ICC needs to clarify rules on ban appeal: PCB

Published: Wednesday, March 1, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to seek a clarification from the ICC on its decision to deny pacer Shabbir Ahmed the right to appeal against his 12-month ban before the completion of his suspension period.

''There are clearly some clauses in the protocol document that need to be understood clearly. Our understanding, after seeing these documents, was that Shabbir could lodge another appeal for a review of his action in three months' time,'' PCB Director Cricket Operations Saleem Altaf told reporters.

''But now it seems the protocol documents says if the Bowling Review Group (BRG) dismisses any appeal filed on flimsy ground it can rule to not allow the banned bowler from appealing again until the completion of his one-year suspension. We would like to seek clarification on what grounds one can describe an appeal as flimsy,'' he said.

Mr Altaf said he could not understand why the ICC chose to remain silent when the board had made it quite clear earlier that it was planning to appeal within three months of the ban being imposed.

''If the clauses had been so clear as the ICC has spelt out now, why would we be in a hurry to modify and correct Shabbirs action and have him sent to Australia for biomechanic tests to give him a chance of being cleared for the England tour,'' he pointed out.

''We need to speak to the ICC about it,'' he said.

Earlier, ICC General Manager Cricket David Richardson had made it clear that the pacer's action would be reassessed only after the completion of the banned period and the PCB could not appeal against the ban imposed by the BRG.

''Weve in place a process that was supported by all of our Full Member countries which states that if a player is independently assessed to have been bowling with an illegal action twice in two years hell be suspended from bowling in international cricket for one year,'' he had said in statement.

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