PCB ban 16 domestic players for chucking

The Pakistan Cricket Board have cracked the whip in terms of suspect bowling actions, banning 16 domestic players in an effort to avoid the situation Saeed Ajmal finds himself in.

Ajmal is the most high-profile player to be banned for chucking in the ICC’s latest crackdown, and the PCB have reacted strongly by starting a remedial action programme, to combat further embarrassment.

Former Pakistan spinner Intikab Alam, the director of domestic cricket in Pakistan, was the driving force behind the initiative, after Ajmal was put at risk of not being part of the World Cup in February.

Intikab said: “We have 29 bowlers reported for suspect bowling actions in the current home cricket season and half of them were reported twice, so we have banned around 16 from domestic matches.

“All these bowlers will not be allowed to play in domestic matches and will go to the national cricket academy to get their actions altered.”

Aside from Ajmal, six other Pakistan players have been reported in recent years, and at the moment Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson are also banned. Bangladesh’s Sohag Gazi and Al-Amin Hossain are awaiting their fates, as is Zimbabwe’s Prosper Utseya.