Big Bash League 2012-13

Saeed Ajmal to deliver for Adelaide Strikers

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 7, 2012

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Saeed Ajmal goes on a celebratory run, Pakistan v Australia, 1st T20I, Dubai, September 5, 2012
Saeed Ajmal's variations will form part of the Adelaide Strikers' attack this summer © Associated Press
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Pakistan's No. 1 spinner Saeed Ajmal has signed with the Adelaide Strikers for the Twenty20 Big Bash League. He will be available for the Strikers' first match, against the Perth Scorchers, and may then return for the latter stages of the tournament.

Ajmal's signature represents a significant addition to the Strikers and the BBL, his spinning variations having teased and confused batsmen the world over in recent times, not least those of Australia.

"I am really excited about playing for the Adelaide Strikers and really happy that I will get the chance to show my talent in the BBL," Ajmal said.

"I am very keen to meet up with the rest of the boys soon and play my best in the games that I am available, with the hope that Adelaide make the final stages and I can return to help win the competition."

The Strikers coach Darren Berry said he was delighted to have signed Ajmal, the latest example of his policy of using spin as an attacking weapon on dry surfaces at Adelaide Oval.

"We know what this guy is capable of, having seen him run through both the Australian and English batsmen a couple of months ago, so to have him on board is a great result for the Strikers," Berry said.

Adelaide have also signed the South Australia wicketkeeper Tim Ludeman and the Queensland legspinner Cameron Boyce.

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Posted by TheRisingTeam on (November 10, 2012, 1:10 GMT)

Course Ajmal is better than Ashwin he's ranked number 1 spinner in the world but Ashwin has a bright long future ahead of him unlike Ajmal. How old is Ajmal? he started his career so late. I rather watch Ashwin bowl the Carrom Ball 1000 of times than the Doosra which always gets criticism. Plus Ashwin can bat infact unlike Ajmal he achieved a rare 5 wicket haul and test 100 in the same test match :P

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

Ajmal is far better bowler than Ashwin and world knows that, that is why he ranked far better than Ashwin. So what is the point talking about this hear?

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (November 9, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

@just chill chill,SOUR GRAPES MAN! With or without straight, Ashwin is a "ball boy" in front of ajmal.i can assure u,EVEN WITH BENT ARM,ASHWIN Z no match 4 ajmal.@g.narishma,I CAN ASSERT ONE THING 4RM UR COMMENTS which z shear jealosy,sory my friend u would hav to live with it.ASHWIN CAN B COMPARD TO JEEVAN MENDIS,AMIT MISHRA,NATHAN LYON, N he z no where near the clas of ajmal,rehman,hafeez lolz

Posted by mazii on (November 9, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

when Ajmal took wickets against England, my Indian brother said what a bowler he is. Indians are envious just because Australian domestic teams are singing Pakistani players, whereas Indian flat track bullies are being ignored by them. Where was Ashwin when Australia thrashed India. Ashwin took nine wickets in three test matches while Ajmal took eleven wickets in three test matches- and in one innings Pakistan didn't get a chance to bowl. to conclude, Ajmal got 11 wickets in two and a half test while ashwin took nine. Get your facts right. This is only one series that Pakistan played outside subcontinent against a quality team. I didn't include west indies tour and others. If my fellow Indian brothers and others are envious of Ajmal's accomplishments then it's biasness and nothing else. If someone has some reservations regarding Ajmal's action then go and complain to ICC. If you don't accept ICC verdict then It's your problem not Ajmal's problem. Indian please stop being ridiculous.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 9, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

One cannot compare ASHWIN with AJMAL...Ashwin is miles ahead of AJMAL ..AJMAL is pathetic once he went outside SUBCONTINENT...

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

ashwin has taken 5 5 wickt hauls and that too against nz and wi who r not that good test teams ,, so u ll quite see that most of his wickets are agains minnows of test cricket morever ashwin has always been thrashed outside india where is carrom ball is more wayward thn carrom striker itself , sorru dudes but comparing ashwin and ajamal u r just shor of mental health

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

@coolitbaby yeah we saq ashwin in australia last yr HIS brains were pretty obvious to us ! ajmal picks up wickets against giants in test crickets sl eng sa and bamboozled the likes of aus , we ll see what ashwin will do in sa next yr and what ajmal will do to sa next yr !

