Off-spiner Bilal Asif reported for suspect action
HARARE (92 News) – Pakistan off-spinner Bilal Asif has been reported for a suspect action following the third ODI against Zimbabwe in Harare.
Asif, 30, had made his international debut in the second game of the series, and took figures of 5 for 25 in the third ODI to help Pakistan win the series 2-1.
Pakistan’s team manager Intikhab Alam said that Bilal’s action has been reported after the third ODI and we are following the procedure with the ICC.
A total of eight deliveries from Asif during third ODI were reported by the match officials.
Asif will have to get his action tested at an ICC-accredited facility within two weeks of the PCB receiving the report from the ICC, but he is eligible to bowl in international cricket until the result of the test is out.
The development is a setback for Pakistan because Asif had been retained in the ODI squad in Zimbabwe – after not playing the preceding T20Is – because they wanted to assess him ahead of the series against England in the UAE.