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Bowling Actions Of Saeed Ajmal And Sohag Gazi Cleared

Bowling Actions Of Saeed Ajmal And Sohag Gazi Cleared
Saeed Ajmal and Sohag Gazi have been cleared to return to international cricket
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The bowling actions of Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal and Bangladesh’s Sohag Gazi have been cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after a series of retests and remedial work.

As a result, both the off-spinners can now resume bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.

Ajmal was reported for a suspected illegal action after the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle in August while Gazi was also reported in August after the second One-Day International against West Indies in Grenada.

After an initial test conducted at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, results showed that both the off-spinners extended their elbows beyond the permissible 15-degree limit and were subsequently suspended from bowling in international cricket.

For a retest to be conducted, a banned bowler has to first analyse the deliveries that he needs to get tested and can bowl those only if it gets a clearance in the subsequent retests.

The reports of the latest retests confirmed that the elbow extensions of both Ajmal and Gazi for all deliveries were within the permissible limit of 15 degrees laid down by the ICC.

However, the officials are still within their rights to report Ajmal and Gazi again should they find their bowling actions doubtful.

The officials have also been provided with footage of the reworked bowling actions of the two bowlers for future reference.

Ajmal credited former Pakistan bowler Saqlain Mushtaq for helping him out during what has been the toughest phase of his career.

“Saqlain had motivated me highly and inspired me to bring in the changes in my action by going to the nets on daily basis to work for over three hours," he said.

"He had said that with his new bowling action, he had bowled over 12,000 deliveries at the nets and played a couple of domestic matches."

The retests were performed at the ICC-accredited laboratory in Chennai on 24th January.

Both Ajmal and Gazi would be available to Pakistan and Bangladesh for the World Cup, but only as injury replacements given that both were left out of their side's final 15-man squads.

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