Karachi - Banned Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has vowed to correct his
illegal bowling action and return to cricket before next year's Cricket World
Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The International Cricket
Council (ICC) banned the 36-year-old earlier on Tuesday after
biomechanic tests revealed all his deliveries breached the permissible
limit for straightening of the elbow joint.
"The ban is not a
problem for me right now. The ICC has stopped me from bowling because my
elbow is bending beyond the 15 degrees allowed by the ICC and I know I
can correct that," Ajmal said.
"It is very disappointing
to know the results of the tests but I am a fighter and I know what I
have to do to get back into international cricket before the World Cup,"
Ajmal, who turns 37 next month, said he was open to
approaching former players to help him correct his action which was
first reported in 2009.
"Playing in the World Cup and doing well
for Pakistan is a dream for me and I am not going to give up on that,"
said Ajmal, who has been Pakistan's top spinner in all formats.
Ajmal has about five months to correct his action and appeal for a reassessment in order to play in the World Cup.
Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan conceded it was a big jolt
coming less than six months before next year's 50-over marquee event.
it is a big shock for us when we are preparing for the World Cup. But
we are waiting for the final report and we can appeal in two weeks time
against the ICC decision."
He said the ban followed change in ICC protocol on testing bowlers with suspect actions.
bowlers from other countries are also being reported but what is
surprising is most of them are off-spinners like Saeed," he said.
"We have to see what is the best we can do for Saeed and what is best for Pakistan cricket."
felt someone like former pace bowler Waqar Younis, who is the head
coach of the team, can help Ajmal emerge from the episode.
Chief selector Moin Khan hopes Ajmal will quickly get his action cleared but was also working on a back-up plan.
have time before the World Cup, so Saeed can sort out his bowling
action issues but we have also already called up two or three promising
spinners to the National Cricket Academy to have a look at them," he
"We need to find a replacement for Saeed until he is cleared
to bowl again because we have a tough series against Australia coming
Starting next month, Pakistan play one Twenty20
International, three ODIs and two tests against Australia in the United
"Saeed is a strong character and I am sure he will work hard to be ready for the World Cup," Moin said.
captain Rashid Latif said he was not really surprised with the ban
after the new protocols for testing bowling actions came into effect.
the past bowlers were given the benefit of doubt on medical grounds but
apparently now things have changed. But Saeed is a fighter and Pakistan
still needs him for the World Cup," Latif told Reuters.
the PCB should get our former great spinners like Saqlain (Mushtaq),
Abdul Qadir and Mushtaq (Ahmed) to work with him on his action."
Ajmal was reported last month, PCB set up a committee of bowling
experts to identify and work on bowlers in domestic cricket with suspect
Dodgy bowling action has remained a problem for
Pakistan cricket for a while with Shoaib Akhtar, Shabbir Ahmed, Shahid
Afridi and Shoaib Malik being reported in the past. Leading bowlers who have been reported for illegal actions in
international cricket following Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's
suspension on Tuesday:
Australia: Ian Meckiff, Brett Lee
Bangladesh: Sohag Gazi, Abdur Razzak
England: James Kirtley
India: Harbhajan Singh
Pakistan: Saeed Ajmal, Shabbir Ahmed, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Riaz Afridi, Shahid Afridi
New Zealand: Kane Williamson
South Africa: Johan Botha
Sri Lanka: Muttiah Muralitharan, Sachithra Senanayake
West Indies: Shane Shillingford, Marlon Samuels, Jermaine Lawson
Zimbabwe: Prosper Utseya, Grant Flower, Henry Olonga