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Bilal Asif's bowling action cleared by ICC

Bilal Asif is in line to make his debut in the third Test against Pakistan in Sharjah.
Bilal Asif is in line to make his debut in the third Test against Pakistan in Sharjah.
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday has declared Pakistan off-spinner Bilal Asif's bowling action to be legal after reports indicated that his elbow extension was within the allowed limits.

Asif was reported for a suspect bowling action during the third One-Day International against Zimbabwe in Harare on 5th October.

The 30-year-old then underwent a bio-mechanical test on 19th October at the ICC-accredited centre in Chennai.

The ICC confirmed the clearance of Asif's bowling action in a media release. 

"At the assessment (in Chennai), it was revealed that the amount of elbow extension in all of Asif's deliveries was well within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations," said the release.

Having made his debut for Pakistan against Zimbabwe in October, Asif put on an exceptional performance in his second game as he registered figures of 5-25.

Asif was also drafted into the Pakistan squad for the recently concluded second Test against England in Dubai as a cover for Yasir Shah. 

Meanwhile, Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam, who was confident that the off-spinner will clear the test with success, stated that the news comes as a relief to the team, who have already lost the off-spinning all-rounder in Mohammad Hafeez.

"We were confident that his action would be cleared," Alam told AFP.

"Its a good news for Asif as well as the team." 

With Imran Khan already ruled out of the third Test against England in Sharjah, Asif is likely to join the team as the third spinner apart from Shah and Zulfiqur Babar. 

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