Five months ahead of the 2015 World Cup, Pakistan is dealted with a huge blow as the International Cricket Council banned their strike bowler and leading Off-Spinner Saeed Ajmal for a year for chucking. Ajmal attended the tests in Australia last month and the reports suggested that Saeed Ajmal was found exceeding the bending limits.
Ajmal was suspected and was reported by the Match officials and referees during the First Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka and reported to Australia to undergo tests during the ODI series.
“An independent analysis has found the bowling action of Pakistan’s off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to be illegal and, as such, the player has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect,” an ICC release said. “The analysis revealed that all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.”
ICC also added that Ajmal can apply for a re-assesment anytime. Pakistan in all likelihood will challenge ICC’s decision. In the recent past, New Zealand‘s Kane Williamson and Sri Lanka’s Sachitra Senanayake were banned for Chucking.