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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, September 16, 2014
istan offspinner Saeed Ajmal is
hoping to compete in next year s
World Cup, after completing a
rehabilitation programme at the
National Cricket Academy.
Pakistan will be without Ajmal
in next month s series against Aus-
tralia in the United Arab Emirates
after he was suspended by the
International Cricket Council when
his elbow extension was tested
more than twice the allowable limit
of 15 degrees.
"I am sitting in front of you
without any tension," Ajmal said
yesterday in Lahore. "Whatever
happened it was disappointing for
me but now I am not disappointed
at all. I am eyeing staging a strong
comeback in the World Cup."
The Pakistan Cricket Board has
hired former test offspinner Saqlain
Mushtaq to assist Ajmal in remod-
elling his bowling action. Saqlain
is expected to join Ajmal at the
academy early next week.
"He (Saqlain) is a legend and
used to bowl exactly like me ...
doosra, off-spin and everything,"
Ajmal said. "He knows a lot and
had done enough coaching, hope-
fully I will get benefit from his
The selectors have also started
searching for a suitable replace-
ment of Ajmal for one-off Twen-
ty20, three One-Day internationals
and two test matches against Aus-
"We have lot of talent in our
country," Ajmal said. "I am sure
my replacement will perform bet-
ter than me."
According to ICC report, none
of the deliveries by Ajmal during
the eight overs of biomechanical
testing in Australia came close to
meeting the required regulations
of 15 degrees elbow extension.
The experts were satisfied with
Ajmal s replication of his suspected
deliveries from when he was
reported during the lost first test
against Sri Lanka in Galle last
month. He was previously reported
in 2009 for his doosra---a delivery
that spins away from right-handed
batsmen---before he was cleared.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will
seek to appoint a permanent head
coach by the end of the month,
in order to provide certainty
around the position ahead of Eng-
land s tour in November, the
board s chief executive Ashley de
Silva has said.
The team is set to play seven
ODIs against England from
November 26, as part of the build-
up to next year s World Cup. Sri
Lanka also have a full tour of New
Zealand in December and Janu-
"We have short-listed nine from
the 15 applications we received for
the post," de Silva said. "They will
be interviewed on Skype during
the course of this week by the
committee appointed to pick the
"We hope to finish the inter-
views by the end of the week and
prune the list down further before
inviting them to come to Sri Lanka
and make their representations,"
The 11-member committee that
will recommend the next coach
includes chief selector Sanath Jaya-
suriya, secretary Nishantha
Ranatunga and head of coaching
Former captain Marvan Atapattu
is the only Sri Lankan applicant
in the shortlist of nine. Atapattu
was interim head coach of Sri
Lanka for their last three Test series
against England, South Africa and
Pakistan and is understood to be
a frontrunner, along with Middle-
sex batting coach Mark Ram-
prakash. But Ramprakash had
played down his interest in the Sri
Lanka job, telling the Guardian: "I
was asked whether I would be
interested in the Sri Lanka coaching
position and I said, I m happy to
hear what the job entails. Since
that point---about seven weeks
ago---I ve not spoken to anyone
from Sri Lanka cricket."
He spoke positively about Sri
Lanka s set-up, though. "Having
toured there in January and Feb-
ruary with the Lions I m full of
admiration for the Sri Lanka set-
up and their passion and energy.
I thought their facilities were excel-
lent and they are desperate to keep
improving. Sri Lankans realise
there are great parts of the country
that have a lot of natural talent
they have not tapped into yet."
Sri Lanka have 14 ODIs and two
Tests scheduled in all, before they
play the World Cup curtain raiser
against New Zealand on February
14. The coach-recommendation
committee may also consider
appointing a short-term coach, to
take the team through to the end
of the World Cup only. (ESPN-
Kithuruwan Vithanage has been docked his full
match fee and been placed on probation for one year,
after he had left the team hotel overnight during the
recent Test in Galle against Pakistan, SLC has said.
A board inquiry confirmed details of his exit from
the team hotel at around 7 pm of the third day of the
Test, and his return at around 6.30 am the following
morning. Those details had originally been passed on
by the team manager.
"The executive committee received the recommen-
dations from the inquiry, and decided to give Vithanage
a suspended sentence of one year," SLC secretary Nis-
hantha Ranatunga said.
The "suspended sentence" effectively means that
Vithanage would likely be punished with a suspension
if he breaks team protocol or breaches the terms of
Suspended Ajmal targets
World Cup for comeback
his contract again before September 15, 2015.
The incident had occurred the night before Vithanage
was due to bat in the Test, and was treated by captain
Angelo Mathews and coach Marvan Atapattu as a
serious breach. (ESPNcricinfo)
Vithanage placed on probation for a year
SLC hopes to appoint
head coach by month end
Marvan Atapattu...the only Sri
Lankan on SLC's shortlist.
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