PCB suspend Ajmal’s contract

"I am disappointed what Saeed said recently"

“I am disappointed what Saeed said recently”

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have suspended spinner Saeed Ajmal’s contract following his outburst about the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Ajmal, who currently has a category B contract, recently accused the ICC of targeting off-spinners in regards to suspect actions and added that players from certain countries are more susceptible to be reported.

“Why just target the off-spinners?”Ajmal had asked in interviews with Zainab Abbas on Dunya News and with Geo Super. “Why not the left-arm spinners, legspinners or fast bowlers?

“I can tell you that I have been through this bowling assessment process so many times and have watched and studied this issue so closely that I can vouch that if tests were carried out, there would be many other bowlers whose bowling actions would exceed the 15 degrees extension limit.”

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan admitted that he was not impressed with Ajmal’s remarks and added that he has told the veteran spinner to provide an explanation on his comments.

“I am disappointed what Saeed said recently and we have taken a minimum action against him by suspending [his contract] and held his monthly retainer,” Khan said. “We have also asked him to write to us about why he talked like that. We have always supported him, helped him throughout in his tough time and even hired Saqlain Mushtaq to work on his action.”

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