Shabbir~~s bowling action improved: Woolmer

Published: Saturday, September 3, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Pakistan cricket team's coach Bob Woolmer believes that young pacer Shabbir Ahmed has considerably improved his suspect bowling action that was reported to the International Cricket Council (ICC) in May for the third time in his career.

Woolmer told the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Director Cricket Operations on Friday that he was satisfied with the improvement shown by Shabbir and had prepared a video of his action accordingly.

But sources in the Board said that a decision on whether to send Shabbir to England was still pending and a forward step would only be made once the video is viewed.

"The Ad-hoc Committee is likely to meet on September 12 and in all probability Shabbir might still be sent to England with the approval of the Committee for a final check-up on his action," one source said.

He said once the bio-mechanic expert Dr Paul Horrian worked with Shabbir, the PCB would send his videotapes of his revised action to the bowling action review group of the ICC for final clearance so that he could start bowling again.

"Woolmer is pretty confident that Shabbir has got over his problem and his action should now no longer be under the scrutiny. But we would like to be 100 per cent sure before we send the matter to the ICC for final clearance," the source said.

Woolmer has spent a lot of time working on Shabbirs action in the last two weeks and he has conveyed to the Board that the pacers action is now according to the ICC regulations.

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