BCCI pursuing Harbhajan~~s case

Published: Friday, May 6, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The Indian Cricket Board was wholeheartedly backing off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who was reported for suspect action and was awaiting ICC's reply on reviewing his action, a top Board official today said.

"We have raised a genuine query. Harbhajan twice underwent the (review) process and we are ready that he goes through that for the third time also. But what more we have to do (for any doubts about his action to be removed), BCCI President Ranbir Singh Mahendra told PTI here.

"The ICC is yet to get back to us," he added.

Harbhajan Singh was reported twice in three months for suspect bowling action this season. The Punjab player, who underwent corrective measures in 1998, was reported in December after the second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong and again in March, in the second Test against Pakistan in Kolkata.

It made Harbhajan the first bowler to be reported under ICC's new regulations dealing with suspect bowling actions.

Under the revamped bowling review process, bowlers are allowed to straighten their arm upto 15 degrees while delivering.

Also, the bowler reported will be directly dealt with by the ICC and has to go through a review process within 21 days from the date of being reported. The bowler needed to receive a favourable report from a biomechanics expert so as to continue playing.

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