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Ajmal sent to Australia for review of action

The spinner, whose bowling action was reported after the second one-day international against Australia in Dubai on April 28, will undergo a scrutiny of his bowling by Dr Bruce Elliot.

cricket Updated: May 12, 2009 12:27 IST

Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been sent to Australia for a review of his bowling action under the supervision of biomechanic experts.

The spinner, whose bowling action was reported after the second one-day international against Australia in Dubai on April 28, will undergo a scrutiny of his bowling by Dr Bruce Elliot.

Elliot has worked in the past with other Pakistani bowlers with bowling action problems including Shoaib Akhtar, Shabbir Ahmed and Shoaib Malik.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has made it clear that although Ajmal has been picked in the squad for the ICC Twenty20 World Cup, a reserve player would replace him if Elliot does not clear his bowling action.

"Basically, his chances for the World Cup depends on what report the biomechanic experts give to us after the tests in Perth," one board official said.

Ajmal was reported for his action while bowling the 'Doosra' delivery, which had the Australians in a spin in the first two matches.

If the biomechanic tests prove inconclusive, Ajmal cannot play until the ICC Bowling Action Review Committee clears his bowling action.