Bowlers to be divided into regional groups June 28, 2006

Fifty-five bowlers marked for modification of action

Cricinfo staff



The Pakistan board hopes to eliminate the problem of suspect bowling action from the domestic circuit © Getty Images

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will assist 55 bowlers found to have suspect actions in domestic cricket to rectify their faults with the help of a newly-constituted committee.

The Bowling Action Committee is made up of a combination of ex-internationals and umpires, including Mudassar Nazar, Iqbal Qasim, Nazir Junior, Anwar Khan, Khizar Hayat, Shahid Aslam and Aaqib Javed.

Following a meeting held on Monday, it has been decided that the bowlers will be divided into four groups and each bowler's action will be recorded on video. The videos will be forwarded to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for biomechanical analysis using Quintic Software. After confirmation that the action is illegal, remedial action will be carried out under the supervision of the committee members.

The bowlers have been divided into four regional groups. Footage of their actions will be recorded at the NCA in Lahore on July 7 for bowlers from Lahore and Sialkot, under the supervision of Shahid Aslam, at the National Stadium in Karachi on July 9 for bowlers from Karachi, Hyderabad and Quetta under Anwer Khan, at Khan Research Laboratories Ground in Rawalpindi with Aquib Javed on July 9for bowlers from Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Abbottabad and at Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad on the same day for bowlers from Multan and Faisalabad with Nazir Junior.

Pakistan has been plagued with suspect bowling actions at domestic and international level. Shoaib Akhtar, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez have all been reported at various stages internationally and Shabbir Ahmed is currently serving a one-year suspension from international cricket after being called for the third time in his career last November.

In light of this, the committee was set up as part of the PCB's policy on suspect action and there was concern within the board at the high number of bowlers it found with faulty actions.