Intikhab Alam criticizes ICC over Ajmal’s illegal bowling action issue

April 27th, 2009 - 2:22 pm ICT by ANI  

Harbhajan Singh Abu Dhabi, Apr.27 (ANI): Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam has criticised the International Cricket Council (ICC) for its inconsistency after off-spinner Saeed Ajmal was reported for illegal bowling action after Wednesday’s match against Australia.

“I think they (ICC) are lacking consistency in this process. He bowled exceptionally well and suddenly they decided that he has a problem with his action,” Alam said.

He said Ajmal’s action was no different from India’s Harbhajan Singh or Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan, as he also bowls the ‘doosra’, the delivery which turns away from batsman, similar to these two spinners.

“Murali bowls such a delivery and he was cleared, Harbhajan was cleared and there is no difference between these two and Ajmal. I don’t agree that Ajmal bowls s different doosra, there is only one kind of doosra,” The News quoted Alam, as saying.

He said Ajmal would continue to play until a final decision on him is taken by the ICC.

“They can’t decide with the naked eye about an action, you need to see the footage, so after watching the footage we will see what happens, but we will continue to play him,” Alam said.

On-filed umpires Billy Bowden and Asad Rauf along with television umpire Zameer Haider had reported about Ajmal’s suspicious action after the second one-day international match against Australia in Dubai. (ANI)

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