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    Shoaib can return for Tests

    Shoaib can return for Tests

    Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar has been given the green light to return to Test
    cricket, having been banned because of a suspect bowling action.

    The about-turn came as the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced, in a
    landmark decision, that it had revoked the powers of its advisory panel to ban
    bowlers with suspect actions. The decision was made at a two-day executive
    board meeting which ended in Singapore on Thursday.

    The decision will automatically reinstate Shoaib into Test cricket. He is currently
    barred from playing Test cricket, though he was cleared last month to play
    one-day internationals for Pakistan.

    ICC President Jagmohan Dalmiya announced that the council's advisory panel on
    illegal deliveries would "no longer ban a player with a suspect action until such
    time as there has been a full review by the ICC of that power and related

    Dalmiya explained that the onus would now be on the respective national bodies
    to take action when the panel reported a bowler with a "suspect" action.

    With regard to Akhtar, the ICC president said: "Pakistan will report the progress
    on the remedial work on the bowler's action and this will then be reviewed by the

    "If further correction is required, then the panel will advise the Pakistan board
    accordingly. It is then up to Pakistan to take Akhtar out of its international

    The measure acquires special significance as Pakistan host Sri Lanka from next
    Sunday in their one-day international series. The first Test will be played from
    February 26.

    Shoaib will miss Sunday's one-dayer having been banned on a seperate
    disciplinary charge.