Debate continues over Saeed Ajmal's bowling action

Saeed Ajmal bamboozled English batsmen, taking 24 wickets in a three-match Test series Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Dubai: Feb 11, 2012

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal’s controversial bowling action has sparked off a heated debate with former Indian players questioning the legality of his action.

While former spinners like Bishan Singh Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna have questioned the legality of his action,

The 34-year-old, who bamboozled English batsmen, took 24 wickets in a three-match Test series.

Bedi feels that it is the ICC which has created this “monster”.

“How can you continue with this nonsense? One should put an end to this farce. It’s ICC’s prerogative to react. Saeed Ajmal’s is case of blatant chucking. If you look at the way he is bowling, he doesn’t need a run-up to bowl. He can stand and simply throw the ball just like you play darts,” Bedi told PTI.

“You have allowed someone like Muttiah Muralitharan and that’s where the problem started. Can anyone with naked eye be able to conclude whether the arm is bending at less or more than 15 degrees. You need to trust the human eye and let’s be honest a chucker can be identified from a mile,” Bedi fumed.

“It’s admirable that ICC is trying hard to curb the menace of match-fixing but they aren’t doing anything to curb the menace of chucking. When you try to detect whether a match is fixed or not, it’s not easy but chucking is something that’s happening right under your nose.”

Prasanna too blamed it on the ICC and said the governing body should take note.

“His action is certainly a problem but then the ICC has allowed him to bowl. As far as we know, bending the elbow more than 15 degrees is not permissible in the ICC rules. But this fellow himself said that he has been allowed a 23 degree bend,” Prasanna said.

“Now my question is what the ICC committee which looks after the legality of the bowling action is doing? I believe, there should be stringent rules as far as the bowling action is concerned and umpires should be taken into confidence. The ICC has said there is no problem. If the parent body thinks like that, then one can hardly do anything,” Prasanna said.