Pakistan cricket September 4, 2012

Ajmal, master of a loser's game

Australia won a skirmish in the desert but one player dominated despatches. He was the leading wicket taker in the ODI series, with an average typical of school cricket
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Australia won a skirmish in the desert but one player dominated despatches. He was the leading wicket taker in the ODI series, with an average typical of school cricket. For Saeed Ajmal, the man snubbed by ICC's inscrutable panel of experts, such excellence is business as usual.

The mystery of Ajmal's exclusion from the ICC's shortlist for the Cricketer of the Year award is a big one. The Pakistan Cricket Board has submitted a formal complaint, hoping that Ajmal, like Graeme Swann before him in 2010, will be included on appeal. Supporters have turned to social media to berate the ICC for overlooking Ajmal - a firm favourite among Pakistan fans and acclaimed more broadly as the world's leading spin bowler.

Ajmal's absence from the shortlist is truly bizarre. South Africa's rise to number one in the Test rankings was heavily influenced by Ajmal's demolition of England in the UAE; a performance that helped Pakistan's beguiling spinner become leading Test wicket taker in the year covered by the ICC awards. Consider all international cricket and Ajmal took 120 wickets; his nearest rival was a distant second with 84.

Indeed, Ajmal has excelled in all three formats, a versatility that sets him apart from other current international bowlers. With doosras and teesras produced at will, he has been an innovator and possibly a bluffer. He bowls at the death but doesn't bowl defensively. Ajmal tosses the ball in the air, daring a batsman to guess its flight and turn, mesmerising spectators and even his opponent. These are ancient arts with a modern twist.

Saeed Ajmal is a jewel in the crown of the modern game. He is an entertainer with the stats to prove that he deserves top billing. Perhaps Ajmal's failing is that he represents an unfashionable cricket nation? Whatever the explanation, the ICC's expert panel has reached an inexpert conclusion and done little for the credibility of the awards. Including Ajmal now would be a token gesture. In a sport that the administrators have carved out for batsmen, the art of bowling is a loser's game.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • MD on September 15, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    @dsig3...... hai man what r u talking about? Ajmal got wckts on spin friendly picthes then wat about philander? he got wickts on seaming and firm tracks where balls swirls here and there every time............. do,t live in fool's paradise and accepts wat is rite....

  • NasirAli Khan on September 13, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Pakistan in myopinionnwill Beverly lucky if it goes beyond the quarter final stage inmthebT 20 Tournament . Australia is at the bottom of the T20s Tournament and they very nearly won the series against Pakistan . The real problem is one, Team Selection and two Playerselection for the matches. What a blunder it was to play nonerformers for Yearssuch as Shoaib Malik andImran Nazir. Iin Srilankawewillhave to stack our bowling with fast bowlers.wedo not have a wicket keeper who Can Cope with fast bowling .

  • Azhar Ali on September 13, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Why does the PCB not appoint competent Selectors ? Also , in recent years the continuing policy of PCB appears to be for selections to keep on playing a game of musical chairs . Thereisva group of twenty / twenty-five players , from this group for persisting non performance the playersn are rested for a few months and then brought back on the persisting non performance of other players from this same group . New talent is rarely developed or encouraged . Also , very importantly, the PCB does not focus for player selection Nationally . Unless the Selection. system becomes fair, transparent and merit based the Pakistan cricketbwill continue to flounder and we will continue to sink to lower depths.

  • Irfan Naqvim on September 13, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Hafeez made a big mistake not to include Samiin the 2nd and 3rd T 20 . At these two matches the wickets were seeming and it wouldhavebeenimpossible for the Australians to hit out at hs bowling the way did to all thePakistani bowlers (other than Ajmal ) . The pitches in SriLanka will be fast.. Seamers will thrive . However , qualitywicketkeeping will be needed.. Thanks to thePakstani selectors, We don't have avqualitywicket keeper . Possibly the worst wicketkeeper of any side in the world .

  • Faisal Butt on September 12, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    226 comments till now? WOW.. hey ICC r u sleeping in the cave? See how people are discussing abut him (Ajmal).. some jealous some fan but they are here..... Well he already WON the AWARD no need for ICC recognition..... He is at his BEST....

