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ICC reports say Shabbir exceeds permissible limits

Published: Friday, July 15, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Lahore:Pakistan's Shabbir Ahmed won't be able to bowl anymore for the time being following his bowling action being declared illegal by the International Cricket Council's (ICC) biomechanics experts.

Saleem Altaf, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) director of cricket operations, has announced that according to the report recived from ICC, Shabbir straightens his elbow upto 27 degrees, which exceeds the ICC's permissible limit of 15.

"I am very disappointed, but I will get my bowling action rectified and try my level best to be available for the home series against England," Shabbir was quoted as saying in the leading Pakistani daily Dawn.

He also said that he had no information about the report. "I will see him (Saleem Altaf) on Friday and will follow the guidelines of the board in this connection."

The PCB will now send the report to its bowling review committee for further action.

It may be recalled that Shabbir has been reported for a faulty action three times in his career, the most recent occasion being the first Test of Pakistan's tour of the West Indies in May 2005. He was reported by the umpires, David Shepherd, Darrel Hair, Basil Morgan - the TV umpire - and Ranjan Madugalle, the match referee.

Shabbir, however, was allowed to bowl in the second Test of the series. He appeared before Dr Paul Hurrian, who is on the ICC panel, in England on June 11 on his way back to Pakistan from the West Indies.

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