Bilal Asif: Under-review bowler gets Pakistan Test call-up

Bilal Asif
Bilal Asif has yet to play a Test match for Pakistan

Off-spinner Bilal Asif has been added to Pakistan's squad for the second Test against England - despite his suspect bowling action being under review.

The 30-year-old will act as cover for leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who missed the first Test because of a back spasm.

Asif was reported for a suspect action following Pakistan's third one-day match against Zimbabwe this month.

He will join up with the squad in the United Arab Emirates after completing tests on his action in Chennai.

The outcome of the tests to determine the degree of straightening in Bilal's bowling arm will not be known until after the second Test has begun, and ICC rules stipulate no player is banned until investigations are complete.

Meanwhile batsman Azhar Ali is a doubt for the Test on Thursday after flying home following the death of his mother-in-law.

Ali missed the Abu Dhabi game because of injury. He was Pakistan's leading run scorer the last time the teams met in the UAE three years ago.

Off-spinners under ICC scrutiny
Marlon SamuelsWest IndiesReported in November 2013; cleared in December (but banned from bowling quicker deliveries); reported again in October 2015
Shane ShillingfordWest IndiesReported in November 2013; suspended in December; cleared to return in March 2014 (but banned from bowling doosra)
Sachithra SenanayakeSri LankaReported in June 2014; suspended in July; cleared to return in December
Kane WilliamsonNew ZealandReported in June 2014; suspended in July; cleared to return in December
Saeed AjmalPakistanReported in August 2014; suspended in September; cleared to return in February 2015
Prosper UtseyaZimbabweReported in August 2014; suspended in October; cleared to bowl seam in December (but banned from bowling off-spin)
Sohag GaziBangladeshReported in August 2014; suspended in October; cleared to return in February 2015
Malcolm WallerZimbabweReported in November 2014; suspended in December; cleared to return in August 2015
Mohammad HafeezPakistanReported in November 2014; suspended in December; cleared to return in April 2015; reported again in June; banned for 12 months in July
Bilal AsifPakistanReported in October 2015

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