Banned Chuckers in Race Against Time for World Cup

Saeed Ajmal and Sachithra Senanayake have already remodeled their bowling action while the Bangladesh Cricket Board has promised all necessary help to Sohag Gazi. All three off-spinners were banned by the ICC for illegal bowling action.

updated: October 10, 2014 19:38 IST
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Ajmal has been seen bowling with a slightly side-on action at the NCA.

With the World Cup just four months away, Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal, Sri Lanka's Sachitra Senanayake and Bangladesh's Sohag Gazi, the three off-spinners banned from international cricket by the ICC over suspect action have gone into top gear in a bid to get back to their respective teams.

Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal and Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake have worked on new bowling actions after they were handed crushing blows by the world governing body. Ajmal has been working with Saqlain Mushtaq at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore to remodel his action.

According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Ajmal has been bowling with a bit of a side-on action, where he rolls his arm over without delivering the ball. Ajmal was banned last month after tests in Brisbane showed his action was illegal. Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan has already said the star off-spinner's return to the side for the World Cup would be an uphill task. But Ajmal has remained determined about staging a comeback for the showpiece event to be played in Australia and New Zealand from February next year.

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