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England pace bowler Stuart Broad is set to receive a stern warning from England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke after he questioned Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal’s bowling action via his Twitter account.
It is still unclear whether Broad, who is also England’s Twenty20 captain, will be reprimanded after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wrote a letter to the ECB about Ajmal’s infuriation towards his comments.
The whole incident started when former England captain Michael Vaughan posted a picture of Ajmal bowling during Worcestershire’s match against Essex on Twitter.
Vaughan then tweeted: “You are allowed 15 degrees of flex in your delivery swing…. #justsaying.”
Broad responded with: “This has to be a fake photo?!” before going on to say “bowlers can bowl very differently in a lab while being tested compared to needing wickets in the middle.”
Speaking about Broad’s comments in an exclusive interview with pakpassion.net, Ajmal said: “Broad’s dig hurt me the most. Former players will sit in the commentary box or wherever else and say some things for attention but you don’t expect such things from a fellow professional cricketer who is still playing cricket. It was disappointing to read Broad’s comments.”
Ajmal’s agent, Umran Khan, was pleased that Clarke would be taking action against Broad.
“We are grateful for Mr Clarke’s understanding,” Khan said. “The position of England captain comes with a responsibility and we hope Stuart Broad will bear this in mind when making comments than can be damaging and hurtful in the future.”