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Ajmal rules out World Cup return

December 28, 2014 10:37:57 UK

Veteran Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will definitely miss the World Cup next year as he continues work to remodel his bowling action.

The 37-year-old had hoped to make a return to the game in time to feature in Australia and New Zealand, but has now given up hope of being ready for the global event.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan confirmed: “Ajmal withdrew himself.

“We didn’t want to take a risk with Ajmal’s career, because latest reports suggested his elbow extension was not still within the 15 degrees allowed by the ICC despite all the remedial work on his action.

“We were aware that if he took the official ICC test in a bid to make the World Cup squad and failed it, he could be suspended from playing for one to two years and that would mean the end of his career.”

Ajmal was expected to be a key figure for Pakistan at the World Cup, having taken 183 wickets in 111 one-day international appearances to date, at a superb average of 22.18.

Without Ajmal, Pakistan face a tough test to reach the knockout stages of the tournament, having been drawn with India, South Africa, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland, and the United Arab Emirates in Pool B.

Pakistan are 11.00 to win the World Cup, with holders India 5.50 and England 11.00.

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Ajmal rules out World Cup return

December 28, 2014 10:37:57 UK

Veteran Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will definitely miss the World Cup next year as he continues work to remodel his bowling action.

The 37-year-old had hoped to make a return to the game in time to feature in Australia and New Zealand, but has now given up hope of being ready for the global event.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan confirmed: “Ajmal withdrew himself.

“We didn’t want to take a risk with Ajmal’s career, because latest reports suggested his elbow extension was not still within the 15 degrees allowed by the ICC despite all the remedial work on his action.

“We were aware that if he took the official ICC test in a bid to make the World Cup squad and failed it, he could be suspended from playing for one to two years and that would mean the end of his career.”

Ajmal was expected to be a key figure for Pakistan at the World Cup, having taken 183 wickets in 111 one-day international appearances to date, at a superb average of 22.18.

Without Ajmal, Pakistan face a tough test to reach the knockout stages of the tournament, having been drawn with India, South Africa, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland, and the United Arab Emirates in Pool B.

Pakistan are 11.00 to win the World Cup, with holders India 5.50 and England 11.00.

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