Pakistan adopts policy to chuck out chucking

Published: Thursday, June 8, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Adopting a zero-tolerance attitude towards the menace, Pakistan Cricket Board has announced a detailed policy to nip chucking in the bud to avoid further embarrassment at the international level.

Pakistan cricket has been hit hard by chucking and with the issue not addressed at early stage, a number of pacers have been reported for suspect bowling action by the International Cricket Council.

Among the current crop of players, Shoaib Akhtar and Shoaib Malik have been reported on more than one occasion while Shabbir Ahmed is serving a one-year ban.

Not to let the situation go out of its hands, PCB has formed a Bowling Action Committee (BAC) at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), in line with the ICC, instructing them to spot youngsters with suspect action and help them correct it.

Former pace spearhead Waqar Younis heads the six-member BAC, which also includes former Test cricketer Iqbal Qasim, former pacer Anwar Khan, umpire Khizer Hayat, offie Nazir Junior and a co-opted member.

Umpires and match referees have been asked to inform the Board as soon as they find any such instances.

PCB also announced a five-member remedial team, with Waqar and another former pace spearhead Aqib Javed in it, who will work with the players concerned and submit report along with video and Quintic Analysis to the BAC in four weeks.

During this period the player concerned will not be allowed to play any level of cricket.

''BAC will review the video footage, Quintic Analysis and recommendation of remedial team. In case the bowling action is not cleared by BAC the remedial team will continue to work with the said player for a further period of six weeks and then submit its recommendation along with video footage and Quintic Analysis to BAC,'' PCB said in a statement.

''BAC will again review the entire process which includes video footage, Quintic Analysis and revised recommendation of the remedial team. In case bowling action is not cleared by the BAC, the player will not be allowed to bowl at any level of cricket for a period of one year.

''The player has a right of appeal to PCB for review of his bowling action by BAC after 6 months of initial suspension,'' the release added.

In case the BAC finds the bowling action still illegal, then the bowler will be given one year more to rectify his action on his own and come back to Director Academies.

Another failure to correct the action would invite a two-year ban, the release added.

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