Ajmal’s stock delivery, off-spinner and faster ball found to be legal

"I would like to request the ICC to give him a benefit of the doubt as his chronic injuries have forced him to bowl [differently]"

“I would like to request the ICC to give him a benefit of the doubt as his chronic injuries have forced him to bowl [differently]”

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After having his action unofficially tested at Loughborough University for a second time, it has been revealed that Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal’s stock delivery, off-spinner and faster ball are all legal.

However, Pakistan’s National Cricket Academy head coach Mohammad Akram told ESPNcricinfo that Ajmal is still flexing his elbow over the 15-degree limit when bowling the doosra.

As a result of this, it is likely that Ajmal will continue rectifying his action with former spinner Saqlain Mushtaq at his academy in Leicestershire.

It has also been announced that Ajmal will have his action unofficially tested for a third time in the near future. If all his deliveries are found to be legal, he will return to Pakistan to start playing domestic cricket.

“He worked so hard to reduce the flex,” Akram told ESPNcricinfo. “The latest test in the biomechanics lab on Monday revealed that he has started bowling within the ICC’s 15-degree limit. His conventional off-spin and faster deliveries are very well bowled within the limit now, that’s the good news.

“There is no doubt that he is a true fighter. He, despite his medical history, has achieved a significant result in reducing the flex in his elbow.

“But at the same time I would like to request the ICC to give him a benefit of the doubt as his chronic injuries have forced him to bowl [differently], with the wrist collapsing and shoulder dislocating. This is something which is exceptional in his case.”

However, Akram questioned whether the biomechanical tests were accurate since “some of the very clean-looking actions” have been found to be illegal.

“It very hard to clear tests under the ICC’s new protocols, with 3D software,” he said. “Some of the very clean-looking actions via the naked eye can be questioned. There should be a benefit of doubt in testing protocol, and consideration for the exceptional cases.

“But the PCB has been working extensively to weed out the illegal bowling actions from the domestic circuit. We have already cracked down on all bowlers with suspect action and are presently working with them on their actions. We always stand with the ICC and support the no-tolerance approach in dealing with suspected illegal bowling actions.”

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