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ICC gives tentative date of Jan 24 for Ajmal's bowling action test

Karachi: International Cricket Council (ICC) has tentatively given the date of January 24 for an official biomechanics test of banned Saeed Ajmal’s bowling action in Chennai.

“(Pakistan Cricket Board) PCB approached ICC to have an official test of Saeed Ajmal. ICC has now given us the date of January 24 but it is tentative and we are yet to receive confirmation from ICC,” PCB spokesman told arysports.tv.

He confirmed that Saeed Ajmal wanted to have the test conducted in England but ICC nominated Chennai the venue for the test.

“Actually ICC nominates the lab and it is not up to the board or a player to decide the venue,” he explained.

Former PCB chief Zaka Ashraf had earlier said that PCB did a big blunder by sending Mohammad Hafeez to Chennai to have his bowling action tested unofficially.

“India and England boards don’t have any regard for Pakistan and I warned the board not to send Hafeez to India. Instead he should have been sent to Australia. But they didn’t listened to me and now see what damage has been done to Pakistan cricket team when the World Cup is just around the corner,” Zaka was quoted as saying.

A player can take an ICC official test only one time in a year, which means if a bowler fails the test, he would not be able to bowl for at least 12 months in an international match. After that another test need to be taken if one want to have suspension removed.

According to media reports, Ajmal has shown confidence of clearing the test after apparently modifying his action within the limit set by ICC, which is 15 degrees.

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