The ICC has dismissed Pakistan Cricket Board’s objection on Saeed Ajmal’s omission from the shortlist for Test Cricketer of the Year award, saying it was an independent jury who cast out the off-spinner from the list.
The PCB raised questions on governing body’s selection procedure and urged it to revise the policy.
But the ICC refused to reconsider Ajmal’s case.
“The ICC has no authority to change the results of the academy. The voting results are final and binding on everyone,” an ICC spokesman told ESPNcricinfo.
The 34-year-old Ajmal, despite finishing as the top Test wicket-taker with 72 wickets in Tests between August 4, 2011 and August 6, 2012, was not included among the four nominees for the coveted Test Cricketer of the Year award and the PCB lodged a protest with the ICC.
The Pakistani off-spinner has been in good form but his bowling action has come under scrutiny with former England captain Bob Willis and some other former cricketers questioning its legality.
Explaining the reason for Ajmal’s exclusion from the final list of nominees, the ICC spokesperson said, “It is important to understand the process which is very simple and transparent, and monitored by independent auditor Ernst & Young.”