Dubai, Sep 9: The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that an independent analysis has found the bowling action of Pakistan's off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to be illegal and, as such, the player has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.
The analysis revealed that all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations, ICC said in a media release on Tuesday. (His reaction here)
This is a huge blow to Pakistan ahead of their Test, ODI and T20I series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates next month. The tour begins with a T20I on October 5 in Dubai.
Ajmal, who was reported after the first Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle last month, can apply a re-assessment after he has modified his bowling action in accordance with clause 2.4 of the Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions, ICC said.
The analysis was performed on 25 August by the ICC's accredited team of Human Movement Specialists using the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.
The 36-year-old Ajmal has played 35 Tests, 111 ODIs and 63 T20Is for Pakistan. He has taken 178 Test, 183 ODI and 85 T20I wickets.
In the recent past, umpires have come down heavily on illegal bowling actions. Offspinners Sachithra Senanayake (Sri Lanka), Kane Williamson (New Zealand) and Prosper Utseya (Zimbabwe) were also reported for suspected bowling actions.