R Ashwin seems to be the target of former cricketers. After Sanjay Manjrekar’s statement on the India spinner, former Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal had taken a dig aimed at Ashwin. The 43-year old stated that Ashwin was kept away from cricket to avoid a ban.
Ajmal was banned by the ICC for his bowling action. Ashwin, who made his debut in 2010, has been a constant member of the national team.
“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. 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. They don’t care if a Pakistan bowler gets banned. They only care about money,” Ajmal told as quoted by Cricwick.
He also spoke about the World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan. According to him, Sachin was out before he was saved by DRS.
“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 at 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.”