Sports: Cricket: PCB weighs options in Ajmal’s case

September 8, 2014 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is contemplating its future course of action, weighing all options, after off-spinner Saeed Ajmal was suspended following an independent analysis of his action, which revealed it to be illegal, leading to his suspension by the ICC from bowling in international cricket.

“It is indeed disappointing in the context of Pakistan cricket and its immediate prospects. We have referred the matter to its recently-formed Illegal Bowling Action Committee, which will consider the matter and revert with their views and or recommendations and the board will thereafter decide what action to take”, said the PCB Chairman, Shaharyar M. Khan.

The ICC rules allow PCB 14-day period to go into appeal. The PCB’s five-member Illegal Bowling Review Committee consists of Mohammad Akram, Mushtaq Ahmed, Ali Zia, Dr Sohail Saleem and Aleem Dar but in case Aleem is on the ICC duty then Ahsan Raza would replace him.

The ICC’s analysis revealed that all Ajmal deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.

Saeed, who was reported after the first Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle last month, can apply a re-assessment after he has modified his bowling action in accordance with clause 2.4 of the Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions.

The analysis was performed on August 25 by the ICC’s accredited team of Human Movement Specialists using the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.

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