Worcestershire Unsure About Saeed Ajmal
Worcestershire are unsure over the availability and effectiveness of Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal who is making a return to competitive cricket with a remodeled bowling action.
Worcestershire’s Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes expressed confidence over the legality of Ajmal’s new action.
“We’re confident he’ll be out there bowling for us at some stage,” said Rhodes.
“I’ve seen him a little bit on footage.
“He’s quite different with a side-on action, a bit more orthodox and gets through the crease a bit more.”
The 37-year-old was banned for an illegal bowling action in September during a Test match against Sri Lanka which subsequently ruined his World Cup hopes.
Although Ajmal underwent remedies and was cleared in the ICC testing held in February, he wasn’t included in Pakistan’s World Cup squad.
Ajmal was one of the key players for Warwickshire last season snaring 63 wickets from nine matches as he helped the club in its promotion from Division Two.
While appreciating the flexibility brought about by Ajmal’s new bowling action, Rhodes admitted being unsure of its effectiveness.
“He’s had to change quite a lot in his action.
“When he failed it was a tough call for him but it’s typical of the man that he’s gone away and bowled thousands of balls.
“Will he be as effective? We don’t know yet. We’ll have to wait and see.”
Pakistan are slated to tour Bangladesh in April and hence Worcestershire are waiting for a confirmation from Ajmal on his availability for the county season.
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