The International Cricket Council has accredited the biomechanics lab situated at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) as a testing centre for suspect bowling actions, making it the second Asian city to harbour such a facility after Chennai.
It is the sixth ICC-accredited lab in the world joining the testing centres in place in Brisbane, Loughborough, Pretoria, Chennai and Cardiff.
A huge boost for Pakistan cricket, the lab will be used to conduct official bowling tests for international and domestic bowlers to biomechanically assess any deficiencies in the players' techniques.
The testing centre will thus be instrumental in overcoming the imperfections in bowling actions of players and develop more refined cricketers for the future.
Speaking on the occasion, PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan said: “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.
“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."
The biomechanics lab at LUMS, established in 2016 under the then PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan, possesses facilities of the highest quality comprising of a large indoor area and high-speed cameras which will help rehabilitate the bowling actions.
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Several players over the last three years have sought the assistance of PCB in this facility including Kenyan spinner James Ngoche.
“The lab will also be available to players from around the world and we will work closely with the ICC to make the facility readily available for testing of suspect bowling actions. The facility won’t be restricted for bowling actions only and players at all levels can sort out their technical deficiencies through biomechanical analysis under the supervision of coaches and experts," Wasim added.
Meanwhile, ICC’s General Manager Cricket, Geoff Allardice, acclaimed PCB's efforts to upgrade their facilities and tackle the issue of bowlers with illegitimate 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. This reflects the PCB’s effort and commitment to deal with suspect illegal bowling actions."