PCB: Ajmal ready to have his new action tested

The Pakistan Cricket Board have revealed that spin coach Saqlain Mushtaq feels Saeed Ajmal is ready for testing after remodeliing his action, and are sure he’ll pass muster ahead of the World Cup.

Ajmal was banned from international bowling last month after tests in Brisbane found his action to be illegal, with his flex breaking the 15 degree limit by more than double in some cases.

The PCB then asked Saqlain, considered the inventor of the infamous doosra, to work with Ajmal, their best spinner and biggest threat, to try and get him ready for the February tournament.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said: “Saqlain has given a positive report that Ajmal has managed to remodel his bowling action to within the permissible limits of the ICC.

“He and Ajmal are both ready to go for the informal tests.

“Once he clears the informal test we will than ask the ICC to test out Ajmal so that he can be cleared before the World Cup.”

Other countries waiting on new tests, given the ICC’s crackdown, are Sri Lanka, NEw Zealand, Zimbabwe, and Bangladesh, all of whom have banned bowlers. The West Indies Sunil Narine is also at risk of being reported internationally, after picking up two citations during the Champions League T20.