Pakistan Bowling is Finished Without Saeed Ajmal: Rashid Latif

Rashid Latif doubts whether there was enough time for Saeed Ajmal to rework on his bowling action, be tested again and cleared by the ICC before the World Cup that starts on February 14.

updated: September 09, 2014 16:38 IST
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A file pic of Saeed Ajmal bowling in a Test match.

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Melbourne: The ban imposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on spinner Saeed Ajmal for illegal bowling action is a deadly blow to Pakistan's 'threatening bowling' unit, feels former skipper Rashid Latif. (Ajmal Suspended)

Latif said on Tuesday that the ban was a major setback for the Pakistan team, which lacks quality spin options ahead of the impending tour of Australia in October and the crucial Cricket World Cup which is just five months away.

"The sad part is that we haven't tried any other specialist off-spinner in international matches and now our World Cup plans are severely dented. Pakistan bowling is finished without Ajmal. I had doubts for the last few months ... because the way he bowls it's hard to get away with in Test matches," Latif was quoted as saying by the Cricket Australia (CA) website.

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