Pakistani Bowler Saeed Ajmal Banned by ICC

Saeed Ajmal Banned

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday has banned Saeed Ajmal, the world’s #1 ODI ranking bowler. Banning the off-spinner is a huge blow to the Pakistan Cricket Team who has so many match winning figures to his name. According to ICC, Saeed Amal’s bowling action was found to be illegal. He was first reported for his illegal bowling action during Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Test at Galle in August, 2014.

The ICC bowling regulation allows 15 degree level of tolerance. According to an analysis carried out by an independent party, Saeed Ajmal was found to exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations.

The ICC banned Saeed Ajmal with immediate effect after an ICC accredited team of bio-mechanics experts tested his action at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

Saeed Ajmal Banned
Saeed Ajmal making an unsuccessful appeal during a T20 match in 2013.

Ajmal can apply for 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.

“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.”

3 other off-spinners have also been named for suspect action including Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and Zimbabwe all-rounder Prosper Utseya. So far, no decision has been taken about the three except for Saeed Ajmal.

Ajmal was reported for illegal bowling action in 2009 but he came out clean that following month.

Saeed Ajmal’s Bowling Stats

Matches Wickets Average
Statistics correct on 9 September 2014
Test 35 178 28.10
One-day 111 183 22.18
Twenty20 63 85 17.54
Imran Hunzai
Imran Hunzai is a cricket fanatic and blogger. He contributes stories related to T20 Cricket and Pakistan Cricket Team. He is also the co-founder Centangle Interactive - an Islamabad-based digital media agency.