The pioneer of ‘doosra’ Saqlain Mushtaq on Tuesday came out in support of Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who has been suspended from bowling international cricket by the ICC after his action was deemed illegal by parent body’s expert panel.
Saqlain, one of the most wily off-break bowlers of all time took to micro-blogging site twitter offering his help for the troubled spinner.
“I will help and support saeed ajmal to the best of my ability if required,” Saqlain wrote on his twitter page.
Ajmal’s teammate and fast bowler Umar Gul also expressed his solidarity with his colleague and wished that he would soon be back in Pakistan colours.
“Wish @REALsaeedajmal can modify his bowling action n get back with a bang, biggest asset of Pakistan cricket. all prayers wd (sic) him,” Gul wrote on twitter.
However South African opening batsman Quinton de Kock made a tongue-in-cheek remark on the social networking site about the decision on Ajmal.
“Whether he chucks it or not, I’d like to see someone chuck it better than he does #SaeedAjmal” De Kock commented.
Incidentally, Ajmal has taken the highest number of wickets in international cricket across all formats in the past three years.
While he had 89 wickets in 2011, it rose to 95 in 2012 and was a whopping 111 during last year.