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    Default Ajmal takes a dig at Sachin: 'He is a legend but his end is near'

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    A day after India threatened to lodge a protest against Saeed Ajmal’s bowling action before surprisingly backing out, the Pakistan team management reacted sharply, saying their arch-rivals were merely employing “pressure tactics”.

    “We have nothing to say. We will talk if and when we receive a notification from the ICC,” a team official said. When informed that India had chosen not to pursue the matter, the official responded curtly. “There you go! So it was a pressure tactic. Don’t they know that the ICC has no issues with Ajmal’s action? Then why all this drama?” the official said.

    On Tuesday, Ajmal, who bowled for well over 40 minutes, did what he does best: flummox batsmen.

    In fact, he didn’t even spare his skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and senior pro Younus Khan, outfoxing both the right-handers with his delayed action and tough-to-pick variations.

    The wily off-spinner’s doosras and teesras have bamboozled batsmen the world over. It was one such delivery that got the better of Sachin Tendulkar during Sunday’s high-voltage clash at the Sher-e-Bangla.

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