Posted by SaeedKhanNiazi on (November 9, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

@coolitbaby: If you noticed, I was being very brief and did not want to analyze the comparison in depth. Ashwin is in the process of establishing himself. In regards to your view on Ajmal, that just your opinion. I have mine. Any batsmen who gets used to a bowler's variation is "thrashed." But until then, we wait :). The same can be said of Ashwin. he can be thrashed as well, if batsmen pick him up early enough. So use that logic of yours and place Ashwin, or rather, any bowler and see if get a different result ;). I never said Ashwin isn't an intelligent bowler. All I have stated is that he is in the process of establishing himself as a quality spinner with what he has at his disposal. The persistent accusations on Ajmal's bowling, well I will leave you to continue with that as I laugh. But let's be fair, it is far to early to start comparing Ashwin right now. Allow him an opportunity to grow before you give the skunk eye and he becomes easily forgotten and looking for form like Bajji

Posted by david44 on (November 9, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

@coolitbaby you are overlooking completly that talent AJMAL posses which ashwin who? is lacking Ajmal if i am not mistaken is in the top three slots of ICC ranking ashwin will get slaughtered by walk through tailhanders

Posted by g.narsimha on (November 9, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

IMTIAZ -A- Where did AJMAL proved against ENG- only in UAE , HE CANT EVEN PREVENT 4-0 WHITEWASH IN ODIS AT UR FOTRESS where as ASHWIN ensured 5-0 white wash in odis in IND he fared better than AJMAL in AUS even won series in SL where u r great failed in SL , MY simple question to u pak fans why he is hyding in full sleeves ?

Posted by coolitbaby on (November 9, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

@SaeedKhanNiazi you are conveniently forgetting that Ashwin has something important that Ajmal doesn't - BRAINS. Ashwin is a very intelligent bowler and gets wickets by fooling batsmen. Once Ajmal plays more cricket and players get used to him, he will be trashed aside. These fly-by-night mystery bowlers with questionable bowling actions come and go, and people forget them just as quickly.

Posted by ImtiazA on (November 9, 2012, 1:09 GMT)

Ajmal proved himself against England and Srilanka. Ashwin is still finding his feet in Test Cricket. Ashwin will perform well in India, but his biggest challenge would be when we travels abroad.

Posted by just_chill_chill on (November 8, 2012, 23:37 GMT)

@SaeedKhanNiazi you are spot on. Ashwin is not similar to Ajmal. Ashwin has a lovely high arm action and bowls with a STRAIGHT arm, unlike your Ajmal dude who bowls with a bent arm.

Posted by just_chill_chill on (November 8, 2012, 23:03 GMT)

That's a good sign. There is a biomechanics lab in Aus. I am sure ICC is going to take this opportunity to test Ajmal's action once again, and prove clearly that it is illegal.

Posted by SaeedKhanNiazi on (November 8, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

There is no way Ashwin is similar to Ajmal, unless we are simply looking at the fact they both are off spinners. other than that, no other similarities can be made. Ashwin, however, is building up gradually and can be very handy with the bat, which he displayed on more than one occasion. He does try with variations but carrom balls and off breaks are not going to cut it, especially in test matches. Having said all that, Ashwin really needs more exposure to international cricket particularly test cricket, if he really seeks to develop himself as all-round spinner. He is getting there, mind you.

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

Ajmal will Rock there too

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

lol - I am a huge fan of Ashwin and want him to do very well. But anybody that thinks that he is in the class of Ajmal must get his mental health checked. Yes, I would want Virat and Co to beat the hell out of Ajmal every time Pakistan plays India - but Credit where it's due - Ajmal is one of the world's best bowlers right now - and people better respect that.

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

No need to compare spinners, Open ICC rankings page and see whoz on top.

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

Take a chill pill guys.... to be very honest, Ashwin has got loads of talent.. it is just he's lesser experience then Saeed Ajmal but equally talented .... i feel Ajantha Mandis is much more talented than Saeed n Ashwin , but somehow he could manage to earn name for himself. his figures r more impressive then saeed n ashwin...

