Karachi - Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal ruled himself out of the Cricket World Cup on Saturday
after the 37-year-old suspended offspinner decided not to go for
official testing of his suspect bowling action.
withdrew from the official testing which effectively means he has
withdrawn from the World Cup," the Pakistan Cricket Board spokesperson Agha
Akbar said Ajmal will hold a news conference in the coming days and will give more details about his decision.
PCB earlier on Saturday said that only Mohammad Hafeez will visit India
next week for unofficial testing of his bowling action while Ajmal will
continue to work on his bowling action with former test spinners
Saqlain Mushtaq and Mushtaq Ahmed back home.
Ajmal was suspended
in September by the ICC while Hafeez was banned from bowling in
international cricket earlier this month after his action was found to
be illegal during the first Test against New Zealand.
Saturday, the PCB said it will send only suspended Mohammad Hafeez to
India next week for unofficial testing of his bowling action before
applying for ICC's official testing, while Saeed Ajmal will stay in
Former test spinners Saqlain Mushtaq and Mushtaq Ahmed,
who have worked with Hafeez, agreed that the offspinner should now be
tested at an ICC-accredited laboratory in Chennai, India, before going
to the world's governing body for official testing.
continue to work on his remodeled bowling action with Saqlain and a
bio-mechanist at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.
fast running out for Ajmal to get into Pakistan's World Cup squad which
is due to be named by January 7. The PCB believes the offspinner needs more
time to bowl within the allowed elbow extension of 15 degrees.
has been unofficially tested three times at the ICC-accredited
laboratory at Loughborough University in England since being suspended,
but is yet to bowl within the allowed parameters.
Shaharyar Khan said on Friday that if Ajmal undergoes official ICC testing -
and his bowling action is found illegal - the offspinner faces a ban of
two years which means the end of his international career.
PCB fully supports Ajmal in his attempt to regularise his action and to
return to cricket as Pakistan's top performer in the future," the board
said in a statement on Saturday.
The PCB also announced that
Naveed Akram Cheema has been recalled as team manager for the World Cup.
He will replace Moin Khan, who had been both team manager and chief
selector, and will still accompany the team to Australia and New
Pakistan's players underwent fitness tests on Saturday
though injured captain Misbah-ul-Haq, fast bowler Junaid Khan and
middle-order batsman Sohaib Maqsood did not participate.