Pakistan news August 22, 2014

Ajmal heads to Brisbane for testing

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Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal will leave Colombo for Brisbane early on Sunday to have his bowling action tested at the Australia National Cricket Center, a newly ICC-accredited facility. He is set to miss the first of three ODIs against Sri Lanka on August 23, and could be unavailable for the second match as well on August 27.

"There is a possibility that he [Ajmal] may join the team on August 26," a PCB spokesperson told ESPNcricinfo. "Although his test is scheduled for August 25 in the laboratory, it depends on how much time he requires there. If the process is completed in one day then he will take an immediate flight to Sri Lanka to join the team."

Ajmal's action was reported by the onfield umpires and the match referee after the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle earlier this month. ESPNcricinfo understands the ICC report had mentioned that about 30 to 35 deliveries from the match were under the scanner. Ajmal is free to continue bowling until the results of the test are known.

This is the second instance of Ajmal being reported for a suspect action. In April 2009, he was reported for bowling the doosra, and was cleared the following month. This time, however, it is not just the doosra that is under scrutiny.

The issue of suspect bowling actions had came up during the ICC cricket committee meeting in June, where there was a general consensus among members that the current methods used to detect illegal actions were imperfect. It recommended changes to help match officials get more support from biomechanists in order to identify illegal actions with "more confidence".

In the last couple of months, Sri Lanka offspinner Sachithra Senanayake and New Zealand's Kane Williamson were reported and subsequently banned from bowling due to illegal bowling actions.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • FSL2013 on August 24, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    They have reported him second time, they must have done their homework otherwise nobody wants to go through the same process again for no reason. I think is gone. Tough times for Pakistan.

  • SahilMisri on August 23, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    Ajmal is such a good bowler. I hope he doesn't get banned!

  • on August 23, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    That is shame for cricket world, seriously scrutiny for how to angling his arm 30,90,120 who cares, his bowling action is clear once before, why they r doing again?

  • Umer.Lohya123 on August 23, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    he will be big miss for pakistan against srilanka but it is a good time for zulfiqar babar to perform

  • Sinhaya on August 23, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Good luck Ajmal and hope to see you in action soon.

  • khanofcricket on August 23, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Why does he have to leave in the middle of the tour? Why could they not schedule it after a week, once the ODI series was over? Effectively he is being penalized by not being able to participate in the series.

  • on August 22, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    He I'll be all right.....

  • on August 22, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    I hope he will be all right. We need bowlers of his class to test go test batmen.otherwise this is going to be one man race.

  • on August 22, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    I don't count ashwin a legendary bowler where he has no satisfying record out side sub continent.murali,warne ,herathand ajmal are true legends...

  • on August 22, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    As a SL supporter,i wish him good luck and hope to see him on play again...cz he is a rising legend...

  • FSL2013 on August 24, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    They have reported him second time, they must have done their homework otherwise nobody wants to go through the same process again for no reason. I think is gone. Tough times for Pakistan.

  • SahilMisri on August 23, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    Ajmal is such a good bowler. I hope he doesn't get banned!

  • on August 23, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    That is shame for cricket world, seriously scrutiny for how to angling his arm 30,90,120 who cares, his bowling action is clear once before, why they r doing again?

  • Umer.Lohya123 on August 23, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    he will be big miss for pakistan against srilanka but it is a good time for zulfiqar babar to perform

  • Sinhaya on August 23, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Good luck Ajmal and hope to see you in action soon.

  • khanofcricket on August 23, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Why does he have to leave in the middle of the tour? Why could they not schedule it after a week, once the ODI series was over? Effectively he is being penalized by not being able to participate in the series.

  • on August 22, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    He I'll be all right.....

  • on August 22, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    I hope he will be all right. We need bowlers of his class to test go test batmen.otherwise this is going to be one man race.

  • on August 22, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    I don't count ashwin a legendary bowler where he has no satisfying record out side sub continent.murali,warne ,herathand ajmal are true legends...

  • on August 22, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    As a SL supporter,i wish him good luck and hope to see him on play again...cz he is a rising legend...

