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Ravichandran Ashwin Was Kept Away From Cricket To Avoid Getting Banned By ICC, Claims Former Pakistan Spinner

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Former Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has made a controversial statement regarding Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Ajmal has claimed Ashwin was on the verge of getting banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) over his action and was kept away from international cricket intentionally for some time to avoid the ban. Saeed Ajmal also accused ICC of having different rules for different players.
Ashwin is one of the best spinners and is a vital cog in India’s bowling attack in Tests. He has over 600 wickets to his name across formats. He is India’s fourth-highest wicket-taker in Tests.

“You changed all these rules and regulations without asking anyone. I was playing cricket for the last eight years. All those rules were for me. That’s it,” Ajmal said in a Youtube interview with Cricwick.

“During that period, Ashwin was out from cricket for six months. Why is that? So you can work on him and your bowler doesn’t get banned,” Ajmal said.

“They don’t care if a Pakistan bowler gets banned. They only care about money,” he concluded.

Saeed Ajmal has been banned by the International Cricket Council multiple times before for his action. He feels that it is unfair that Ravichandran Ashwin was given time to work on his action while he was banned immediately.

Ajmal also went on to talk about the 2011 World Cup semifinal between India and Pakistan which India had won comprehensively. Pertaining to that match, he said that even though Sachin Tendulkar was out LBW, the DRS saved him.

“The umpire who gave Tendulkar out, he would be ready to give the statement that he got it right. And the meaning is pretty clear. The DRS can be checked manually. You can alter it any stage. I don’t know about that but even if I see it now and any umpire sees that, he will think that this will go on to hit the stumps. But that missed the stumps. Thousands of people have questioned me this, and I don’t know the answer.”

The off-spinner will be next seen donning the whites in the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. The final will followed by a five-match Test series between India and England