Ajmal has been banned from bowling by the ICC after the sport’s international body deemed his action to be illegal.
In what is a huge blow for Pakistan, offspinner Saeed Ajmal has been banned from bowling in international cricket by the ICC after his bowling action was deemed to be illegal.
Ajmal, who has been Pakistan’s lead spinner in all formats of the game in the past few years, was reported after his side’s first Test against Sri Lanka last month.
The decision to ban the 36-year-old was taken after a team of bio-mechanics experts tested his action at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.
“An independent analysis has found the bowling action of Pakistan’s offspinner Saeed Ajmal to be illegal and, as such, the player has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect,” the ICC said.
“The analysis revealed that all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.”
Ajmal can apply to the ICC to become re-assessed after he modifies his bowling action.
It’s the second time Ajmal has been reported for a suspect bowling action after his doosra delivery came under investigation in 2009.