Saeed Ajmal had accused Indian off-spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh of chucking © Getty Images
Saeed Ajmal had accused Indian off-spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh of chucking © Getty Images

New Delhi: Former Indian spinner Maninder Singh has described Saeed Ajmal as a ‘frustrated man’ after the out-of-favour Pakistan spinner had accused Indian off-spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh of chucking. “I really feel sad and sorry for Ajmal. It does feel sad when a cricketer goes down that way. But his action should have been corrected a long time ago because he was bending his arms 35 degrees,” Maninder told exclusively to ANI.”I don’t agree with the fact the ICC allows bowlers to bowl with 15 degree arm bend arm. I have always believed that the umpire on field should and always take that call. As far as Ajmal is concerned you can’t be allowed to bowl with 35 degrees. So it is total frustration that he is started taking other names,” added Maninder, who had played 35 Tests and 59 ODIs. LIVE SCORECARD: Pakistan vs England 2015  3rd Test match in UAE 

He also called both Ashwin and Harbhajan as clean as their bowling action bend below 15 degrees permissable level. According to the new rules introduced by the ICC in March 2005, bowlers are allowed to straighten their arms up to 15 degrees. Ajmal, who has claimed 178 Test and 184 ODI wickets, struggled to find a place in the national squad after being cleared to bowl again by the ICC. He had missed the World Cup due to an illegal action.

Maninder Singh’s past quotes: Former Indian spinner Maninder Singh who has been impressed by Pragyan Ojha’s performance in the first Test at Feroz Shah Kotla feels the left-arm spinner can repeat his feat of six-wicket haul of first innings again on third day. Maninder was quoted in Mid Day as saying, “He has got his plusses, despite limitations, and bowls a nagging line which makes life of batsmen difficult, especially on this sort of a wicket. A bowler like him will always be an advantage on these surfaces.” Former Indian spinner Maninder Singh feels spinners will have a good purchase on the Feroz Shah Kotla pitch owing to its slowness. “I won’t be surprised if he gets another six wickets in the second innings. The pitch will become slower and lower, so there will be more chances of leg-before decisions.

“Now, if he can keep the line he bowled in the first innings intact, he is bound to get success,” said the 35- Test man. The former Delhi spinner though was not impressed by the track and slammed authorities for the sluggish pitch. He said, “Are we heading anywhere by preparing this sort of tracks? It’s a shame that we are playing Test cricket on these surfaces. I am sure the Eden Gardens wicket will not be any better. “When we are looking for a potent bowling attack, we are and handing them these pitches where it’s not possible to judge a bowler — be it a seamer or a spinner.”