Lahore biomechanics lab fifth ICC-accredited testing centre for suspect bowling actions

Pakistan’s Lahore University of Management Sciences has been accredited by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as a testing centre for suspected bowling actions.

Lahore is the fifth such centre after National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, Loughborough University, Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai and the University of Pretoria.

ICC General Manager Geoff Allardice praised Pakistan Cricket Board’s commitment to deal with the menace of illegal bowling actions.

“I want to congratulate the Pakistan Cricket Board, who worked in conjunction with LUMS to fulfill all criteria required for an ICC accredited testing centre. This reflects the PCB’s effort and commitment to deal with suspect illegal bowling actions,” Allardice said in a statement.

He continued, “The accreditation of the LUMS University as an ICC testing centre means bowlers reported in international cricket and Pakistan’s domestic competitions can be referred to this facility, where they will be tested according to international protocols.”

The facility at the LUMS University was assessed against a range of criteria, including having an indoor area large enough to allow a player to bowl off his or her full run-up; a motion analysis system with a minimum of 12 high-speed cameras capable of producing three-dimensional data, and suitably qualified personnel experienced in using such systems and capable of implementing the ICC testing protocol.

The ICC has provided a full set of testing equipment and software to the LUMS testing centre, as it has done with the other accredited centres, to allow for a consistent assessment of bowlers across the different facilities worldwide.