World Cup 2015: Saeed Ajmal Pulls Out

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Banned Pakistani spinner Saeed Ajmal has withdrawn from the World Cup 2015 because he believes there is no way he can get his action cleared before the World Cup 2015.

Saeed Ajmal, 37, was named in Pakistan’s 30-man preliminary squad for the World Cup 2015. At that time, Ajmal was confident of correcting his action before the World Cup 2015, but now Ajmal has realized that he has no chance of getting his action cleared.

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Saeed Ajmal will continue remedial work on his action and play domestic cricket until he has satisfied himself he can take the ICC test. Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan told the reporters on Saturday that Saeed 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.

“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,” Shaharyar Khan said.

Saeed Ajmal is Pakistan’s leading wicket taker in all three formats in the last three years, and his absence will be a big blow for Pakistan.

By The Cricket Lounge