Broad set for latest slap on wrist

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The England and Wales Cricket Board will reportedly reprimand fast bowler Stuart Broad, who publicly questioned the legitimacy of Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal's bowling action last week.

The England and Wales Cricket Board will reportedly reprimand fast bowler Stuart Broad, who publicly questioned the legitimacy of Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal's bowling action last week.

Ajmal is playing for Worcestershire in the County Championship – and recently completed career-best innings figures of seven for 19 in a big victory over Essex, who largely fell prey to the renowned delivery.

Former English captain Michael Vaughan, meanwhile, posted a photograph of Ajmal bowling during that fixture at New Road on Twitter. The image was accompanied by the caption: "You are allowed 15 degrees of flex in your delivery swing."

Broad, who is currently sidelined by a knee injury, promptly replied: "This has to be a fake photo. Bowlers can bowl very differently in a laboratory while being tested compared to needing wickets in the middle."

The 36-year-old Ajmal was, evidently, offended by the insinuation – and instructed agent Umran Khan to address the subject with the Pakistan Cricket Board and ECB.

The 27-year-old Broad is a centrally contracted cricketer, whose comments about fellow players on a public forum are restricted. He might be heavily fined if the remarks are deemed disparaging.

"Broad's dig hurt me the most," Ajmal told <i>pakpassion.com</i>. "Former players will sit in the commentary box or wherever else and say some things for attention but you don't expect such things from a fellow professional cricketer who is still playing cricket. It was disappointing to read Broad's comments."

ECB chairman Giles Clarke allegedly contacted Worcestershire chief executive David Leatherdale on Wednesday, expressing a desire to act on Ajmal's grievance and Broad's actions.

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