ISLAMABAD (AP) – Pakistan named suspended offspinner Saeed Ajmal in its preliminary squad of 30 players for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Ajmal was suspended in September for an illegal bowling action and has been undergoing rehabilitation under former test offspinner Saqlain Mushtaq at the National Cricket Academy.
The Pakistan Cricket Board Ajmal showed significant improvement on his bowling action during testing at the Lougborough University in England, but his elbow extension is still above the allowed 15 degrees limit.
Fit-again fast bowler Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz were also included in the list of probables which will be trimmed down to a final 15 by Jan 7.
“The most positive aspect is that some of our foremost proven talents have overcome physical issues and are raring to be given an opportunity,” chief selector Moina Khan said in a statement.