How Saeed Ajmal can make a comeback
Saeed Ajmal was suspended by ICC for illegal bowling action on Tuesday © AFP

 

Sep 9, 2014

 

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal, who was suspended from bowling with immediate effect for illegal bowling action, can apply to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a reassessment any time. However, if he is and then suspended again within two years then he’ll be banned for at least one year. Read full report here.

 

However, Ajmal can apply for a re-assessment at any time only after modifying his action. Complete coverage of Saeed Ajmal’s suspension here.

 

Below are the key highlights pertaining to the Bowling Review Group as mentioned in the official ICC document regarding illegal bowling action.

 

Clause: 2.3.7 – The Bowling Review Group (BRG) hearing shall be conducted in accordance with the usual principles of natural justice.

 

Clause: 2.3.8 – The BRG will consider the following:
a) The video evidence referred to in paragraph 2.1.5 above.

 

b) The Match Officials’ Report.

 

c) The Independent Assessment together with any image based evidence accompanying such assessment.

 

d) Any further evidence that the Player and/or his representative wishes to present in the Player’s defence. This may include a written report, a verbal submission, any expert evidence and image based evidence.

 

e) Any written or video evidence that the Player’s Home Board wishes to be considered on behalf of the Player.

 

Clause: 2.4 – Re-assessment of Player’s bowling action

Clause: 2.4.1

A Player who has been suspended from bowling in International Cricket under these Regulations shall be permitted under the supervision and with the consent of his Home Board to continue to play domestic cricket.

Clause: 2.4.2

Subject to the provisions of paragraph 2.4.5 and paragraph 2.5 below, a Player who has been suspended from bowling in International Cricket under these Regulations, may at any time apply to the ICC for a re-assessment of his bowling action.

Clause: 2.4.3

Such re-assessment shall be carried out in the same manner as the Independent Analysis referred to in paragraph 2.2 above save that the purpose of the comparison between the re-assessed action and the action of the Player as employed in the Match in which he was reported shall be to determine the extent, if any, of the improvement to his bowling action.

Clause: 2.4.4

In the event of such re-assessment concluding that the Player has remedied his bowling action and that his bowling action is no longer an Illegal Bowling Action the Player’s suspension shall be lifted and he shall be permitted to continue bowling in International Cricket forthwith.

Clause: 2.4.5

The BRG shall have the discretion to specify a fixed period before the expiry of which the Player shall not be entitled to approach the ICC for a re-assessment of his bowling action in terms hereof. Such discretion shall only be exercised in the instance of a frivolous application for a BRG hearing and the maximum period so
specified shall be 1 year.

Clause: 2.4.6

The Independent Assessment resulting from the re-assessment will stand in the place of the original Independent Assessment, and the provisions of paragraphs 2.2.10, 2.2.11, 2.2.12 and 2.2.14 and paragraph 2.3 will apply in respect of it.

 

Clause: 2.5 – Second and further reports

In the event of a Player being suspended from bowling in International Cricket under these Regulations for a second time within a period of 2 years from the date of the commencement of the first period of suspension, the Player shall be suspended from bowling in International Cricket for a minimum period of 1 year. Only after the expiry of this 1 year period will the Player be entitled to approach the ICC for a re-assessment of his action in accordance with paragraph 2.4 above.

 

Complete coverage of Saeed Ajmal’s suspension here.