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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  • Faisal 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.

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

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

  • Dummy4 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 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

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

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

  • Rashid 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.

  • Dummy on August 22, 2014, 13:06 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • ESPN 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...

  • ESPN on August 22, 2014, 10:53 GMT

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

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