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Pakistan have been dealt a major blow after spinner Saeed Ajmal was banned from bowling since his action was found to be illegal.
Ajmal is now unlikely to play in the upcoming series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates.
Ajmal was reported for having a suspicious bowling action during the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle last month.
Ajmal had his action tested at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane by an International Cricket Council (ICC) accredited team of bio-mechanics experts.
“An independent analysis has found the bowling action of Pakistan’s offspinner Saeed Ajmal to be illegal and, as such, the player has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect,” the ICC said. “The analysis revealed that all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.”
Ajmal is currently the top-ranked bowler on the ICC ODI rankings and is also in fourth place on the ICC T20 Bowlers rankings.
This is the second time Ajmal has been reported for having a suspicious bowling action. The first came in April 2009 when he had been reported about his doosra. However, he was cleared the following month after undergoing tests.