The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) has been accredited as a testing centre for suspected illegal bowling actions, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Thursday.
The lab at LUMS will be the first centre in Pakistan and fifth in the world to get ICC accreditation.
The National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, Loughborough University, Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai and the University of Pretoria are the other four centres where reported players’ tests are being conducted.
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The general manager of ICC, Geoff Allardice congratulated PCB on getting the first ICC accreditation centre in the country.
“I want to congratulate the Pakistan Cricket Board, which worked in conjunction with LUMS to fulfill the criteria required for an ICC accredited testing center,”
“The accreditation of the LUMS University as an ICC testing centre means bowlers reported in international cricket and Pakistan’s domestic competitions can be referred to this facility, where they will be tested according to international protocols.”
PCB managing director Wasim Khan said the biomechanical lab will help identifying and fixing illegal bowling actions of the players at a very early stage.
“In the past we didn’t have a testing center,” Khan said. “A number of Pakistan bowlers were called both at the domestic and international level and then had to undergo remodeling of their action, often at a stage where it was tough for them to regain their effectiveness.”