Following the ban of Saeed Ajmal from bowling due to his illegal bowling action, the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to appeal the decision. Now the appeal should be filed to ICC-appointed Bowling Review Group (BRG) within 14 days of the announcement of the ban.
The BRG comprises of a member of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission, a current ICC referee, an ex-international player, ICC General Manager, former International umpire and a human movement specialist.
PCB is aware that an unsuccessful appeal could lead to Ajmal being banned from bowling in international cricket for a period of time. Even then, they are going ahead because they want to understand the angles from which Ajmal’s action had been analysed. It is understood the board maintains Ajmal has a medical condition following an accident that affects the movement of his elbow and that is something that was accepted by ICC when Ajmal’s action was cleared previously.
PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said “Our experts understood that it is the doosra that may be suspected but that proved wrong because his entire action was called illegal”. “So that’s a concern for us but we are going to appeal because we want to understand if the ICC has covered all the angles or not. An appeal obviously will benefit us because there is the chance that he may be cleared and get back straight away.”
“Otherwise if the appeal is unsuccessful we are wary of the one-year ban imposed on him, but then again he can remodel his action within the period and return to cricket. We have two weeks to lodge an appeal. We have to face this with courage and go through it without panicking. We have bowlers who can fill in for Ajmal and won’t let the team miss him.”
ICC has reported that Saeed Ajmal has exceeded the 15 degree limit in all the deliveries he bowled and has bent his arm 40 degrees while bowling the doosra, 39 degree while bowling off spin during the previous testing.