Veteran Pakistani spinner Saeed Ajmal has lashed out against the ICC’s crackdown on suspect bowling action of individuals. Ajmal, who was banned by the ICC for having a suspect bowling action; felt that the body was not doing the task in the correct manner. The off-spinner from Pakistan also felt that certain bowlers still chuck, but the ICC refuses to acknowledge that.
Ajmal said that the crackdown on just the off spinners was very baffling to him. “Why just target the off-spinners? Why not the left arm spinners, leg-spinners 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,” Ajmal told Geo Super channel.
Ajmal was also quick to add that there were certain bowlers, who still had illegal bowling actions. “I don’t want to take names but there are bowlers including fast bowlers who are violating the new rules but no one is looking at them,” he said.
The off-spinner also felt that Pakistani bowlers in particular were targeted by the ICC. “Just before the World Cup they ruled me and Hafeez out.” “I find it strange that Bilal Asif plays his first two ODIs and doesn’t take many wickets no one reports his action. As soon as he takes five wickets his action is reported by the umpires. They find fault with just two deliveries. I find this a joke,” Ajmal said.
The out of favor off spinner also said that he used his wrist to bowl off spin, since he met with an accident at an early age and thus he was a bit unconventional in his bowling. “I want to go and talk to the ICC and challenge their new rules on medical grounds. I had an accident when I was 13 or 14 and since than I have deformity in my right hand wrist and elbow and I can’t do anything about it. If through any operation I can have a normal hand I will do it. But to force me to change my action despite my medical condition is unjustified.”
“Even in 2009 my action was not within the 15 degrees limit. But I used my fingers and wrist more to bowl the doosra not my elbow. It is an art and if the ICC continues with its crackdown it will kill the art of off-spin bowling,” Ajmal added.
“On one hand they are arming the batsmen with heavier bats with meatier blades, rules in ODIs and T20 cricket weighed in their favour and than what do they expect us off-spin bowlers to do take a beating. Why can’t we be allowed to do something different to make it an even battle,” he concluded.