  • kathir on September 12, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Dear PAK fans, before UAE series Against AUS, Please look your comments posted for players selection. Every one needed Imran Nazir, Razzak and no one supported Kamran Akmal. But Akmal performed wel, Now all are roaring that these guys to be dropped. You guys should know about cricket, the success of gams is not depends on an indiviudal player performance and all 11 players should contribute their best in a match for success. But it is not possible in all the matches, success and failiures are common for all. How can you guys decide a palyer ability in just two T20 matches. You just support your team, but not suppose to criticise team selection blindly. The selectors can select only 15 players only and they have more knowledge in cricket than us.

  • Aquil Siddiqui on September 11, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    In Pakistan T20 team squad, there are questions about few players. First one is Imran Nazeer a total failure in Dubai 2012 series, we like to see Ahmed Shehzad in his place. Second one is Shoaib Malik, we want Asad Shafiq in his place. Third one is Abdul Razzaq, we want Hammad Azam in his place. Hafeez should change his position from opener to one down and let Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad should open the inning. Bowling attack should be 1. Ummer Gul 2. Suhail Tanweer 3. M. Hafeez 4. Shahid Afridi 5. Saeed Ajmal. So the team should be: 1. Ahmed Shehzad 2. N. Jamshed 3. M. Hafeez 4. U. Akmal 5. Asad Shafiq 6. K. Akmal 7. Hammad Azam 8. Shahid Afridi 9. Suhail Tanweer 10.Umer Gul 11.Saeed Ajmal Reserves 12.Shoaib Malik 13.Aizaz Cheema 14.Junaid Khan 15.Raza Hasan 16.Imran Ferhat

  • babar rauf on September 11, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Ajmal should have been included in the awards....those who are doubtfull against his bowling action should look behind and see that ICC has cleared his action....so no problem in that.

  • Asad ali Khan on September 11, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Who is currently theSelector forthe Pakistan Team ? Can he explain the rationale for selection of Imran Nazir and Shoaib Malik ? These two are the major contributors for the humiliation inflicted by the Australians on thePakistan T20Team . The captains allso to blame for 1) selecting these two to play and 2) in giving bowling to himself too early in the second match and to ShoaibMalik in the third match. If we want to avoid humiliation we should rename ourTeam fortheT 20 Championship .

  • kathir on September 11, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    If you have world class bowlers, then why should your team in 4th and 6th palce in test and one day respectively? We defeated your team 5 times in world cup and last world & Asia cup matches. Your team can win some matches in U.A.E. only with support of Pithc and Asian Fans.

  • MD on September 15, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    @dsig3...... hai man what r u talking about? Ajmal got wckts on spin friendly picthes then wat about philander? he got wickts on seaming and firm tracks where balls swirls here and there every time............. do,t live in fool's paradise and accepts wat is rite....

  • NasirAli Khan on September 13, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Pakistan in myopinionnwill Beverly lucky if it goes beyond the quarter final stage inmthebT 20 Tournament . Australia is at the bottom of the T20s Tournament and they very nearly won the series against Pakistan . The real problem is one, Team Selection and two Playerselection for the matches. What a blunder it was to play nonerformers for Yearssuch as Shoaib Malik andImran Nazir. Iin Srilankawewillhave to stack our bowling with fast bowlers.wedo not have a wicket keeper who Can Cope with fast bowling .

  • Azhar Ali on September 13, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Why does the PCB not appoint competent Selectors ? Also , in recent years the continuing policy of PCB appears to be for selections to keep on playing a game of musical chairs . Thereisva group of twenty / twenty-five players , from this group for persisting non performance the playersn are rested for a few months and then brought back on the persisting non performance of other players from this same group . New talent is rarely developed or encouraged . Also , very importantly, the PCB does not focus for player selection Nationally . Unless the Selection. system becomes fair, transparent and merit based the Pakistan cricketbwill continue to flounder and we will continue to sink to lower depths.

  • Irfan Naqvim on September 13, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Hafeez made a big mistake not to include Samiin the 2nd and 3rd T 20 . At these two matches the wickets were seeming and it wouldhavebeenimpossible for the Australians to hit out at hs bowling the way did to all thePakistani bowlers (other than Ajmal ) . The pitches in SriLanka will be fast.. Seamers will thrive . However , qualitywicketkeeping will be needed.. Thanks to thePakstani selectors, We don't have avqualitywicket keeper . Possibly the worst wicketkeeper of any side in the world .

