Pakistan news November 12, 2015

Ajmal has contract suspended after outburst

Saeed Ajmal launched a strong attack on the ICC testing procedures for suspect actions © AFP

Saeed Ajmal has had his PCB contract suspended following his recent outburst about the testing procedures for suspect actions where he accused the ICC of double standards.

Ajmal was given a category B deal earlier this year in the latest batch of central contacts having been demoted from the top level following his difficult return to international cricket after remodelling his action.

"Why just target the off-spinners?"Ajmal asked in interviews with Zainab Abbas on Dunya News and with Geo Super. "Why not the left-arm spinners, legspinners or fast bowlers?

"I can tell you that I have been through this bowling assessment process so many times and have watched and studied this issue so closely that I can vouch that if tests were carried out, there would be many other bowlers whose bowling actions would exceed the 15 degrees extension limit."

Shaharyar Khan, the PCB chairman, said: "I am disappointed what Saeed said recently and we have taken a minimum action against him by suspending [his contract] and held his monthly retainer. We have also asked him to write to us about why he talked like that. We have always supported him, helped him throughout in his tough time and even hired Saqlain Mushtaq to work on his action."

Ajmal has not played for Pakistan since April when he took one wicket in two ODIs against Bangladesh and was also wicketless in a T20. During the 2015 English season he struggled for Worcestershire in the County Championship, claiming 16 wickets at 55.62.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson