen the pitch, but expressed confidence of putting up a good performance with the ball on Saturday.

Praising coach Bob Woolmer as one of the most qualified professional coaches of the world, Malik said, "His suggestions have benefited the team a lot. Earlier, I used to shuffle the bat a lot. He told me not to do it. I obeyed him. And now I'm scoring more runs".

Malik also said that he would not feel any extra pressure playing before an expected turnout of around 90,000 at the Eden. "I'm happy to play at Eden. But we play under different situations in various parts of the world. So, the question of pressure does not arise."

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