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Former PCB chief reveals how Dalmiya saved Akhtar's career

Former PCB chief reveals how Dalmiya saved Akhtar's career

Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Lt General (retired) Tauqir Zia has revealed the chief role of the late International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Jagmohan Dalmiya in helping save Shoaib Akhtar’s career.

In 1999, Akhtar was in danger of being banned from bowling after his action was considered to be illegal, however, Dalmiya made a timely intervention and convinced the other ICC members to allow the speedster to continue his career.

"Jagmohan, who had been president of the ICC and was an influential voice, supported us a lot in the Shoaib Akhtar bowling action case. He took a stand for us despite the ICC members insisting that Akhtar's bowling action was illegal," Lt General (retd) Zia said.

"But due to the stance taken by Dalmiya and myself the ICC eventually conceded that Akhtar had a medical flaw in his bowling arm since birth which gave him hyper elbow extension and he was allowed to play on," he added.