Saeed Ajmal to plead his case with the ICC © Getty Images
Saeed Ajmal to plead his case with the ICC © Getty Images

Saeed Ajmal, currently out of favour with the Pakistani selectors, said he got a feeling that Pakistani bowlers were targetted the most in the crackdown. “Just before the World Cup they ruled me and Hafeez out.” Ajmal said he was preparing to plead his case with the ICC and had sought the help of the Pakistan Cricket Board in this regard. “I want to go and talk to the ICC and challenge their new rules on medical grounds. I had an accident when I was 13 or 14 and since than I have deformity in my right hand wrist and elbow and I can’t do anything about it. If through any operation I can have a normal hand I will do it. But to force me to change my action despite my medical condition is unjustified.” LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs England 2015, 3rd Test at Sharjah

He said he had asked the PCB to support him to challenge the ICC rules on medical grounds and was still waiting for their response. “Even in 2009 my action was not within the 15 degrees limit. But I used my fingers and wrist more to bowl the doosra not my elbow. It is an art and if the ICC continues with its crackdown it will kill the art of off-spin bowling,” he said. “On one hand they are arming the batsmen with heavier bats with meatier blades, rules in ODIs and T20 cricket weighed in their favour and than what do they expect us off-spin bowlers to do take a beating. Why can’t we be allowed to do something different to make it an even battle,” he added

Ajmal appealed to the ICC to review its new rules especially for off-spinners and increase the elbow extension to at least 20 degrees to make it an even battle. “Don’t kill the art of off-spin or doosra.” Ajmal, who took 178 wickets in 35 tests, 184 ODI wickets and 85 in T20 internationals has not played for Pakistan since April this year. Ajmal, currently out of favour with the Pakistani selectors, said he got a feeling that Pakistani bowlers were targetted the most in the crackdown. “Just before the World Cup they ruled me and Hafeez out.” Ajmal said he was preparing to plead his case with the ICC and had sought the help of the Pakistan Cricket Board in this regard. ALSO READ:Saeed Ajmal to play Pakistan National T20 Championship in bid to earn international recall

“I want to go and talk to the ICC and challenge their new rules on medical grounds. I had an accident when I was 13 or 14 and since than I have deformity in my right hand wrist and elbow and I can’t do anything about it. If through any operation I can have a normal hand I will do it. But to force me to change my action despite my medical condition is unjustified.” He said he had asked the PCB to support him to challenge the ICC rules on medical grounds and was still waiting for their response. “Even in 2009 my action was not within the 15 degrees limit. But I used my fingers and wrist more to bowl the doosra not my elbow. It is an art and if the ICC continues with its crackdown it will kill the art of off-spin bowling,” he said.

“On one hand they are arming the batsmen with heavier bats with meatier blades, rules in ODIs and T20 cricket weighed in their favour and than what do they expect us off-spin bowlers to do take a beating. Why can’t we be allowed to do something different to make it an even battle,” he added. Ajmal appealed to the ICC to review its new rules especially for off-spinners and increase the elbow extension to at least 20 degrees to make it an even battle. “Don’t kill the art of off-spin or doosra. “Ajmal, who took 178 wickets in 35 tests, 184 ODI wickets and 85 in T20 internationals has not played for Pakistan since April this year.