Saeed Ajmal has been reported for the second time in his career over his bowling action, say The Guardian.
The Pakistani spinner, who annihilated England in 2012 and has long been regarded as one of the best bowlers in the world, has been reported by match officials during his country’s first test loss to Sri Lanka in Galle.
Ajmal was previously reported by officials in 2009 after two ODIs against Australia in Dubai, but after extensive testing his action was deemed legal.
Of the three match officials refereeing the match, two of them were English - Ian Gould and Richard Illingworth. Gould has recently been involved in a story similar to this one and is no stranger to making bold decisions.
Last May during a one-day series between England and Sri Lanka, the 56-year-old was one of the umpires when Sachithra Senanayake was reported for a suspected illegal action. However this latest debacle is whole different ball game due to the spinner’s overall standings in the game and what he has achieved.
Ajmal, now a veteran of the game at 36-years-of-age, is the second best spinner in the world game at the moment behind Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath. He also lies eighth in the official world Test Bowling rankings.
He has taken 174 wickets in just 34 tests and would also be an integral part of Pakistan’s World Cup campaign in Australia and New Zealand next year.
He could be to blame for Moeen Ali’s recent success for England, as Ajmal played county cricket alongside the England spinner for Worcestershire this year and in 2011. Ali has outwardly praised his spinning colleague for helping him develop a doosra delivery.
Just like in 2009, the Pakistani will now undergo intense testing from the ICC within the next 21 days but he can still play in the second test starting in Colombo on Thursday.
Ajmal nonchalantly ignored the criticism of his bowling action, and said: "I am just concentrating on my bowling and it is basically up to the umpires and referees to say if there is a problem with my action."