Pakistani pace star to undergo bowling action scrutiny in Australia
KARACHI, March 19 (AFP) - Pakistan is sending ace fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar to Australia for examination of his suspect bowling action,
officials said Monday.
"We are sending Akhtar to Australia this week to have a three dimensional analysis of his bowling action," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)
chairman Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia said.
"The human resource department of Western Australian University will examine Akhtar's action and do corrective measures, if needed."
"Just like Sri Lankan bowler Muthiah Muralitharan was cleared medically by the same university we want to get the same clearance for
The Sri Lankan off-spinner was cleared medically by the university after it was found that his arm was permanently bent 40 percent more than
normal since birth.
Akhtar, rated as one of the fastest bowlers in the world, has been accused of chucking after New Zealand's umpires reported his action to
International Cricket Council (ICC) referee Ranjan Madugalle earlier this month.
Akhtar's bowling action was reviewed by a three-member home panel set up by the PCB.
"The panel witnessed the footage of Akhtar's questionable bowling action taken during the 5th one-day international against New Zealand at
Wellington," PCB's general manager operations Zakir Khan told AFP.
The panel included former Test pace bowler Mohsin Kamal, off-spinner Ejaz Faqih and international player Iqbal Sikander.
No comment was available from any of the panel members as sources said the PCB had forbidden them to speak to the press.
The panel will review Akhtar's action again after his return from Australia before submitting a report to the PCB.
Akhtar's action was first questioned in Australia in December 1999 when ICC match referee John Reid, of New Zealand, reported his action.
But the then ICC president, Indian Jagmohan Dalmiya, used his powers to clear Akhtar to play one-day matches in Australia in January