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Shabbir fate depends on Woolmer~~s feedback

Published: Sunday, August 28, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Karachi:The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will soon take a decision on whether to send pacer Shabbir Ahmed abroad for correcting his bowling action, on which national team coach Bob Woolmer has worked in the last few days in Lahore.

"A decision on whether to send Shabbir will be taken soon as we are awaiting a final feedback from Woolmer who has been working on his action and has given some positive initial reports," a board official said.

Shabbir's action was reported for a third time in his international career in May after the first Test against the West Indies in Barbados.

Since that series he has not played any cricket and the official confirmed there had been talk about trying him out against the Australia A side next month in one of the games.The official said if Woolmer felt Shabbir needed more work on his action than he would be sent to either Australia or South Africa where specialists would work on his action in detail and try to modify it accordingly.

"The main thing is that we want to be 100 per cent sure about his action before we send video recordings of it to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for final approval and clearance so that he can resume playing international cricket."

The official said a decision on Shabbir could be made at the next meeting of the ad-hoc committee scheduled early in September.

Shabbir carried the Pakistan pace attack through in the West Indies in the absence of fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami and Umar Gul.

Gul would also be tried out in one of the matches against Australia and also during a three-day practice game between Pakistan probables next week in Lahore.

Gul has not played any first-class cricket since April last year when he took five for 35 against India to set up a Test win in Lahore.

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