Pakistan’s suspended off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has withdrawn himself from the World Cup squad for the 2015 ICC World Cup as he has no chance of getting his action cleared before the tournament.
Pakistan Cricket Board officials met on Saturday where Ajmal made this decision. The PCB officials also decided that all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, who is also suspended from bowling in international cricket, will travel to Chennai for an informal test and if he clears it, PCB will apply to the ICC for an official test.
“If Hafeez clears the informal test than we will apply to the International Cricket Council to hold his official test for his bowling action to be cleared,” the PCB said in a statement.
“Ajmal withdrew himself,” PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan told reporters.
“We didn’t want to take a risk with Ajmal’s career because latest reports suggested his elbow extension was not still within the 15 degrees allowed by the ICC despite all the remedial work on his action. We were aware that if he took the official ICC test in a bid to make the World Cup squad and failed it he could be suspended from playing for one to two years and that would mean the end of his career,” added said.
The 37-year-old Ajmal, who was named in the preliminary squad, will continue remedial work on his action and play domestic cricket until he has satisfied himself he can take the ICC test. With age not on his side, his retirement from International cricket is not far away.
All the teams should announce their World Cup squad before the deadline set by the ICC (January 7, 2015).