Victory was, however, soured after West Indies legend Sir Viv Richards questioned Pakistan off-spinner Ajmal’s bowling action.
Ajmal was the leading wicket-taker in the series and was judged the player-of-the-series after finishing with 17 scalps at 14.47.
“Let me put it as mildly and as diplomatically as it can be put,” Richards told ESPNcricinfo. “When you look at bowling actions for off-spinners in the world at present, the [15 degree] rule has bred what we’ve seen in this series. I wouldn’t be blatanat as some others, but the rules have helped the freaky stuff we have at present. It accommodates doosras and things we see like that.”
Published in The Express Tribune, May 26th, 2011.