Malik cleared to resume bowling

Shoaib Malik has been cleared of a suspect action by a South African institute that performed tests on him, on insistence of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

PCB operations director, Salim Altaf, confirmed that they had received the positive report, which they will be forwarding to the International Cricket Council (ICC), as soon as possible.

Altaf said, “We have received the report which says that he is bowling within the tolerance level of 15 degrees. We did some remedial work on it and he bowled in four one-dayers in India and was not reported.”

Malik, who has picked up 80 wickets in 91 ODIs, was called for throwing, the second time in his career, in October last year, following which he featured in the Pakistani ODI side only as a batsman.

If ICC confirms the validity of the report, Malik could be bowling as soon as the forthcoming tour of West Indies, although he is slated to miss a Test match, as a punishment purposefully throwing away a domestic Twenty20 match.

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