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

"We were bowled out by a mystery spinner that batsmen could not pick. India are not really blessed with a mystery spinner like Saeed Ajmal." [Graeme Swann]

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

ashwin is noway near to ajmal.......................ajmal is much better bowler tan ashwin............. sorry indians ...this is a fact

Posted by irk102 on (November 8, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

omg they are comparing Ajmal with Ashwin ...u guys must be kidding me ......

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

Guys dnt blame each other just enjoy the game bros from India and bros from Pak & Srilanka plz think like a cricketing fan plz its a request to all of u from a Pakistani cricketing fan

Posted by AB-14 on (November 8, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

all of the indians who think ajmal is only succesful in asia should look at india .they are only ssuccesful in india atleast ajmal is succesful in asia.AJMAL IS MUCH MUCH BETTER THAN ASHWIN .AJMAL PLAYED IN AUSTRALIA WHEN HE WAS NOT AT HIS BEST OR WAS STILL LEARNING BUT KNOW IF HE GOES TO AUSTRALIA HE WILLGO THROUGH THE AUSSIES LINEUP EASILY

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

g.narishma - haha i agree with you 100 % ,these people are just jelous of India ,the success of the IPL and the fact that we have been no 1 in test and they never have ,the fact that for 3 years all matches played between the teams have ended in wins for india and also the fact that Team India are World CHAMPIONS :D , anyways a good signing for the Strikers ,and lets see how it pans out ,should do well .

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

Ajmal is Worlds no.1 bowler not only Pakistan's

Posted by g.narsimha on (November 8, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

El Toro Loco -pl check the stets available on this web , before posting , u r AJMAL is worthless out side ASIA , OUT OF 122 WICKETS 80% of those were taken in ASIA , BIG FLOP IN aus - 111 ave, where as ASHWIN HAD 66 AVE IN AUS , he has already taken 49 in 8 test both played in WI where as ASWIN could help his team in series win AJMAL failed only perfom on spinner friendly tracks in ASIA , one more thing he is u r player u r free to admire as u like but dont demeam ours we are more in numbers even if entire cricketing nations fans put up together , only u people will got exposed of u r anti ind feelings nothing more.

Posted by khizercheema on (November 8, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

i think AUS just play with him more cricket too play more spin becoze recent time none of austrlian batsman pick him

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 3:17 GMT)

yeah that's right he's no.1

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

World's NO 1 bowler Ajmal rocks ......

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 0:42 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal is World's No.1 spinner right now. Please make correction.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 22:40 GMT)

Ajmal is the best in the Business

Posted by Desihungama on (November 7, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

Pakistan's No.1 spinner? C'mon lad. I bet you he could not even read his own bowling if he's to face himself. Give credit where it's due.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

ajmal rock star who got doubt

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

correction needed plz he is Worlds no. 1 spinner not only Pakistan.

Posted by criker on (November 7, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

dont compare ashwin to ajmal,, ashwin even cant take a wicket in t20 international, 15 matches and only 12 wickets with an average of 35,who the hell are saying that ashwin is a good bowler,

Posted by S-A-M-1994 on (November 7, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

World's NO 1 bowler Ajmal rocks ......

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (November 7, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

A wonderfull bowler. A majician no doubt. It will give a colour to big bash.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

Where is PCB, plz don't allow Ajmal to play these types of leagues, You should pay him more so he would not go for such leagues

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (November 7, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

@ Rajesh_india_0000:Yeah an average bowler and thats why he was picked by one of the premier cricketing nation's T-20 team in the world? I'm sure your a$$win Or bhajji wouldn't even considered by any of these foreign team. Ciao...

@ g.narsimha: And your a$$win couldn't even take wickets on spin friendly just wait for a few more days when the 1st test starts & see how English batters batter your below par bowling attack. Nuff said....

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

What's Up with them now Saeed Ajmal will lose his glory because Australia can't play him now but what about after this THEY'LL KNOW ALL ABOUT HIM! And BOOM! Australia everyone has no problem playing him

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (November 7, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

To all those who doesn't think Ajmal is the number 1 spinner in the world, go check the stats and rankings and remember you have never produced a spinner of Ajmal's class and you will never produce 1 in next 10,000 years...

