Bummer for Pakistan as Saeed Ajmal Withdraws from World Cup 2015

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Sunday, December 28th, 2014 | 0

Pakistan’s World Cup bid has suffered a huge setback after its premier spinner, Saeed Ajmal, announced his withdrawal from the coveted tournament Down Under to undergo further refinement for his ‘chucking’ action.

Ajmal, who had been included in Pakistan’s 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup, will need more time to rectify his action so as to compete on the biggest level once again.

According to Pakistan Cricket Board’s chairman, Shaharyar Khan, it was Ajmal’s personal decision to pull out of the World Cup.

“Ajmal withdrew himself. We didn’t want to take a risk with Ajmal’s career because latest reports suggested his elbow extension was not still within the 15 degrees allowed by the ICC despite all the remedial work on his action,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Khan as saying.

“We were aware that if he took the official ICC test in a bid to make the World Cup squad and failed it he could be suspended from playing for one to two years and that would mean the end of his career,” he added.

Subsequently, Ajmal will continue to work on his action under the guidance of the legendary Saqlain Mushtaq.

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