The Pakistan Cricket Board have urged their English counterparts to reprimand Stuart Broad following his comments about the bowling action of Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal.
Ajmal's bowling action, which has been reported in the past but cleared by the ICC, has come under scrutiny while playing for Worcestershire, for whom he took a career-best 7-19 against Essex recently.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan posted a photograph of Ajmal bowling with a bent arm in a county game on Twitter and wrote: "You are allowed 15 degrees of flex in your delivery swing.... #justsaying."
Broad responded: "This has to be a fake photo?!"
He then continued the conversation by tweeting: "Bowlers can bowl very differently in a lab while being tested compared to needing wickets in the middle."
PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmad said: "We have sent a letter to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and we have enquired from them what action are they planning against Broad since he is a centrally contracted player.
Ahmad said Ajmal, who is Pakistan's leading spinner with 169 Test and 182 ODI wickets, had been disturbed by this unwanted controversy generated by the comments.
"He is upset and not happy but we have told him we are now handling this issue with the ECB," he added.
Ajmal, 36, is Pakistan's leading spinner with 169 Test wickets and another 182 in one-day internationals.
"Broad's dig hurt me the most," Ajmal told Pakpassion.net. "Former players will sit in the commentary box or wherever else and say some things for attention but you don't expect such things from a fellow professional cricketer who is still playing cricket.
"It was disappointing to read Broad's comments, but we are dealing with it and we hope to get an explanation from the ECB about Broad's comments."