Pak to train Shabbir in Australia

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Pakistan's new pace bowler Shabbir Ahmed would be sent to Australia to correct his bowling action, the Pakistan Cricket Board has said.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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Pakistan's new pace bowler Shabbir Ahmed, whose bowling action has been under suspicion by the umpires in the recent series in New Zealand would be sent to Australia to correct his bowling action, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced today. Shabbir will train under the guidance of former Australian bowler Daryl Foster before the forthcoming India-Pakistan series, the PCB said. PCB Chief Executive Ramiz Raja said the decision had been taken to send lanky Shabbir to Australia with the consent of the International cricket Council, (ICC). "Daryl Foster is probably the best in the field today. He previously worked wih Shoaib Akhtar when the speedster faced similar problems sometime ago. Shabbir Ahmed is an asset and the PCB would continue its policy to protect and safeguard its assets," Raja said in a statement. A report prepared by Foster who worked the experts from Western Australia University helped PCB to convince the ICC that Shoaib Akhtar’s action was legitimate. Foster also helped Sri Lankan offspinner, Muthaiah Muralitharan. "The PCB is grateful to Daryl Foster for agreeing to help out Shabbir Ahmed," he said. Shabbir Ahmed was reported for a suspect bowling action during the fifth one-day international against New Zealand by ICC umpires Daryl Hair and Billy Bowden. (PTI)

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