PCB confident of having Ajmal at World Cup

The Pakistan Cricket Board are confident that spinner Saeed Ajmal will be cleared to play in the World Cup in Australia in February, saying his action remodeling work is going well.

Ajmal was banned from bowling in international cricket two months ago after ICC testing found his action to be illegal, his arm flexing by more than double the legal amount of 15 degrees.

The PCB then withdrew Ajmal from domestic cricket in order to work with former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, in order to try and get the 36-year-old premier spinner ready for the World Cup.

PCB senior general manager of medical and sports science, Dr Sohail Saleem said: “There is definite improvement in Ajmal’s bowling action as the team of experts led by Mushtaq are working in two sessions with him every day.

“Saqlain’s presence and advice has helped Ajmal a lot and the target is to make him ready for a bowling action test before the World Cup.”

The PCB were so dismayed by Ajmal’s ban, and now Mohammad Hafeez being reported during the CLT20 too, that they set up a domestic action team, and have since banned 16 bowlers, sending them for remedial training.