Pak Board mulls legal steps against illegal actions

Published: Wednesday, May 10, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:In a bid to nip the menace in the bud, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is toying with the idea of introducing a law which will ban chuckers in the domestic circuit and thus prevent them from disgracing the country at international level.

According to media reports, the issue came up for discussion during the review committee meeting of regional domestic cricket in Karachi yesterday.

''PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan and the Director Cricket Operations Saleem Altaf told the participants that the Board was very worried about this issue as 29 bowlers had been reported for having suspect bowling actions during the last domestic season and belonged to different teams,'' a PCB source was quoted as saying by The News.

''The number of 29 is unusually high on the domestic circuit and the Board is working on a proposal to introduce a regulation next season under which bowlers reported for having suspect actions will immediately be banned from taking part further in domestic cricket and will be given a period of one or two months to improve their actions,'' the source disclosed.

Pakistan had faced a lot of embarrassment at the international level in the last six years as their bowlers have been repeatedly hauled up by the ICC match officials for their suspect actions.

Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar has been reported thrice for his bowling action before being cleared on medical grounds.

Among others, Shabbir Ahmed is presently serving a 12-month ban while Shoaib Malik had also been reported thrice.

Besides, Mohammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi's bowling actions have also been reported.

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