Big Bash League 2012-13 November 20, 2012

Ajmal still a Striker, but Akmal's contract cut by Sixers

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Saeed Ajmal and the Adelaide Strikers will be the chief beneficiaries of the PCB's decision to allow their players limited participation in the BBL after the Sydney Sixers terminated Umar Akmal's contract.

The Strikers had originally intended to call on Ajmal for only the first game of the tournament and then regain him for the final stages, a plan that remains possible. However the Sixers were unhappy to have Akmal's original three-game stint cut to one and are now looking elsewhere.

Jamie Cox, the director of cricket for the South Australian association, said Ajmal's re-confirmed availability was a relief after several days of frantic phone-calls trying to keep Pakistan's No. 1 spinner in the picture for the tournament.

"The arrangements work for us at the moment, they work for us better than some of the other sides because we had originally intended for Saeed to be here for the first game anyway," Cox said. "We're still working on how that works for the latter end of the tournament, but for them to reverse their decision we're very grateful.

"I know CA have been involved there, which has been great. To have him in our team albeit how brief it turned out to be will be pretty exciting. We're hoping we can free that up for the back-end of the tournament where hopefully we're well and truly alive and challenging for the trophy.

"Pakistan are at liberty to put out whatever program they like and we understand that's how it works with international players, but we're always keen to try and find whether there was an opportunity for him to reconsider and fortunately in this case they have, and we're very grateful. It'll hopefully work very well for us."

The PCB had earlier denied permission for Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Akmal to play in the Big Bash League to ensure their participation in its own local tournament. But, upon Cricket Australia's request, it reconsidered its stand and allowed them to play the initial stages of the tournament. Due to the scheduling, Akmal was found to be available for just the opening game of Sixers' campaign.

"While it would have been great to have Umar here for the start of the BBL season, the short time frame offered is not in the club's best interest and we have decided to see if a suitable replacement is available rather than continue down this path," Stuart Clark, the Sixers' general manager, was quoted as saying by AAP. "We are confident our strong roster will be able to cover the loss of Umar should we not find a suitable replacement."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • irfan-omer on November 22, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Jamie Cox, the director of cricket for the South Australian association, said Ajmal's re-confirmed availability was a relief after several days of frantic phone-calls trying to keep Pakistan's No. 1 spinner in the picture for the tournament. ... Mr Jamie Cox for your info he is world's NO 1 spinner .

  • dontlikecricket on November 21, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    It would have been nice if PCB let all of them play few games in Australia then asking them to return earlier for a "camp". What better preperation is to participate and play in a quality league where a lot of international crickters play? PCB confuses me some time. I can undertand if it was a Bangla or Srilanka league but Big bash is the highest quality league around the world!!!!

  • Ahsan-cric-freak on November 20, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Thankfully Umar is freed! concentrate on INDO-PAK series Mr.Akmal ... Before this i was also wondering how a team of No 1 t20 league of the world can earn services of a player for just a game??

  • Stark62 on November 20, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    One cancels his contact, the other gets his contract terminated and the last one will play one game!!

  • on November 20, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    It shows how much our cricketers are wanted by other teams, such a blessing to have such players in the Pakistani team and sorry to to Big Bash League but it had to be done, as we play India next month. Thank you for your love and support. We owe you

  • on November 20, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    yes, going for one game is ridiculous, it really does look this way!! stuart clark may have pressed the right button here. good for umar also, he would have to travel a lot. frantic!!

  • malepas on November 20, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    No point flying all the way there just to play one game,,not good for the team or the player,, Umer is a great talent and should have been given more chance by the PCB to play at least 3-4 games. Good to see Ajmal playing though,,he is a class above and world's best spinner. Good luck.

  • irfan-omer on November 22, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Jamie Cox, the director of cricket for the South Australian association, said Ajmal's re-confirmed availability was a relief after several days of frantic phone-calls trying to keep Pakistan's No. 1 spinner in the picture for the tournament. ... Mr Jamie Cox for your info he is world's NO 1 spinner .

  • dontlikecricket on November 21, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    It would have been nice if PCB let all of them play few games in Australia then asking them to return earlier for a "camp". What better preperation is to participate and play in a quality league where a lot of international crickters play? PCB confuses me some time. I can undertand if it was a Bangla or Srilanka league but Big bash is the highest quality league around the world!!!!

  • Ahsan-cric-freak on November 20, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Thankfully Umar is freed! concentrate on INDO-PAK series Mr.Akmal ... Before this i was also wondering how a team of No 1 t20 league of the world can earn services of a player for just a game??

  • Stark62 on November 20, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    One cancels his contact, the other gets his contract terminated and the last one will play one game!!

  • on November 20, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    It shows how much our cricketers are wanted by other teams, such a blessing to have such players in the Pakistani team and sorry to to Big Bash League but it had to be done, as we play India next month. Thank you for your love and support. We owe you

  • on November 20, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    yes, going for one game is ridiculous, it really does look this way!! stuart clark may have pressed the right button here. good for umar also, he would have to travel a lot. frantic!!

  • malepas on November 20, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    No point flying all the way there just to play one game,,not good for the team or the player,, Umer is a great talent and should have been given more chance by the PCB to play at least 3-4 games. Good to see Ajmal playing though,,he is a class above and world's best spinner. Good luck.

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  • malepas on November 20, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    No point flying all the way there just to play one game,,not good for the team or the player,, Umer is a great talent and should have been given more chance by the PCB to play at least 3-4 games. Good to see Ajmal playing though,,he is a class above and world's best spinner. Good luck.

  • on November 20, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    yes, going for one game is ridiculous, it really does look this way!! stuart clark may have pressed the right button here. good for umar also, he would have to travel a lot. frantic!!

  • on November 20, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    It shows how much our cricketers are wanted by other teams, such a blessing to have such players in the Pakistani team and sorry to to Big Bash League but it had to be done, as we play India next month. Thank you for your love and support. We owe you

  • Stark62 on November 20, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    One cancels his contact, the other gets his contract terminated and the last one will play one game!!

  • Ahsan-cric-freak on November 20, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Thankfully Umar is freed! concentrate on INDO-PAK series Mr.Akmal ... Before this i was also wondering how a team of No 1 t20 league of the world can earn services of a player for just a game??

  • dontlikecricket on November 21, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    It would have been nice if PCB let all of them play few games in Australia then asking them to return earlier for a "camp". What better preperation is to participate and play in a quality league where a lot of international crickters play? PCB confuses me some time. I can undertand if it was a Bangla or Srilanka league but Big bash is the highest quality league around the world!!!!

  • irfan-omer on November 22, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Jamie Cox, the director of cricket for the South Australian association, said Ajmal's re-confirmed availability was a relief after several days of frantic phone-calls trying to keep Pakistan's No. 1 spinner in the picture for the tournament. ... Mr Jamie Cox for your info he is world's NO 1 spinner .