  • Faisal Butt on September 12, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    226 comments till now? WOW.. hey ICC r u sleeping in the cave? See how people are discussing abut him (Ajmal).. some jealous some fan but they are here..... Well he already WON the AWARD no need for ICC recognition..... He is at his BEST....

  • kathir on September 12, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Dear PAK fans, before UAE series Against AUS, Please look your comments posted for players selection. Every one needed Imran Nazir, Razzak and no one supported Kamran Akmal. But Akmal performed wel, Now all are roaring that these guys to be dropped. You guys should know about cricket, the success of gams is not depends on an indiviudal player performance and all 11 players should contribute their best in a match for success. But it is not possible in all the matches, success and failiures are common for all. How can you guys decide a palyer ability in just two T20 matches. You just support your team, but not suppose to criticise team selection blindly. The selectors can select only 15 players only and they have more knowledge in cricket than us.

  • Aquil Siddiqui on September 11, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    In Pakistan T20 team squad, there are questions about few players. First one is Imran Nazeer a total failure in Dubai 2012 series, we like to see Ahmed Shehzad in his place. Second one is Shoaib Malik, we want Asad Shafiq in his place. Third one is Abdul Razzaq, we want Hammad Azam in his place. Hafeez should change his position from opener to one down and let Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad should open the inning. Bowling attack should be 1. Ummer Gul 2. Suhail Tanweer 3. M. Hafeez 4. Shahid Afridi 5. Saeed Ajmal. So the team should be: 1. Ahmed Shehzad 2. N. Jamshed 3. M. Hafeez 4. U. Akmal 5. Asad Shafiq 6. K. Akmal 7. Hammad Azam 8. Shahid Afridi 9. Suhail Tanweer 10.Umer Gul 11.Saeed Ajmal Reserves 12.Shoaib Malik 13.Aizaz Cheema 14.Junaid Khan 15.Raza Hasan 16.Imran Ferhat

  • babar rauf on September 11, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Ajmal should have been included in the awards....those who are doubtfull against his bowling action should look behind and see that ICC has cleared his action....so no problem in that.

  • Asad ali Khan on September 11, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Who is currently theSelector forthe Pakistan Team ? Can he explain the rationale for selection of Imran Nazir and Shoaib Malik ? These two are the major contributors for the humiliation inflicted by the Australians on thePakistan T20Team . The captains allso to blame for 1) selecting these two to play and 2) in giving bowling to himself too early in the second match and to ShoaibMalik in the third match. If we want to avoid humiliation we should rename ourTeam fortheT 20 Championship .

  • kathir on September 11, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    If you have world class bowlers, then why should your team in 4th and 6th palce in test and one day respectively? We defeated your team 5 times in world cup and last world & Asia cup matches. Your team can win some matches in U.A.E. only with support of Pithc and Asian Fans.

  • KATHIR on September 11, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    All the PAK fans are jumping and roaring that Ajmal is scientist, magicien bla bla bla of spin bowling.. Just he has started to take more wickets in tests since last 1 year and Batsmen found him hard at UAE pitches with huge support of pitch and fan. There is long way to go for 700+ wickets like Murali and Warne. There is no doubt that he is best spinner now, but the eulogy of Pak fans are too much and too early for this acheviment (100+ wickets). I think it may be fraustration of PAK fans to find a good bowler after a long period. What happend to Ajantha Mendis? Our batsmen are very talented and they can easily face your Ajmal and Co. Can any one update that Ajmal Bowling figures in last one day series against ENG at UAE and Last Asia Cup match against India at Dhaka?

  • Rajul Pant on September 11, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    How can they nominate someone who is responsible for the demise of England at No-1 position.

  • Khalid Shaikh on September 11, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Recommended T20 XI: N. Jamshed, A. Shehzad, A. Shafiq, K. Akmal, Mohd Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afredi, Sohail Tanveer, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal. It will be two solid batsmen in top three and one attacking batsmen. than 2 attacking batsmen and a solid batsmen in middle order for late flourish. with Razzaq and afredi i get chance can go all guns blazing. And if there is turning track and opposition is other than subcontinent teams play R.Hazan in place of Tanveer.

  • irfan on September 10, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    He is number 1, and should be number 1, even the whole world made conspiracy against him. Ajmal you are brilliant and whole nation is with you. God Bless You............

