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Shabbir to undergo bio-mechanical tests in Austral.ia: PCB
12th February, 2006

Banned Pakistan pacer Shabbir Ahmed will undergo bio-mechanical tests in Australia before the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) files an appeal with the ICC Bowling Review Group (BRG).

Confirming this, PCB Director Operations Saleem Altaf told 'The News' that the Board is likely to submit the appeal in May but not before Shabbir is sent Down Under to be tested under Professor Bruce Elliot in the University of Western Australia.

"We can submit an appeal for the BRG to carry out another review of his action 90 days after the date of his first appeal which was January 21," he said.

"Shabbir for the moment as per our knowledge is playing domestic cricket and we have had a long talk with him about his future. After Sarfraz Nawaz works on his action we are planning to send him to Australia to undergo biomechanic tests under the supervision of Professor Bruce Elliot."

"We will then go to the ICC BRG again armed with the results of the tests and video footage of his modified action to have another review of the ban and his action," he added.

The 29-year-old was banned for one year after the BRG found his action to be illegal last year in December. The pacer had been reported twice before being banned but the PCB has vowed to support him and back him in his efforts to correct his action.

"He was very disheartened after the ICC BRG turned down his appeal but we have spoken to him at length and told him he still has hope if he works on his action and modifies it without losing any of his effectiveness," Altaf said.

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