Saeed Ajmal, the Pakistan offspinner, has been reported for a suspect bowling action. Asad Rauf and Asoka de Silva, the umpires for the second ODI between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai on Friday, said they had concerns over Ajmal’s action and hence requested the ICC to review his action.
The third and fourth umpires Zameer Haider and Nadeem Ghauri were also part of a report submitted to the ICC in which it was stated that, having monitored Ajmal’s action over two ODIs, there was reason it be scrutinised further under the relevant ICC process. The ICC will obtain three copies of the relevant footage, one of which will be kept by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
“Ajmal has played against four countries and nobody raised any finger on his action and suddenly this decision comes,” Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam told AFP. “I think they [ICC] are lacking consistency in this process. He bowled exceptionally well and suddenly they decided that he has a problem with his action.”
Alam said that Ajmal was “all right, not disappointed”. “His morale is high and we will play him. No pressure on him as he is a gutsy young man and I hope he will take it lightly.”
Ajmal’s doosra is under scrutiny but Alam was confident of him being cleared. “Murali bowls such a delivery and he was cleared, Harbhajan was cleared, and there is no difference between these two and Ajmal. I don’t agree that Ajmal bowls a different doosra, there is only one kind of doosra. Ajmal has hyper-mobility in his arm and I hope everything goes well for him.”
Ajmal will undergo an independent analysis of his action by a member of the ICC panel of human movement specialists, appointed in consultation with the PCB. If his action remains suspect during the analysis, he faces a ban and will have to remedy his action.
If the analysis confirms the umpires’ suspicions of only a specific delivery, Ajmal can continue to bowl in international cricket but faces a ban if reported again.