Saeed Ajmal Reported for Suspected Illegal Bowling Action

Saeed Ajmal, one of the top off-spinners in the world, must undergo testing within 21 days.

Updated: August 11, 2014 15:20 IST
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Saeed Ajmal in action during first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been reported with a suspected illegal bowling action during his side's seven-wicket loss in the first Test match against Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium on Sunday.

The match officials' report, which was handed over to Pakistan team manager Moin Khan on Sunday, cited concerns over a number of deliveries that were considered to be suspect and concluded that the bowler's action needed to be tested. (Also Read: Mushtaq Defends Ajmal, Rehman After Poor Show in First Test vs Sri Lanka)

Ajmal's bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is required to undergo testing within 21 days, and, during this period, Ajmal is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known. (Related: Pakistan All-Rounder Abdul Razzaq Wants to Take Up Coaching)

Ajmal took five wickets in the first innings even as Sri Lanka rattled up 533 for nine declared. Kumar Sangakkara scored a double century. Ajmal opened the bowling in the second innings. He went wicketless in his six overs as Lanka coasted to victory. Ajmal is one of the world's leading spinners with 174 Test wickets and 182 ODI scalps.

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