ISLAMABAD/Faisalabad - Pakistan off spinner Saeed Ajmal says he would prefer England over India to undergo an informal bowling test on his corrected action in a bid to revive his international career.
Ajmal said: "I will be going for the informal test later this month and it will not be to the bowling centre in Chennai. I prefer to take the test in England."
Ajmal, who has been suspended from bowling in international cricket since September, said that he was confident of clearing the test this time. "When I took the informal test last time there was improvement in my bowling action and having worked further on it, I am confident this time I will get positive results and all my deliveries should be within the 15 degrees limit allowed by ICC to bowlers for straightening their arm," he said.
Ajmal also made it clear to his critics, who were questioning his ability to be as effective as before with his modified bowling action, that he had a lot of surprises in store for them. "I have worked on several new deliveries and trajectories in my new action and they are all wicket taking deliveries. So I am not worried about my ability to be as effective as before. Right now my concern is my modified action is within the ICC limit," he stated.
Ajmal, who has withdrawn himself from the World Cup, said that he had developed new deliveries while working on his action. "Obviously, after modifying my action I have accordingly worked on perfecting other deliveries so it is not that I am just dependent on the 'Doosra' now which has caused my action the most problem," he said.
Ajmal also felt that with the crackdown on bowlers by the ICC in recent months the World Cup would be dominated by the pace bowlers. "Some key spinners will be missing while even those playing now have pressure on their minds while bowling. So overall I think while spinners will play a role in the World Cup but the pacemen should dominate."
Ajmal said he was disappointed at missing the World Cup as when he toured Australia before he had enjoyed bowling on the pitches there as they had extra bounce. "The bounce in Australia is always good for offspin bowlers like me as there are greater chances of getting the batsmen to edge or miscue a shot," he added.
Meanwhile, Ajmal was forced to shut down his cricket academy in Faisalabad after security reports suggested it may be attacked. “The top government officials have revealed that Punjab government advised to close down the academy on a temporary basis. It is a precautionary measure because there were reports that it may be attacked,” Ajmal said.
"The government is trying to give us a proper security plan for the academy and till that I couldn’t put lives of my students at risk.” More than 200 boys and girls use the facility at no cost.
The country is currently on high alert, with the government increasing security of sensitive buildings and educational institutions following the terrorist attack in Peshawar led to the deaths of more than 140 people, mostly children.