Special panel to meet over Brett Lee's action

LONDON, JULY 12. World cricket's special panel which advises on bowlers' suspect actions is to meet ``as a matter of priority'' to deal with the case of Australia's Test fast bowler Brett Lee.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Tuesday that Lee's action would be reviewed by the advisory panel for illegal deliveries, following a report by the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) which stemmed from Australia's Test tour of New Zealand last April.

An ICC statement said: ``the panel will meet by conference call as a matter of priority well ahead of Australia's next match on August 16 to enable time for remedial work if required.''

Australia is playing South Africa in a three-match indoor series in Melbourne in mid-August. The 12-man panel has former India captain Sunil Gavaskar as chairman and includes Imran Khan and fellow former fast bowler Michael Holding.

ICC handling unsatisfactory: Australia

Meanwhile in Sydney, a senior Australian official said on Wednesday, the ICC's handling of chucking allegations against Bret Lee was totally unsatisfactory. Australian Cricketers' Association chief executive Tim May said the delay in telling Australia of the reports was not acceptable and called for an overhaul of the ICC's review process.

``The fact that it has taken that long is totally and absolutely unsatisfactory,'' May told ABC radio. The two Indian umpires who officiated in the series - A.V. Jayaprakash and Srinivas Venkataraghavan - made their report to match referee Mike Denness, who forwarded his concerns to the ICC.

But Australian Cricket Board chief executive Malcolm Speed was only made aware of the allegations against Lee on June 27. Speed said the ICC's procedure to date had been flawed.

``It's fair to say the ACB is concerned with the some of the procedural aspects of the way the ICC has dealt with this matter - not least of which is the delay of some three or four months since the concerns were raised, and the ICC's failure to follow their own procedures,'' he said.

- Reuters & AFP