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ICC suspends Saeed Ajmal, declares his bowling action illegal
Pakistan's prolific spinner, Saeed Ajmal has been suspended by the International Cricket Council after the cricket body ruled his bowling action illegal. This decision must come as a huge blow to the Pakistan team, as he is their premier bowler in their line-up. The bowler would not be able to bowl for Pakistan in any international matches, until he modifies his action.

It was only last month that the bowler was reported by match officials for his bowling action while playing against Pakistan in Galle. The bowler might have considered himself lucky enough when he was reported for the same in 2009 during a ODI match against Australia, but after the spinner conducted some tests, he was cleared.

The official statement on the ICC website read, ''The International Cricket Council today confirmed that an independent analysis has found the bowling action of Pakistan's off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to be illegal and, as such, the player has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect. The analysis revealed that all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.''

The analysis was performed on 25 August by the ICC's accredited team of Human Movement Specialists using the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane. However, the bowler can apply for re-assesment after he modifies his action, which might take some time, as it is not something that can happen overnight.

Of late, Saeed Ajmal becomes the third bowler to receive such bans for illegal action ban. New Zealand's Kane Williamson and Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake were suspended in July for the same reason.

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