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Saeed Ajmal expresses hope for clearing bowling action test

CHENNAI: Pakistan bowler Saeed Ajmal has expressed hope that his doosra is within the legal limit now and is hopeful of being cleared to bowl again in international cricket.

Ajmal, underwent official ICC retesting on his remodeled bowling action in Chennai on January 24.

“I felt those who tested me were happy with my action,” Ajmal told Indian newspaper the Hindu. “I am hopeful, but ultimately the decision rests with them.”

The goal had been to get all his deliveries, including the doosra, cleared, Ajmal said, because he wanted to play a leading role for Pakistan. “I want to be a frontline bowler, the No.1 bowler in the side. I don’t want to make up numbers. I would rather retire than do that.

“If I had just wanted to bowl the offspinner, I could have got my action cleared in two weeks. But I want to retain my variety. I think my doosra is within permissible limits now.”

Ajmal said he had bowled 30 deliveries at the testing facility in Chennai. “I bowled five different kinds of balls six times each. I bowled the doosra, the carrom ball, the offspinner, seam-up and the quicker one.

“If they are not happy with my doosra, then I feel I can still bowl effectively with my offspinner and other deliveries.”

Ajmal said he had made several changes to his action in order to reduce the flex. “Previously my arm used to come from behind my body. Now it is coming from the side. My front foot used to be in the air at delivery stride. Now it is on the ground. Earlier, I looked upwards while releasing the ball. Now I look at the batsman with a straight head. My action was chest-on before. Now it is more side-on and I am pivoting a little.”

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