Karachi: Having been at the receiving end of chucking accusations during his playing days, former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has advised Saeed Ajmal to legally challenge the new protocol of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on bowling actions.
"I just fear that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) does not leave Ajmal alone at this testing time for him and Pakistan cricket. I think Saeed has to decide for himself whether he should legally challenge the ban and new protocols or not," Akhtar said on Geo News channel. (Full ICC Statement)
The former pacer who himself faced problems with his bowling action in his career and was twice reported for his action and cleared, said if he had been in Ajmal's place he would take the legal route.
"I think legal action is the best option for Saeed at this time. I am surprised at the number of bowlers being reported for suspect actions all of a sudden by the ICC match officials. This new protocol needs to be challenged," he added. (Read: PCB to Appeal Against Saeed Ajmal Ban)
Shoaib said another option was that if Saeed worked hard on his bowling action it could be modified for good effect.
"I was fortunate that when I was playing the board supported me a lot, particularly former chairman Tauqir Zia and the same is needed for Saeed."
Pakistan's former captain, Mohammad Yousuf said that Saeed's future now depended on how strongly the PCB pleaded his case with the ICC.
"It will all boil down to how much influence the PCB has in the ICC," he added. (Read: Ajmal Vows to Play World Cup, Says Ban 'Not an Issue')
He said the ban on Saeed was a big blow to Pakistan cricket as he had been our top bowler for while now.
"It is a hard time for Saeed but I hope the PCB fights his case properly and if hard work is done his action can be corrected with the right measures," he said.