Anxious PCB wants ICC to clear Malik

Published: Thursday, February 3, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:In a significant development, Pakistan has asked the world governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) to clear the bowling action of 23-year-old all-rounder Shoaib Malik on medical grounds.

According to PCB chief, Shaharyar Khan, the young all-rounder should be given the all-clear after Malik was injured in a road accident two years ago as a result of which he has lost control of a tendon in his bowling arm which is causing the problem.

The off-spinning all-rounder, was reported for a suspect action in October 2004 during a tri-series final in Lahore.

This is not the first time that Malik's action has been reported by ICC match officials. In 2000 he met with the same fate and has since than undergone two test sessions in Perth under the supervision of biomechanics specialist professor Bruce Elliot and bowling coach Daryl Foster.

A report from biomechanic specialists in Perth, Australia, has been sent to the ICC, along with a PCB report.

The Pakistan cricket establishment is spending anxious days as it wants the ICC give clearance at the earliest so that Malik could be available for selection for the upcoming tour of India.

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