Bhajji all set to play against Pakistan

Published: Friday, February 18, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is all set to play in the upcoming series against Pakistan with the International Cricket Council (ICC) reportedly finding his bowling action to be within its prescribed limits.

Harbhajan was reported for his action while bowling the doosra by the match referee, Chris Broad, during India's series against Bangladesh in December. He subsequently went to Australia for testing and, if required, corrective measures.

Harbhajan, who underwent biomechemical analysis at the University of Western Australia, has been cleared to play the series, sources said on Friday. The results of the biomechemical analysis, however, are yet to be released officially.

When contacted, ICC spokesman Jon Long said they were still awaiting the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) report on the issue.

"Under the process in which Harbhajan was reported the procedure is that ICC will receive a report from the player's home Board, in this case the BCCI, approaching the end of the process they have undertaken. In this case, the deadline is February 25. The ICC is in no way involved in the process that the home Board undertakes," Long said.

However, he did not confirm whether Harbhajan had indeed been cleared at this juncture.

"I can't say anything unless we receive the report from the BCCI. I can't make any comment on the outcome."

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