Any logic behind Ajmal’s exclusion?
Saeed Ajmal's exclusion from the 2012 ICC Player of the Year awards list is baffling, considering he was the highest Test wicket-taker during the time frame (August 5, 2011 to August 4, 2012) which the ICC considered while making its picks. Shoaib Naveed, writing in Dawn, says that Pakistan has been notably under-represented in the player awards lists since its inception and it's time the ICC takes notice.
It was understandable up until 2010, for Pakistan performances did it no favours, but since the Lord’s debacle the exclusions have crossed the line from mysterious, to ignorance and now to downright inequitable. It is no wonder the supporters of the team feel wronged. It is high time the ICC panel of adjudicators started paying equal attention to performers from the entire set of cricket playing nations, instead of focusing on just the so called elite four.
Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo