Galle Test: Saeed Ajmal reported for suspect action

Dubai :  Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been reported for suspect bowling action during his side’s seven-wicket loss in the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.  Ajmal, who registered his 10th five-wicket haul in the second innings of the Test match, was reported by the match officials’ and they cited concerns over a number of deliveries that were considered to be suspect.

The official’s subsequently sent the report to team manager Moin Khan informing him that the off-spinner’s action will now be scrutinised under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. As per ICC regulations, Ajmal, who has 174 Test scalps in 34 matches, will have to undergo testing of his action within 21 days, but can continue bowling until the outcome of the results, which will allow him to participate in the second and final Test starting Thursday.

This is the second instance of Ajmal being reported for suspect action. In April 2009 — his debut year, the bowler was reported for his action while bowling the ‘doosra’ but was cleared the following month.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s seasoned pace bowler, Umar Gul has admitted that a nagging knee problem has forced him to think about quitting Test matches. Gul, who has played just eight One-day internationals and four T20 matches for Pakistan since having a knee surgery in Melbourne in May last year, said he was frustrated at being plagued by fitness issues.

“It is frustrating and right now the doctors and trainers at the national cricket academy have told me I am still not 100 per cent fit and need to do more rehabilitation and gym training so that the knee is back to normal,” Gul said.

“I myself don’t feel comfortable bowling right now because of the knee problem and if you ask me right now if I could play Test matches I would say no,” he said. Gul, 30, who is the most experienced pace bowler in the present team with 163 Test, 173 ODI and 80 T20 wickets, was sidelined for the ongoing series in Sri Lanka because of fitness problems.

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