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Ahmed reported for suspect action

Shabbir Ahmed has been placed on report for a suspect bowling action, the ICC said on Sunday.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2004 18:30 IST

Fast bowler Shabbir Ahmed has been placed on report for a suspect bowling action following Pakistan's one-day loss on Saturday to New Zealand, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Sunday.

The ICC said the report was made by Australian umpire Darrell Hair and New Zealand's Billy Bowden.

Ahmed failed to take a wicket during his 10 overs on Saturday, conceding 63 runs in the fifth and final one-day match that Pakistan lost by four runs.

"The umpires asked to review footage of Ahmed's action from the match and after seeing this footage decided to report the bowler to the ICC," said ICC general manager David Richardson.

"This issue now comes under the ICC's regulations dealing with this matter and over the next six weeks Ahmed and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will have the opportunity to work on any areas of concern. Ahmed will be able to continue to play during this time."

In 1995, Hair repeatedly called Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing during the Melbourne Test against Australia.

In 1999, he and fellow Australian umpire Peter Willey reported Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's action which led to a month's ban.

Under ICC regulations, Ahmed must now work with specialist advisors to be appointed by his home cricket board and a human movement specialist from an ICC specialist panel to review his bowling action.

A report will then submitted by the Pakistan Cricket Board to the ICC.

If Ahmed is reported again by umpires a formal hearing is then held by the ICC's Bowling Review Group (BRG). If that happens, he may be banned from the game for 12 months or until the review group is satisfied that the concerns with his action are rectified.

First Published: Jan 18, 2004 11:25 IST