LAHORE–August 11, 2014: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that off-spinner Saeed Ajmal was reported with “a suspected illegal bowling action” during Pakistan’s first Test match against Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium on Sunday.
Once such a report has been made, the ICC rules take over and the entire process is controlled and regulated by these rules.
The PCB has no choice but to wait for the outcome of the process before proceeding further in the matter.
It may be recalled here that Ajmal was previously cleared by the University of Western Australia in 2009.
The ICC process commenced after match officials’ [Bruce Oxenford and Ian Gould – (on-field umpires), Richard Illingworth (3rd umpire) and match referee Andy Pycroft] in their report “cited concerns over a number of deliveries that were considered to be suspect and concluded that the bowler’s action needed to be tested.”
The ICC Media Release denotes the entire process:
“Ajmal’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is required to undergo testing within 21 days, and, during this period, Ajmal is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.”
It may be recalled here that Ajmal was previously cleared by the University of Western Australia after he underwent similar testing in 2009.