Pakistan’s top off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is set to miss the 1st two ODIs against Sri Lanka as he has to fly to Brisbane to undergo tests on his bowling action. Saeed Ajmal, 36, will head to Brisbane from Colombo on August 23 with his test planned the next day.
The 2nd ODI is scheduled for August 25, and if the tests take longer he will miss the 2nd game as well, a PCB official told PTI. Dr Sohail Saleem, who heads the PCB medical board will go with Saeed Ajmal to Brisbane. In the past, Pakistani bowlers reported for suspected bowling actions have undergone tests at the University of Western Australia in Perth and the most were cleared, including Saeed Ajmal who was 1st reported for his bowling action in 2009.
This time the ICC has changed its methods for testing bowling actions reported by umpires and match referees so the tests are going to be held in Brisbane, the official said. Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan`s main bowler in recent times along with 178 wickets in 35 Tests and 182 ODI and 85 T20 wickets, was reported after the initial Test against Sri Lanka at Galle earlier this month.