  • trabosher on August 22, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    For all of you complaining about Ajmal. You're all looking at the present. Look at the future for a change. For two ODIs Pakistan won't have Ajmal. Meaning Pakistan won't be over dependent on just ONE player. I'm not taking anything away from the others but you need others step up their game. Take the Asia cup final for a good example. Ajmal's economy was somewhere near 3. While the others were touching 6. So now this is the first time we will see Pakistan exposed. Meaning now the Pakistan will have to find a replacement because what will Pakistan do when Ajmal retires. This is a window of opportunity for any young spinner like Raza Hasan to have a go because I don't see Abdur Rehman as a very good choice for a main spinner. And the seamers ---- This is where the pacemen will have to step up their game.

  • on August 22, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    @Junaid Abbasi Ashwin!! Seriously?? You rank him with Ajmal?? I mean I am not even taking names of Warne, Kumble and Murli. Ajmal has time to be counted there, and you counting Ashwin. Who does not know how to bowl outside Asia!!

  • on August 22, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    I think, for the common cricket-fans, ICC should release the pictures of the deliveries where the umpires/match referee have doubts on Ajmal's action.

    Actually, the main question is how will you stop someone (Ajmal / or any one) to bowl an illegal delivery during a match situation.

    For me there are two solutions: 1. stop the bowler from bowling doosra. 2. the umpire should call the delivery a no-ball on the field it self. Just like a front-foot no-ball. Third umpire can be used to check the delivery.

    For those who think it will take time during a match, i have 1 task for them: first make the teams bowl 90 over in a day without any third-umpire involvement. Cheers

  • johnathonjosephs on August 22, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    I thought he was going to Cardiff?

  • Nuwas on August 22, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    after having things sorted out, one ODI series before WC would be great for him tbh rather than jumping into WC series straight away. Wish you good luck nevertheless Amal, from SL.

  • on August 22, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    This is not a good news for pakistan. but why pakistan rely on Ajmal so much. while they have lots of talent on their bench. Pakistan must have to remove that kind of culture that rely only 1 or 2 players.

  • BDKu on August 22, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan fan I would have liked to have Ajmal for the ODIs and then leave for Aussie. The series will be boring when you lose 2 front line performers from both sides in the bowling department.

  • on August 22, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Cricket without Bowling is not entertainment, it needs all, Spin, Swing, Speed, which testes the batsman & creates breathtaking cricket ! Otherwise what ? we see batsman bot tested at all? No TECHNIQUE ? NOTHING? Kumble, Ajmal, Warne, Ashwin, Murali r all same class ! don;t test the patience of bowlers please !

  • on August 22, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Ajmal will pass this test as he already done so last time, though it will be bad for Pakistan team that he will gonna miss some ODIs. Best of luck to Saeed Ajmal, legendary cricketer.

  • GreensFan on August 22, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    so once you are bane are you done or can you alter your action and restart you bowling again?

  • on August 22, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Dont worry about the odi series or any series in fact, we need him for the WC and hope to have him for that.

  • on August 22, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    hope he is clear before aus series.

  • on August 22, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    World Cricket needs you, good luck - from Sri Lanka

  • on August 22, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    lose of pakistan team if he misses ODIs

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  • on August 22, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    lose of pakistan team if he misses ODIs

  • on August 22, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    World Cricket needs you, good luck - from Sri Lanka

  • on August 22, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    hope he is clear before aus series.

  • on August 22, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Dont worry about the odi series or any series in fact, we need him for the WC and hope to have him for that.

  • GreensFan on August 22, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    so once you are bane are you done or can you alter your action and restart you bowling again?

  • on August 22, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Ajmal will pass this test as he already done so last time, though it will be bad for Pakistan team that he will gonna miss some ODIs. Best of luck to Saeed Ajmal, legendary cricketer.

  • on August 22, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Cricket without Bowling is not entertainment, it needs all, Spin, Swing, Speed, which testes the batsman & creates breathtaking cricket ! Otherwise what ? we see batsman bot tested at all? No TECHNIQUE ? NOTHING? Kumble, Ajmal, Warne, Ashwin, Murali r all same class ! don;t test the patience of bowlers please !

  • BDKu on August 22, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan fan I would have liked to have Ajmal for the ODIs and then leave for Aussie. The series will be boring when you lose 2 front line performers from both sides in the bowling department.

  • on August 22, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    This is not a good news for pakistan. but why pakistan rely on Ajmal so much. while they have lots of talent on their bench. Pakistan must have to remove that kind of culture that rely only 1 or 2 players.

  • Nuwas on August 22, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    after having things sorted out, one ODI series before WC would be great for him tbh rather than jumping into WC series straight away. Wish you good luck nevertheless Amal, from SL.