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Saeed Ajmal Suspended From Bowling

Saeed Ajmal bowls in training
Saeed Ajma has been suspended from bowling due to an illegal bowling action
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In a big blow to the Pakistan cricket team, ace spinner Saeed Ajmal has been suspended from bowling by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Ajmal was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during the Test series against Sri Lanka last month, following which he missed the first two One-Day Internationals to fly to Brisbane for tests on his action.

"An independent analysis has found the bowling action of Pakistan's off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to be illegal and, as such, the player has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect," the ICC said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The analysis revealed that all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations," it added.

The recent development will force Saeed Ajmal to miss the upcoming series in the United Arab Emirates against Australia starting next month as it will take a minimum of 45 to 60 days for him to remodel his action.

Recently, the ICC has been strictly monitoring bowling actions, especially those of off-spinners.

Sachithra Senanayake, Prosper Utseya, Sohag Gazi and Kane Williamson were all reported for suspected bowling actions as well as Ajmal.

Senanayake and Williamson were subsequently banned while Utseya and Gazi have yet to have their actions independently assessed.

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