Ajmal to undergo biomechanic test in Aus for suspect bowling
Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's participation in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup will depend on the outcome of his biomechanical tests in Australia under the supervision of noted biomechanic expert Dr Bruce Elliot, a Cricket Board official said on Friday.cricket Updated: May 08, 2009 16:12 IST
Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's participation in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup will depend on the outcome of his biomechanical tests in Australia under the supervision of noted biomechanic expert Dr Bruce Elliot, a Cricket Board official said on Friday.
The official disclosed the Board had already applied for a visa for Ajmal to the Australian High Commission as they want him to undergo tests under Elliot's supervision as soon as the team returns from Dubai.
"Hopefully his travel documents would be complete and he can leave for Australia by early next week," the official said.
He made it clear that 33-year-old Ajmal's participation in the World Cup in England would depend on the outcome of his tests as now the ICC bowling action review committee has to look at the reports and clear him to play international cricket.
Ajmal's bowling action particularly when he bowled the "doosra" was reported by match officials after the second one-day international against Australia in Dubai last month.
But under the ICC rules governing suspect bowling actions, he can continue to play for a maximum of 21-days until his biomechanic tests are conducted and reports submitted to the ICC bowling action review committee.
If Ajmal is found to be transgressing the 15 degrees elbow bend allowed by the ICC in the these tests then he has to undergo remedial measures on his bowling action before he can play domestic or international cricket again.
But Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam told Geo News that if his bowling action was not cleared Ajmal would be replaced by a reserve player named for the tournament starting from June 5.
Pakistan team management and selectors have shown a lot of faith and confidence in Ajmal's bowling and he is being strongly supported by his coach who called the ICC's bowling action review process inconsistent.
Ajmal was also fined 10 per cent of his match fees by the team manager for making a statement after learning about the match officials reporting his action to the match referee and ICC.
The Pakistan team will be playing target practice T20 matches in Karachi and then in the national T20 Championship in Lahore this month before they fly off to England for the World Cup.