Saeed Ajmal slams ICC for biasness in suspected bowling action crackdown
Pakistani spinner Saeed Ajmal has lashed out his anger on International Cricket Council over the biased criterion set for the suspected bowling action. The 38 year old bowler who got banned for his illegal bowling action has also showed his concern over the apex council’s apparatus used for the ascertainment of the legality of the suspected bowling action of certain spinners.
In an interview with Pakpassion.net the former ranked no. 1 bowler claimed that ICC has shown biasness towards the bowlers of certain countries as soon as the suspected bowling action crackdown started. Saeed Ajmal was also banned from bowling back in 2014 when his action got reported forcing him to come up with a remodeled bowling action later on which never proved to be effective.
“There are several bowlers out there whose actions are not clean but they never get reported. I cannot name them of course but it’s obvious who I am referring to. I have video proof that the bowling actions of some bowlers are not legal but they have never been reported.” Ajaml asserted.
“What hurts me is that I was suddenly banned after seven years of playing international cricket and no consideration was given for my unusual action due to an accident I was involved in.“
Saeed Ajmal was one of the most successful spin bowlers in the world Pakistan cricket team ever had. Equally effective in all three formats of the game the player has been showing some record breaking performances before getting banned by ICC for his illegal action. The bowler further added that the apparatus used by ICC for the ascertainment of whether a bowler’s action is clean or not is also malfunctioning besides players from some specific countries being targeted specifically.
“I feel that as a Pakistani I am scrutinized more than bowlers from other countries. Everyone can see that some bowlers are getting away with their actions. But, others are monitored closely and banned. It seems to me that the actions of bowlers from Pakistan and Bangladesh are watched more closely than other countries by the ICC.”
“Careers are at stake here and these things need to be tested thoroughly before bowlers are banned. Can the ICC say that their testing procedures are absolutely accurate? No, they cannot. Therefore, the careers of bowlers are being jeopardized by equipment that is not totally accurate.”