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Ajmal: Watson may have prompted umpires

PAKISTAN offspinner Saeed Ajmal believes complaints from Australia's Shane Watson might have prompted umpires to report his bowling action after the second limited-overs international in Dubai last week.

"I think Watson was talking (with) umpires," Ajmal told "He was speaking with them and when the match finished the umpires said there is a problem."

Ajmal took two wickets for 19 runs in Pakistan's four-wicket victory in Wednesday's first match before managing 1-37 when Australia leveled the five-match series at 1-1 with a six-wicket win on Friday.

The Pakistani offspinner baffled the Australian batsmen with his 'doosra' - an offspinner's delivery that moves away from the right-handed batsmen.

Umpires Asad Rauf and Billy Bowden, as well as third umpire Zameer Haider and fourth umpire Nadeem Ghouri, reported Ajmal's action to the International Cricket Council after the second match.

Ajmal will now be analyzed by a member of the ICC panel of human movement specialists, appointed in consultation with the Pakistan Cricket Board. If his action remains suspect during the analysis, he faces a ban and remedial work.

Ajmal is the second offspinner this month who has been reported in an international match. South Africa's Johan Botha was reported after the fourth ODI against Australia in Port Elizabeth.

Meanwhile, former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad said that the ICC should shift the 2011 World Cup out of Asia after Australia refused to send its Davis Cup tennis team to India.

Miandad, director-general of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said there was no justification for the ICC to only move World Cup matches out of Pakistan while subcontinent neighbors and 2011 co-hosts India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka staged the tournament. "It is obvious by the Australian's decision that the security situation in India is also not stable," Miandad said. "So why should only Pakistan be deprived of its share of World Cup matches?"

Miandad suggested holding the 2011 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and having the 2015 event in South Asia.


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