Ajmal's action: Akram hits out at British media

Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 12:05 [IST]
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Akram lashes out at Ajmal's critics

Adelaide, Jan 24: Pace-bowling legend Wasim Akram is exasperated with the way British press has been harping about the bowling action of Pakistans off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and termed as "stale" the pressure tactics of the home media.

Ajmal took a 10-wicket haul in the Pakistans impressive 10-wicket win over world number one Test team England in the Dubai Test.

"Instead of praising him (Saeed Ajmal) for he is someone special, instead of admitting their team didnt do well and Pakistan played better cricket, they are after him," said Akram whos commentating on the final Test between India and Australia here.

"Its not funny anymore, its boring, stale and old."

Former England players raised a question-mark about Ajmals bowling action after the stunning defeat and the British media hasnt stopped carping on it since then.

"Whenever they lose, they talk negative. Its the English batsmen who played bad shots, sweeping across the line to off-spinner. Its no rocket science that you cant play across the line. But probably they dont know. Its the job of umpires and ICC, not British media."

"The permissible limit is 15 degrees and hes been tested and tried for bowling well below it. Hes been around for 7-8 years. Why suddenly pick on him?" said an agitated Akram.

"I have been reading for the last 3-4 days in British media. We all know what goes through media usually goes through players. Ajmal doesnt turn the ball. Hes just quicker. On a placid track, where there was no swing, no spin, no reverse swing, just lust green outfield, he got them playing across the line."

Akram sees a trend through all this noise. He believes England has a habit of picking holes through opposition whenever their team doesnt do well.

"The noise now is because it has happened against the mighty England, the number one Test team of the world. On the tour of 1992, we got them out in every game. Then they accused us of ball-tampering. Then I got a seven in the very next game. We then played county cricket and taught every bowler for 10 years how to reverse swing the ball."

"Instead of saying their team didnt do well and Pakistan played better cricket, they are targeting a special talent. Why it always happens against a sub-continent team."

Akram doesnt feel it would affect Pakistan in the remaining two Tests and might just backfire on the England team.

"I dont think it would affect them. Indeed, it would create a positive impact on them. It would motivate them. Instead of being on the back-foot, it would help their cause."

Pakistan has shown an upward graph in recent times and has done particularly well under the leadership of Misbah-ul-Haq, winning seven of their last 13 Tests.

"Misbah is doing a great job as a skipper. Pakistan"s confidence is sky high. Its a good sign," Akram said.


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