Sri Lanka unhappy with Saeed Ajmal's action
By Staff Writers | June 30, 2012
Sri Lanka have reportedly complained to match referee David Boon about Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal's bowling action during the first Test at Galle.
"If this is not brought under control now, where will it all end? Ajmal is getting away with blue murder and nobody’s taking any action," Sri Lanka's The Nation newspaper quoted an unnamed former Sri Lankan player as saying, while highlighting the displeasure in the Sri Lankan camp.
Ajmal, who is considered one of the best spinners in the game, has been previously cleared by the ICC for having a suspect action. The 34-year-old was the leading wicket taker in Test cricket last year.
However, several former and current players have reportedly complained that Ajmal throws the ball and exceeds the allowed 15 degree limit.
In February this year, Ajmal drew more controversy over his action when he told the BBC that the ICC had permitted him 23.5 degrees.
"I don't know about my bowling action but somebody was telling me your action is bad. ICC has allowed me 23.5 because my arm is not good because of an accident, that is why a problem," Ajmal said at the time.
Pakistan's cricket officials quickly dismissed Ajmal's remark as a misunderstanding and said Ajmal was referring to "elbow abduction" and not the extension of his elbow.
"Ajmal was referring to the angle of elbow abduction (i.e. the angle of the upper arm to the forearm) and not the degree of elbow extension. This angle is approximately 23 degrees in Ajmal's case," the Pakistan board said.
In 2009, Ajmal was reported for a suspect action during a series against Australia. The ICC's experts on the issue helped clear the spinner by recommending remedial action after testing him.
"There is no dispensation for anyone," the ICC said earlier this year, denying that the international governing body of cricket was being lenient when it came to Ajmal.
This is said to be the second occasion Sri Lanka have expressed their displeasure to the match referee over Ajmal's action.
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