Ajmal’s action should have been reported while he was playing for Worcestershire, says Paul Grayson

"I've no doubt that if Worcestershire didn't have Ajmal, we would have gone up this year"

“I’ve no doubt that if Worcestershire didn’t have Ajmal, we would have gone up this year”

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Essex head coach Paul Grayson believes that Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal’s bowling action should have been reported during his stint with Worcestershire during the recently concluded county season.

Grayson also questioned why none of the county umpires decided to take action against Ajmal.

In the nine County Championship matches he played, Ajmal took 63 wickets at an incredible average of 16.47 to hand Worcestershire five wins and four draws. In fact, Ajmal was one of the main reasons why Worcestershire were able to get promoted to Division One of the County Championship.

“I wish one of our English umpires had the bravery to call him early season,” Grayson told BBC Essex. “He’s been called for chucking; it’s illegal.

“Speaking to a lot of umpires on the circuit, they all talk about him chucking it, but whether they had that support from the ECB; I’m not sure why they weren’t prepared to call him.

“I’ve no doubt that if Worcestershire didn’t have Ajmal, we would have gone up this year.¬†They’ve struggled in the second half of the season when he was supposed to be away with Pakistan.

“I don’t want to sound like we’re being bitter, but I do believe we should have gone up this year.”

However, Worcestershire’s director of cricket, Steve Rhodes, has announced that the club will welcome Ajmal back with open arms once his action is deemed legal by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

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