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Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal left Colombo on Sunday morning and travelled to Brisbane after he was reported for having a suspicious bowling action.
Ajmal will undergo testing at Australia’s National Cricket Centre, which recently became an International Cricket Council (ICC) accredited facility. But, until the results of the tests are released, Ajmal will be allowed to carry on bowling.
As a result of the tests, Ajmal missed the first ODI against Sri Lanka on August 23 in Hambantota and could potentially miss the second match as well, which is scheduled to take place in Hambantota on August 26.
“There is a possibility that he [Ajmal] may join the team on August 26,” a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesperson told ESPNcricinfo. “Although his test is scheduled for August 25 in the laboratory, it depends on how much time he requires there. If the process is completed in one day then he will take an immediate flight to Sri Lanka to join the team.”
Ajmal’s bowling action was reported by the on-field umpires and the match referee following the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Galle, which the hosts won by seven wickets.
According to reports, the ICC said that approximately 30 to 35 of Ajmal’s deliveries will be tested.
Pakistan will be hoping to have Ajmal back as soon as possible since he has been an integral member of the side across all three formats for numerous years. However, he was slightly disappointing during the recent two-Test series, which Pakistan lost 2-0, as he only managed to take nine wickets at an average of 40.11.
This is the second time that Ajmal has been reported for having a suspicious bowling action. The first came in April 2009 when his doosra came under intense scrutiny, but he was cleared the following month. However, Ajmal will have a lot more to worry about this time around as a lot more of his deliveries will be closely examined.