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Ajmal not bothered about questions over his action

cricket Updated: Aug 25, 2011 11:43 IST
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Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal is not concerned at some former Test players and commentators raising questions over his bowling action, saying his action has been cleared by the ICC.

"They can say what they want but the ICC has cleared our actions and of course umpires and referees are there too. It's within the rules," Ajmal, who has taken 50 Test, 62 ODI and 43 T20 international wickets, said.

The off-spinner also backed his colleague Mohammed Hafeez, Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh and Protea bowler Johan Botha, whose action has been questioned by retired Australian umpire Darrell Hair in his book 'In The Best Interest of The Game'.

"He (Hafeez) bowls a very good delivery that goes straight on and batsmen find hard to read. Commentators can say all they want, but all those who have been cleared by the ICC are still bowling.

"Harbhajan and Botha have had their actions queries in the past and are still bowling. I really don't know why they keep targeting us," Ajmal told PakPassion.net.

Ajmal also spoke at length about his duel with Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar in the 2011 World Cup semi-final at Mohali admitting he was surprised at how the world class player struggled against his Doosra delivery.

"Tendulkar is a world class player and going up against him was a challenge. That was the first time we came up against one another. He was having a really hard time picking my doosra," he said.