Pakistan gets its first-ever International Cricket Council (ICC) recognized testing facility. The biomechanical lab at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) has been credited by ICC as a testing center for suspected illegal bowling actions. This is the first of its kind facility in Pakistan. It will boost Pakistan’s cricket.
The National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, Loughborough University, Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai and the University of Pretoria are also some of the testing centers for players. The lab has joined these centers.
The aim of the facility is to conduct a biomechanical analysis of players at different levels and improve their performance. It will also help PCB in recognizing and fixing the illegal bowling action of players in domestic and international cricket.
PCB stated, “The facility at the LUMS 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.”
Full set of testing equipment and software is provided by ICC to the LUMS testing center so that bowlers are continuously assessed.
PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan said, “The accreditation of the biomechanics lab at LUMS is a significant development and it is a step in the right direction in line with PCB’s aim of equipping the board with modern and world-class facilities.”
Adding, “The facility will help us identify and rectify faulty bowling actions at an early stage. In the past, we didn’t have a testing center and 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.”