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Pakistan Cricket Board Turns To Saqlain To Help Ajmal Out

Saqlain Mushtaq
Saqlain Mushtaq has been drafted in to suppoer Saeed Ajmal
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With their ace spinner's career in jeopardy, the Pakistan cricket authorities have now sought the help of former Pakistan spinner, Saqlain Mushtaq, to help Saeed Ajmal rectify his action and return to international cricket.

Saqlain, who is now settled in Britain, has been helping spinners all around the world. He was also a part of the West Indies camp during the T20 World Cup earlier this year and a part-time spin consultant for Bangladesh.

The 37-year-old has confirmed that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has established contact with him after Saeed Ajmal was suspended from international cricket because of an iIlegal bowling action.

"The PCB has contacted me to help out Saeed and I am willing to do that. He is a gutsy character and can adjust his action accordingly," Saqlain told the Geo Super channel.

The number-one ranked ODI bowler, Ajmal was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during the first Test against Sri Lanka and the 36-year-old off-spinner underwent biomechanism tests in Brisbane.

The reports confirmed all of Ajmal's deliveries breached the 15 degree permissible limit for straightening of the arm and was suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) straightaway.

Mushtaq was a huge role model for the spinners in his generation as well as future generations.

Saqlain Mushtaq has been the first bowler to work on the ‘Doosra’ which later became an effective weapon for the other spinners like Muttiah Muralitharan, Harbhajan Singh, Johan Botha, Saeed Ajmal and Ajantha Mendis.

He then worked on the ‘teesra’ meaning 'the third one' during his stint in Surrey, which was later used by Saeed Ajmal in 2012.

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