Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been reported for suspect bowling action for the second time in his career and will undergo further testing over the next three weeks.
The International Cricket Council said in a statement Monday that match officials handed a report on Ajmal’s suspect bowling action to Pakistan team manager Moin Khan soon after Sri Lanka’s dramatic seven-wicket victory at Galle International Stadium on Sunday.
The report, according to ICC, “cited concerns over a number of deliveries that were considered to be suspect and concluded that the bowler’s action must needed to be tested.’’ According to regulations, a bowler is not allowed to bend his bowling arm more than 15 degrees.
Ajmal was previously reported in 2009 during one-day series against Australia in Dubai before he cleared all the tests. Over the next three weeks Ajmal is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known. The Pakistan Cricket Board said it has no “choice but to wait for the outcome of the process before proceeding further in this matter.’’
The 36-year-old off-spinner has taken 174 wickets in 34 test matches and 182 wickets while competing in 110 one-day internationals. He has also played 63 Twenty20 internationals and taken 85 wickets. Ajmal has often troubled batsman with his “doosra’’ — a delivery that spins away from right-handed batsmen.
But it was the same delivery that ran him into trouble in 2009 before he was cleared by University of Western Australia. In May England’s fast bowler Stuart Broad had also questioned Ajmal’s bowling action in his tweet and said that the off-spinner used different bowling actions on the field and during testing.
Ajmal claimed 5-166 after bowling nearly 60 overs in Sri Lanka’s mammoth reply of 533/9 in the first test, but his first wicket came after conceding over 100 runs in the 47th over when he dismissed captain Angelo Mathews for 91.
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