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Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has decided not to represent the Faisalabad Wolves in this year’s National Twenty20 tournament since he wants to spend time rectifying his illegal bowling action.
Ajmal was banned from bowling by the International Cricket Council (ICC) earlier this week after all his deliveries were found to be over the 15-degree limit.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are also in talks with former spinner Saqlain Mushtaq to help Ajmal out with his action.
“He is going to engage in a rehabilitation program starting from Monday,” a PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. “Although there is no bar on him playing domestic cricket, his name has been withdrawn from the side as he is going to undergo remedial work on his bowling action with the help of Saqlain Mushtaq, who is expected to join on September 22.”
According to reports, Ajmal has been asked to go to the National Cricket Academy in Lahore on Monday since a five-member Illegal Bowling Action Committee has already begun planning a rehabilitation programme for the 36-year-old.
When he was reported, Ajmal had to travel all the way to Australia’s National Cricket Centre in Brisbane. As a result, the PCB are highly likely to resume building their own biomechanical lab so that players can get their actions tested there. It is understood that the board spent Rs 44 million ($460,000) on biomechanical equipment in 2007 before the project was abandoned.