Saeed Ajmal Claims Ravichandran Ashwin Was Kept Away From Cricket To Work On His Action To Avoid Ban
Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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Saeed Ajmal Claims Ravichandran Ashwin Was Kept Away From Cricket To Work On His Action To Avoid Ban

Saeed Ajmal had a history of always getting called out by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his action being illegal during his time with the Pakistan team from 2008 to 2015.

If there is one cricketer who is constantly in news for giving feedback or suggestions, then it has got to be Ravichandran Ashwin.  India’s premier spinner was first targeted by Sanjay Manjrekar who said he is not yet ‘an all-time great player’ while the topic is still burning, another one, this time, from former Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has come.

The 43-year-old told that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was deliberately kept away from the game during that period.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Saeed Ajmal
Ravichandran Ashwin and Saeed Ajmal. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Saeed Ajmal Said All Those Rules Were For Him Whereas Ravichandran Ashwin Was Out From Cricket For 6 Months

Seeed Ajmal had a history of always getting called out by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his action being illegal during his time with the Pakistan team from 2008 to 2015. Ravichandran Ashwin made his international debut in 2010, one year later to Saeed Ajmal, and has been a constant member of the Indian team. Saeed Ajmal though felt something was not right and has stated his displeasure.

“You changed all these rules and regulations without asking anyone. I was playing cricket for the last eight years. All those rules were for me. That’s it. During that period, Ashwin was out from cricket for six months.

“Why is that? So you can work on him and your bowler doesn’t get banned. They don’t care if a Pakistan bowler gets banned. They only care about money,” Saeed Ajmal told as quoted by Cricwick.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Former Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal in a controversial statement said that India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had been kept out of cricket for a while in order to avoid being banned by the ICC. Saeed Ajmal, who has been banned for chucking on multiple occasions, alleges that the ICC engages in favouritism, tilting towards India.

Ravichandran Ashwin has last featured in an ODI and T20I in 2017 in June-July against West Indies. He has 150 ODI scalps in 111 ODIs.  Ravichandran Ashwin’s last international ODI game was on 30 June 2017 in the 3rd ODI at North Sound against the West Indies while he is an invaluable indispensable member of the Test team where he has 409 scalps and is among India’s top 5 wicket-takers.

When the 43-year-old former spinner was quizzed to speak on the semi-final match between India and Pakistan during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in which Saeed Ajmal managed to get former legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s wicket before the DRS came to rescue and the decision was overturned.

The legendary cricketer scored 78 and helped India enter the finals. Sachin Tendulkar played the last of his 6 World Cups in 2011 and India won the World Cup after a hiatus of 28 long years.

Sachin Tendulkar carried on the shoulders of his teammates after the 2011 World Cup win | AFP
Sachin Tendulkar carried on the shoulders of his teammates after the 2011 World Cup win | AFP

“The umpire who gave Tendulkar out, he would be ready to give the statement that he got it right. And the meaning is pretty clear. The DRS can be checked manually. You can alter it at any stage.

“I don’t know about that but even if I see it now and any umpire sees that he will think that this will go on to hit the stumps. But that missed the stumps. Thousands of people have questioned me this, and I don’t know the answer.”

Saeed Ajmal made his debut for Pakistan and 2008 and would go on to play 35 Tests, 113 ODIs, and 64 T20Is in the next seven years.