The International Cricket Council (ICC) has declared Pakistan spin maestro Saeed Ajmal’s bowling action as illegal, against the backdrop of which Ajmal will not be able to bowl at the international level.
Not only ‘doosra’, ICC also declared Ajmal’s off-spinner as illegal and enforced a ban on world’s top-ranked spinner.
“An independent analysis has found the bowling action of Pakistan’s off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to be illegal and, as such, the player has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect,” an ICC release said.
“The analysis revealed that all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.”
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to appeal against the decision. Shaharyar Khan said that Saeed Ajmal will start remedial work on his bowling action next week after it was deemed illegal.
Ajmal, who turns 37 next month, was suspended by the international cricket council after being reported during the Galle Test against Sri Lanka last month and assessed by an Australian LAB.
Ajmal will not appeal against the decision and instead applied for reassessment with the ICC after correcting his action. But Shaharyar Khan said medical reasons were no longer considered valid and the PCB would be aiming to improve Ajmal’s action over a three to six week period with the help of former off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq.