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The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) senior general manager of medical and sports sciences, Dr Sohail Saleem, has revealed that spinner Saeed Ajmal has been working very hard to rectify his illegal bowling action.
Ajmal was banned from bowling by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after he was found to be flexing his elbow nearly three times over the 15-degree limit.
“There is a definite improvement in Saeed’s bowling action as the team of experts, led by Saqlain Mushtaq, is working in two sessions with him every day,” Saleem said. “Saqlain’s presence and advice has helped Saeed a lot and the target is to make him ready for a bowling action test before the World Cup.”
Saleem also noted that Mushtaq has currently been working on changing Ajmal’s bowling action while he bowls off-spin. It is understood that Mushtaq will then work on Ajmal’s action when he bowls the doosra.
“Now Saqlain has been getting him back to basics and has first worked on his action while bowling orthodox off-breaks and will then move onto his action when bowling the doosra,” Saleem said.
Meanwhile, Haroon Rasheed, who is the PCB’s director of game development, announced that work has started on rebuilding a biomechanics lab at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.
“Bowlers with suspect actions have been a problem in domestic cricket for a while now, but now the board has decided to deal with his issue very seriously which is why setting up of the biomechanics lab is a top priority now,” he said.