Shabbir to undergo tests in England
Shabbir Ahmed, the Pakistani fast bowler, is expected to undergo tests on his bowling action under the direction of a biomechanics specialist appointed by the ICC. Shabbir, whose action was reported after the first Test in Barbados, played in the second Test in Jamaica despite being warned by the umpires and match referee, finishing the series with 13 wickets.
According to The News, a source within the board said, "The team management after consulting Shaharyar Khan, the chairman of Pakistan cricket board, told the ICC officials they would play Shabbir and if he was called again they would take the matter to the highest level with the ICC."
After undergoing the tests in England, the PCB will examine the report and see where Shabbir's action falls within the 15 degrees tolerance level set by the ICC. "Only then will they decide on the next line of action including, if need arises, sending Shabbir to work with a specialist abroad," said the source. "The Board has made up its mind it will support him strongly and find a solution to his problem. It also feels that it is strange that while he was not reported even after playing three one-dayers in the West Indies he was reported after the first Test mainly because of lobbying against his action by some television commentators."
This was the third time that Shabbir's action had been reported, and the board felt that a long layoff from the game - due to a knee injury - could be the reason for the glitch in his action. However, the News also mentioned that at the end of the second Test, the ICC match officials urged the team management to work on his action immediately, and that they would be reporting the matter to the ICC.