Posted by sukku88 on (November 7, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

Be aware Mr.Ajmal...!! Your mystery balls will become history if you join these guys... They will use you like a net bowler to overcome their weakness against spin... So better not to use much of your doosras and theesras there..

Posted by Farrukh.91. on (November 7, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

This makes the count of Pakistan players 3, with Afridi and Akmal, but Ajmal also needs to be careful......

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

Great for Ajmal .. wish him luck.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

waoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (November 7, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

@Rajeshindia 420,jigr he went 4 les than 6 Rpo during Asia cup match vs india,indians couldn't read him n sachin was found dancing in front of him like jugler during Wcup 2011 at mohali.HE WENT 4 30 ODD RUNS IN T2 MATCH DURING icc t20 championship match.IN THE LIGHT OF ABOVE ALL,AJMAL Z FAR FRM BEING "THRASHED"

Posted by PAKISTANiLive on (November 7, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

correcttion "World's No.1"

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

No doubt this world number one spinner deserves this platform...This will provide a good opportunity to the Australians to learn a lot from mystery spinner because these are facts that Australians and English Man are not able to tackle him right now so this league will provide them good chance to understand him and play with him...Good Luck SAEED BHAI:-)

Posted by Paddlesweep4six on (November 7, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

@ Rajesh_india_1990 yea and that's why he's the worst bowler in all three formats while Ashwin is no. 1 in all of them right?!, oh no wait....

Posted by D-Train on (November 7, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

Having blokes like Narine and Ajmal playing in the BBL is good for Australian cricket. The more exposure they get to them, the better they're going to become at playing spin. Might be able to teach Nathan Lyon, Jon Holland and Steve O'Keefe a few things as well.

Posted by g.narsimha on (November 7, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

MUSA441- ASHWIN & NARAIN are more than million dollar players more over what was his performance in AUS - 111 AVE , ASHWIN NARAIN are mails ahead on performance outside subcontinent , AJMAL could take wickets only at spinning friendly wickets at UAE u r fotress , one thing i have noticed in t-20 wc in SL he was negotiated easily by even non asian teams ,

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (November 7, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

@Rajeshindia 420,jigr he went 4 les than 6 Rpo during Asia cup match vs india,indians couldn't read him n sachin was found dancing in front of him like jugler during Wcup 2011 at mohali.HE WENT 4 30 ODD RUNS IN T2 MATCH DURING icc t20 championship match.IN THE LIGHT OF ABOVE ALL,AJMAL Z FAR FRM BEING "THRASHED"

Posted by Stark62 on (November 7, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

"Pakistan's No. 1 spinner Saeed Ajmal"?!?!

Ranked no. 1 in both ODI's and T20's, plus 3rd in Tests behind Steyn and Philander, meaning he should be the best spinner in the world, no?

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

Chawla is world no 1. @all those complaining about headline.

Posted by humtojeetengey on (November 7, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Correction please ''WORLD NO 1''

Posted by getsetgopk on (November 7, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

Correction please, its the world's best spinner from Pakistan. On a slightly different note, what happened to the question of integrity as Ajmal is a premier Doosra bowler. Reading through the comments I didn't see anyone saying Saeed will be a bad influence on the Australian BBL. Anyone?

Posted by Z.Saleem on (November 7, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

they have signed him just to crack the guys' mystery bowling by playing him more and more in the nets, otherwise the sign-up doesn't make any sense at all, Pak will be playing INDIA by then. Ajmal should be careful, as what Surrey did to Saqlain can happen to him too, after playing for Surrey Saqi lost his variety and was easily picked by the English-man.

Posted by CricketMaan on (November 7, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

What an IRONY!! Inverarity says 'Ban' doosra in Australia and dont let youngsters experiment...and here we have Ajmal who will be spinning his doosras coz he is considered match winner!! So you preach one and practice something else..Way to GO..its not just IPL that is spoilt with money, BBL is just following that path!!

Posted by musa441 on (November 7, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

@NARSIMHA dude if ajmal is a penut then ashwin and narine are not even a grain of sand!!

