PCB extend Saqlain tutelage for Ajmal

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal is nearly ready for testing on his action, according to the PCB, who have asked mentor Saqlain Mushtaq to work with the banned bowler for an extra 15 days.

Saqlain’s short term deal was set to end on 24 October, but it has been extended to make sure that Ajmal, banned for an illegal action two months ago, is completely ready for his vital assessment.

The PCB have said that Ajmal has fixed his action enough to be retested by the ICC, and he will go to England next month for independent biomechanical testing, and then on to the ICC’s testing centre.

PCB Cricket Committee chairman Shakil Sheikh said: “Ajmal has been tested on the 2D equipment at the NCA, where he has [shown] significant improvement.

“After the remedial work is complete, he shall be tested in a state of the art lab with 3D facility.”

Pakistan are desperate to have Ajmal cleared ahead of the World Cup, while other countries are in a similar boat, with the ICC cracking down on chucking. At the moment, Sachithra Senanayake, Sohag Gazi, Prosper Utseya and Kane Williamson are also banned.