The International Cricket Council has cleared banned Pakistani spinner Saeed Ajmal’s new bowling action and termed it legal. Saeed Ajmal’s new bowling action was cleared in the recent test he underwent under the watchful eyes of his coaches at the ICC-accredited laboratory in Chennai on Friday.
The coaches said following the test, the bowler’s action show marked changes and his landing of his left foot on the ground and almost fully side on action predict that he has every chance of getting cleared by the ICC experts
Ajmal was not only tested for his stock off-spinners but also for his variations which include doosra, carrom balls and the quicker ones. All these deliveries, according to the video clips, are well below or within the permissible limits, those present at the centre said.
Ajmal also spoke on his bowling action and thanked his coach Saqlain Mushtaq for helping him correcting his bowling action. Earlier I used to bring my bowling arm from behind my body. Now it is more of side on. Likewise, my front foot used to be on the air but now I keep my delivery strike on the ground. Saqlain had motivated me highly and inspired me to bring in the changes in my action by going to the nets on daily basis to work for over three hours. He had said that with his new bowling action, he had bowled over 12,000 deliveries at the nets and played a couple of domestic matches.
Along with Saeed Ajmal, Bangladeshi spinner Sohag Gazi, too has been cleared of his new bowling action. The report has been sent to the ICC headquarters in Dubai. Even if ajmal cleared with bowling action we dont want him in squad, said a official from Pakistan’s World Cup squad.