Posted by doosra_inventer on (November 7, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

BBL Better Place than IPL....Ajmal deserves it.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 7, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

He is less than an average bowler outside UAE...and always thrashed by virat kohli and co...

Posted by FRRR on (November 7, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

He is World's Number 1 spinner not Pakistan's. Good chance for the Australians to learn something.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

Wooww , great news and i am also agreed with zahid ammar's comments..

Posted by zenboomerang on (November 7, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

We sure are blessed in getting some of the best Pakistan players into the BBL this year, plus the regular Pakistan players who have come down for many years... They have become the most popular international players to pick in recent times along with the WI's & expect they will get a very good welcome from thier team mates & fans alike... By far the best BBL season coming up & looking good for the future...

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

A great addition to AS team, will definitely improve their bowling performance. I don't know why, Saeed wasn't approached by any team in the CLT20.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

Its good to know that Pakistani players are getting chances to prove their abilities on this scale i wish best of luck to all

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

c0mon Ajmal dun wAste urself plAying these leAgues n try 2 f0cus on ur gAme 4 PAK.....Cheers!!!!

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

Best of Luck SAEED....i hope and i know you will raise the name of our country,no matter which team you play......

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

Key Player I love this Man ....

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

Wow that's awesome..i think now Adelaide can win this BBL easily...this Ajmal Bloke is Magic..aah well lets start the spin Fun..am happy..Bring It on ADELAIDE...

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (November 7, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

Wel he z no.1 spiner in the world not just in pakistan.HIS CONSISTENCY OF REMAINING AT TOP IN ALL FORMATS Z JST COMMEMDABLE.IT WOULD B INTRESTING HOW Does he cope with aussie pitches bcoz ajmal of recent past z far more threatening than ajmal of couple of years ago.ONE THING Z 4 sure,he would b a sucess(inshallah)

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal is one of the best in business at the moment without any doubt. Since I live in Adelaide, I'd love to see him play and to meet him if I get a chance. But I hope he could play the whole tournament.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

Magician is here Perfect Choice for Adelaide Strikers

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (November 7, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

Wel he z no.1 spiner in the world not just in pakistan.HIS CONSISTENCY OF REMAINING AT TOP IN ALL FORMATS Z JST COMMEMDABLE.IT WOULD B INTRESTING HOW Does he cope with aussie pitches bcoz ajmal of recent past z far more threatening than ajmal of couple of years ago.ONE THING Z 4 sure,he would b a sucess(inshallah)

Posted by Dosraa on (November 7, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

"Pakistan's No. 1 spinner", He is also the No1 Spinner of the "WORLD" at the moment. "ESPNcricinfo staff" Please correct the text here,

Posted by ZahidAmmarMoeez on (November 7, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

Sorry My Dear! Please correct your first LIne "Wrong line is" Pakistan's No. 1 spinner Saeed Ajmal has signed Correct Line is World's No. 1 spinner Saeed Ajmal has signed

Posted by anver777 on (November 7, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

Attacking Ajmal is always a match winner in any format !!!! Strikers had picked the right man for this BBL !!!!

Posted by g.narsimha on (November 7, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

Some thing is better than nothing ,running pillar to pillar for pinuts .

Posted by bluefunk on (November 7, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

I would love to hear what Inverarity has to say about this contemporary master of the fifteen-degree rule plying his trade in Australia.

Posted by ejsiddiqui on (November 7, 2012, 3:08 GMT)

Beware other leagues, BBL is getting few of the best talents in the world. Best of Luck ot Adelaide and Ajmal.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

Excellent addition in the side

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 2:46 GMT)

will they let him use his doosra? isn't banned in aus domestic?

Posted by Meety on (November 7, 2012, 2:39 GMT)

Good signing for the Strikers. I will be fascinated to see whther his style has as much impact in Oz - compared to other places like the sub-continent.

Posted by ozwriter on (November 7, 2012, 2:21 GMT)

another great BBL signing. will be great to watch.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 2:13 GMT)

World's No.1 spinner* ;)

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 7, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

oh right strikers not sixers. well very good signing for the strikers they will have a great side ajmal and tait to start with

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 7, 2012, 2:09 GMT)

using their 2.5 million well

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