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Cricket Saeed Ajmal withdraws from Pakistan squad

Saeed Ajmal has withdrawn from the Pakistan squad for the ICC World Cup after failing to make sufficient changes to his bowling action.

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Ajmal's banned action was first reported following Pakistan's Test against Sri Lanka in Galle in August, with the 37-year-old subjected to testing by the International Cricket Council's (ICC) accredited team of human movement specialists at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.

However, the off-spinner has been unable to pick up his new technique in time to feature at the tournament that starts in Australia in February.

"Ajmal withdrew himself," Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan told reporters. "We didn't want to take a risk with Ajmal's career because latest reports suggested his elbow extension was not still within the 15 degrees allowed by the ICC despite all the remedial work on his action.

"We were aware that if he took the official ICC test in a bid to make the World Cup squad and failed it he could be suspended from playing for one to two years, and that would mean the end of his career."

Mohammad Hafeez, whose action is also banned, is set to undergo an unofficial test in Chennai next week.

Elsewhere in the squad, Misbah-ul-Haq is said to be making a speedy recovery from his hamstring injury, while Junaid Khan (knee) and Sohaib Maqsood (wrist) are also on the road to fitness.

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