Saeed Ajmal reported to the ICC for suspect bowling action

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Saeed Ajmal, Worcestershire's overseas star, has been reported for a suspect bowling action whilst on duty with Pakistan in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, The Guardian reports.

The 36-year-old spin bowler was reported by match officials to the International Cricket Council after the first Test which Sri Lanka won convincingly by seven wickets.

Worcestershire impact

Ajmal, who left Worcestershire last month to link up with his international team-mates, has been a revelation at New Road this season. He departed having taken 63 Championship division two wickets for Worcs, the most in the Championship, and guiding them to the top of the table and almost certain promotion to division one.

During his spell at Worcester he has also been mentoring England spinner Moeen Ali, who has benefited greatly from his input and looks to be going from strength to strength this summer.

Ajmal is regarded as the eighth best bowler in the world at present, according to the latest rankings, and the second best spin bowler.

He has taken 174 wickets in just 34 Tests and will be a key part of Pakistan's World Cup squad in Australia and New Zealand next year. However, if found guilty, his participation in the World Cup could be put in jeopardy.

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Previous claims

This is not the first time that Ajmal has been under suspicion. He was also reported after two ODIs against Australia back in 2009 but was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Although Ajmal has been reported to the ICC he is still allowed to continue playing in international cricket until the results are known from any tests, which should be available within 21 days of him being reported. Ajmal should therefore be available for selection for the second Test against Sri Lanka which starts on Thursday.

Ajmal is a key player for Pakistan and will be hugely important in Sri Lanka in conditions which suit his bowling. He is also important for Pakistan moving forward so they will be keen to prove his innocence as they start preparing for the World Cup and beyond.

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