Biomechanical lab in Pakistan gets ICC accreditation
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A biomechanical lab in eastern city of Lahore has been accredited by the ICC as a testing center for suspected bowling actions, the Pakistan Cricket Board said Thursday.
The lab at the Lahore University of Management Sciences will become the fifth such center which has been approved by the game’s governing body.
The National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, Loughborough University, Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai and the University of Pretoria are the other centers where players reported in international cricket are being tested.
“I want to congratulate the Pakistan Cricket Board, which worked in conjunction with LUMS to fulfil the criteria required for an ICC accredited testing center,” ICC general manager Geoff Allardice said.
The facility at LUMS passed through range of criteria that included a motion analysis system with a minimum of 12 high-speed cameras capable of producing three-dimensional data.
The ICC has assisted in establishing the lab by providing a full set of testing equipment and software, like it had done with the other accredited centers.
PCB managing director Wasim Khan said the biomechanical lab will help rectify bowling actions of a Pakistani bowler at a very early stage.
“In the past we didn’t have a testing center,” Khan said. “A number of Pakistan bowlers were called both at the domestic and international level and then had to undergo remodeling of their action, often at a stage where it was tough for them to regain their effectiveness.”