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Saeed Ajmal returns to cricket with Pakistan A

Suspended Saeed Ajmal returned to cricket on Friday having worked to alter his banned bowling action.

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The off-spinner played for Pakistan A against Kenya in Lahore, taking one wicket from six overs after almost three months out of the game.

Ajmal's 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.

He will need to apply to the ICC for a re-assessment after modifying his action if he is to feature at the Cricket World Cup, which takes place in Australia and New Zealand in February and March next year.

Ajmal was named in Pakistan's 30-man preliminary selection for the tournament earlier this month despite his current suspension and is hopeful of playing his part.

"I was playing a proper match after nearly three months but I felt comfortable with my corrected action," Ajmal told reporters.

"I didn't hold myself back and bowled all my deliveries and I am still very hopeful my action will be cleared before the World Cup because it is an event I want to be part of very much."

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