The ICC made the right decision to ban Ajmal, says Ryan Harris

"There are rules there for a reason and it seems the ICC have now drawn a line in the sand"

“There are rules there for a reason and it seems the ICC have now drawn a line in the sand”

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Australia pace bowler Ryan Harris has applauded the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to ban Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal after his bowling action was found to be illegal.

Ajmal was reported for having a suspicious bowling action during the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

The results of the biomechanical test showed that all of Ajmal’s deliveries exceeded the 15-degree limit imposed by the ICC.

“You’ve got to crack down on it,” he said. “I’d like to throw them, but I can’t. There are rules there for a reason and it seems the ICC have now drawn a line in the sand.”

When asked if young Australian spinners should be encouraged to bowl unorthodox deliveries like the doosra, Harris said: “This is a good question and one that has been discussed at coaching forums I have been in. I don’t think you can teach the doosra. But if you see a spinner that is different you probably don’t try to change them. But, again, you have got to have a legal bend of the arm.”

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