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PCB suspends Saeed Ajmal's contract

PCB suspends Saeed Ajmal's contract
Saeed Ajmal earlier criticised ICC for its policy of reporting bowlers with suspect action.
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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended Saeed Ajmal's central contract over the comments he made against the International Cricket Council regarding illegal bowling actions.

Ajmal, who has been struggling to make a mark with his remodelled action, was given a category B contract earlier this year.

In September this year, Ajmal also stated that he was ready to retire if the PCB told him that they no longer need his services.

In interviews with Dunya News and Geo Super, Ajmal lashed out at the methods adopted by the ICC to test the bowlers asking why only off-spinners are being targeted.

Ajmal also indicated that there are plenty of bowlers who, if tested, will be found violating the allowed 15 degree elbow extension.

"Why just target the off-spinners?" he queried.

“Why not the left-arm spinners, leg-spinners or fast bowlers?

"I can tell you that I have been through this bowling assessment process so many times and have watched and studied this issue so closely that I can vouch that if tests were carried out, there would be many other bowlers whose bowling actions would exceed the 15 degrees extension limit."

PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan expressed his disappointment over Ajmal’s comments and confirmed that the board has decided to suspend the 38-year-old’s contract.

Asking Ajmal to explain his comments, Khan said that the PCB has always stood by the 38-year-old and helped him with remodelling his action as well.

"I am disappointed what Saeed said recently and we have taken a minimum action against him by suspending [his contract] and held his monthly retainer," Khan said.

“We have also asked him to write to us about why he talked like that.

“We have always supported him, helped him throughout in his tough time and even hired Saqlain Mushtaq to work on his action.” 

In a bid to regain his form, Ajmal played first-class cricket for Worcestershire but had a disappointing season, picking up just 16 wickets from eight matches at an average of 55.62.

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