Home > News >

Saeed Ajmal to miss first two Sri Lanka-Pakistan ODIs to undergo test on bowling action

Saeed Ajmal is one of Pakistan's main players in all forms of cricket © Getty Images
Saeed Ajmal is one of Pakistan’s main players in all forms of cricket © Getty Images

Karachi: Aug 21, 2014

Pakistan‘s leading off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is set to miss the first two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka as he has to fly to Brisbane to undergo tests on his bowling action. Saeed, 36, will head to Brisbane from Colombo on August 23 with his test scheduled the next day.

The second one-dayer is scheduled for August 25, and if the tests take longer he will miss the second match as well, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official told PTI. Dr Sohail Saleem who heads the PCB medical panel will accompany Saeed to Brisbane. In the past, Pakistani bowlers reported for suspected bowling actions have undergone tests at the University of Western Australia in Perth and most of them were cleared, including Saeed who was first reported for his bowling action in 2009.

This time the International Cricket Council (ICC) has changed its protocols for testing bowling actions reported by umpires and match referees so the tests are going to be held in Brisbane, the official said. Saeed, Pakistan’s leading bowler in recent years with 178 wickets in 35 Tests and 182 one-day international (ODI) and 85 Twenty20 wickets, was reported after the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle earlier this month.

The official said umpires and match referee have reported at least 30 to 35 deliveries bowled during the Test in their report. It is a worrying situation for us because too many deliveries have been reported over the span of the Test and these include his stock off-breaks not just the ‘doosra’, he said. The official said the PCB would get the report from the tests in a week’s time.

Depending on the results, the ICC can stop him from playing cricket until he works on his action or it can clear him. The world cricket governing body may even ask him to refrain from bowling some of his deliveries. Apparently the ICC decided to change its protocols for testing suspect actions after too many bowlers were cleared by the biomechanics in Perth.

Pakistan could also be without left arm pacer Junaid Khan in the first ODI on August 23 as he is still recovering from his head injury sustained while hooking a bouncer during the second Test at Colombo. Junaid has started training with the team but doctors will give him final clearance to play before the match. He might be advised to take more rest, he said.

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad

More

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test

Videos

Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Younis Khan’s double ton puts Pakistan on top against Australia at stumps on Day 2 of 2nd Test

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: Central Zone 214/4 at stumps; lead by 111 runs

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

KL Rahul could be opening option for India’s tour to Australia

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Zone South Zone vs Central Zone Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

WICB officials should visit India to minimize damage: Andy Roberts

Younis Khan: I want to be remembered as team-man

ICC World Cup 2015: New Zealand prime minister urges Indian fans to attend the tournament

Mohammad Yousuf: Muttiah Muralitharan would not have been allowed to bowl under current ICC rules

Mohammad Azharuddin’s son included in UP One-Day squad for Vijay Hazare Trophy

Rohit Sharma looks to strengthen career after an inconsistent year

Younis Khan equals Javed Miandad’s record of most 150+ scores by Pakistan batsman

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Manish Pandey showing signs of fulfilling potential

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

India A vs Sri Lanka: Fringe players look to impress

NGOs pursue education for all

Dance Basanti from Ungli: Put on your dancing shoes and practice the Basanti move!

Weight Loss Tip #59: Eat oranges to lose weight

Sensex surges 150 points in early trade to regain 27,000-mark

PricewaterhouseCoopers partners Google to offer business solutions to clients

Google X Lab working on nanoparticles to help detect diseases early

Priyanka Chopra has the best no make-up selfie on Instagram, think fans!

Lisa Haydon: I slept off midway while watching the original Shaukeen!

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here