The chucking controversy September 16, 2005

PCB ask Daryl Foster to analyse Shabbir's action

Cricinfo staff

Shabbir Ahmed: Still awaiting his fate © Getty Images
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has asked Daryl Foster, the Australian fast bowling coach, to analyse the bowling action of Shabbir Ahmed, after which the board would decide whether or not to send Shabbir to Australia.

Saleem Altaf, the director of cricket operations, informed The News that he had spoken to Foster and that the board would be recording Shabbir's action during a practice game later this week.

Shabbir, who was reported for a suspect action for the third time in his career against West Indies in the first Test in Barbados this year, underwent tests in England under the supervision of a bio-mechanics specialist, after which Bob Woolmer, the Pakistan coach, also worked on his action.

However, the board is yet to send tapes of his bowling action to the ICC review committee to seek final clearance. Altaf also said that Shabbir's inclusion for the home series against England in November-December wasn't certain.

"It is too early to say whether his action would be cleared by the ICC in time for the England series," he added. "I might go myself to attend this meeting of the group to be held in Dubai to convince them that Shabbir's action is okay."