Karachi- Spin maestro Saeed Ajmal's suspension may have come as a shock to Pakistan's chances for the World Cup 2015 in Australia, but head coach Waqar Younis is looking ahead.

"What happened is unfortunate and a big blow to the team. But we have to plan thinking that Saeed [Ajmal] could not be available for the World Cup," a report published by IBN Live quoted legendary fast bowler Waqar Younis as saying.

"I know Saeed Ajmal is keen to make a comeback and is working hard on his action. Saqlain Mushtaq will also be helping him soon. One hopes he is back. But we have to look for a replacement as well," the former captain said. The top-ranked off-spinner had been suspended indefinitely from international cricket for an illegal bowling action but had vowed to return in time for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) had banned the 36-year-old after biomechanic tests revealed that all his deliveries breached the permissible limit for straightening of the elbow joint.