Saeed Ajmal undergoes bowling action test in Chennai

Saeed Ajmal

CHENNAI: Suspended Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal was on Saturday put through an official ICC bowling action test at the apex cricket body’s accredited laboratory here under the supervision of two technical experts from Dubai.

Apart from Ajmal, Bangladeshi right-arm off-break bowler Sohag Gazi, 23, also reported for testing today as per instructions of the International Cricket Council.

The 38-year-old Ajmal, who was suspended from bowling in international cricket last September, will be missing the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup because of suspension for illegal bowling action.

After the completion of the test, a source informed that 350 shots each of the two suspended bowlers were taken and frame by frame those would be analysed.
“350 shots of the two bowlers were taken today,” the source revealed. The report is expected within 10 days.

Meanwhile, confusion prevails over the fate of Ajmal — if he fails the official ICC test there is talk that he won’t be able to take a retest for the next 12 months.

Recently another Pakistani suspended off-spinner Muhammad Hafeez undertook an unofficial test at the bowling centre here, but he will probably go to Brisbane for his official ICC test before the World Cup.

Hafeez was also suspended from bowling in international cricket last November after failing the ICC test, but he is in the final World Cup squad as an opening batsman.