The facility will be used for biomechanical analysis of players at various levels
The biomechanical lab at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) has been accredited by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as a testing centre for suspected illegal bowling actions, becoming the first such facility in Pakistan.
The centre joins the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, Loughborough University, Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai and the University of Pretoria as testing centres for players reported in international cricket under the ICC Suspect Illegal Bowling Action Regulation.
The facility will be used for biomechanical analysis of players at various levels with an aim of improving their performances and ironing out technical deficiencies.
PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan believes that the testing centre will help the PCB in identifying and fixing illegal bowling actions for players reported in both domestic and international cricket.
“The accreditation of the biomechanics lab at LUMS is a significant development and it is a step in the right direction in line with PCB’s aim of equipping the board with modern and world-class facilities,” said Wasim Khan. “The facility will help us identify and rectify faulty bowling actions at an early stage. In the past we didn’t have a testing centre and a number of Pakistan bowlers were called both at the domestic and international level and then had to undergo remodelling of their action, often at a stage where it was tough for them to regain their effectiveness.”
ICC’s General Manager-Cricket Geoff Allardice also appreciated PCB’s commitment and efforts to deal with suspect bowling actions.
“I want to congratulate the Pakistan Cricket Board, which worked in conjunction with LUMS to fulfil the criteria required for an ICC accredited testing centre,” said Allardice. “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.”