  • Anwar Malik on September 10, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Does it make any sense to take Shoaib Malik orImran Nazir with the Team to Sri Lank? If we playedthese two against the weakest side, we would loose.

  • Syed Iftikhar ALi on September 10, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Hafeez made a very big mistake giving the bowling early in the match to Shoaib Malik . Any side in the world will have an elusive run festif they get the opportunity of batting against his bowling. After thins over with Australianshittinghim for three sixes the match had been lost .

  • Ahmad Siddiqui on September 10, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    The Pakistan Captain and Coach forgot that Pakistan won the seond T 20 out of sheer luck . In the 2nd match the Australian,s had demonstrated their explosive capabilities . What we did not need to do for the third match is to retain non performers like Shoaib Malik and Imran Nazir . Why is Sami not given the chance ? He alone hasthe pace to contain the batsman from scoringnfreely . Pakistan desperately needsto prune out from the Team the non performers . Selection process should be on all Pakistan basis and merit should be the only criteria .

  • Amjad Hasan on September 10, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Once again Pakistan has blundered in Team selection . Selecting. Yasir In place of Sami was a big mistake . Sami has the pace which would have made it difficult for Australian,s to score freely . Equally big mistakes continuing to keep playing Shoaib Malik andImranNazir.howthese two continueto retain their place is one of the bigger,ysteries of Pakistan cricket.

  • Rav on September 10, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    MAY BE BECAUSE HIS ACTION IS SUSPECT.

  • Werrasinhaya Lasipamnura on September 10, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    A very well written articles. "Perhaps Ajmal’s failing is that he represents an unfashionable cricket nation?" sums it all. It sounds more like trying to play the victim (racist) card attempt. Vernon had bigger impact and he played England on pitches where English batting thrives not on dust-bowls where English batting crumbles even before the enter ground. Philanders avg is 17 and Ajmals is 24 . That's a lot of difference.

    SL batters gave SA performance a lot more importance than a series against Pakistan in UAE, which I suspect they played as pure formality with complete disinterest.The moment SL played to potential the Pakistanis lost the series in SL. The motivation was just not there and getting wickets against them was easy.Even Indian bowlers managed wickets when they played SL in meaningless ODI series recently. Philander average in his only tests is enough to supersede Ajmal. But if Ajmal is really good , he will keep up his performance and win it next year if lucky

  • SN Qazi on September 10, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    It will be very wrong to keep on playing tried and failed horses likeShoab Malik and Imran Nazir . Chances hoy FBR given to Sami andYasir. Also AbdulRazaq deserves to bat at number 4 or 5 .

  • NAVEED on September 10, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Caution to ICC look at the number of persons who are interested to take part in discussion about AJMAL is this not enough for you guys to consider your decision. ???

  • Rupert Greaves on September 10, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    People, before you write, THINK. Ajmal's exclusion has nothing to do with which team he plays for. He is a Pakistani by birth - not his decision. It has nothing to do with at which venues he played his cricket, that is an ICC decision. Only the ICC can explain and if after reading all of these comments (I hope they do read them) they are still the gentlemen that they want us to believe they are, they will explain their decision instead of acting high and mighty.

  • Rupert Greaves on September 10, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    You people just don't get it. The best batsmen in the world were unable to pick Ajmal. The ICC were also unable to pick him.

  • Rupert Greaves on September 10, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    You people just don't get it. The best batsmen in the world were unable to pick Ajmal. The ICC were also unable to pick him.

  • staphylococci on September 10, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Just Have a Look on the history of ICC awards. Every yer you must find on from India and Australia and it is necessary for the survival of ICC. So they must ignore the more deserving players from other nations in order to honor Indians, Australians and Now England

  • Mahfuj on September 9, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Bangladeshi sakib al hasan is better then swan.

  • Hasnain on September 9, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    It was really disappointing for me.... I don't understand the criteria of selection. Ajmal is far better than Vernon Philander.

  • arslan khan on September 9, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    1,2 & 3 in all three formats ... i was just wondering what icc will do if he gets all 3 spots by the end of feb ...

  • Shabir on September 9, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    A very well written articles. "Perhaps Ajmal’s failing is that he represents an unfashionable cricket nation?" sums it all

  • W@rfi on September 9, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    It obviously shows the bias-ness in such an advanced age. Such a shame on faces who excluded S.Ajmal ...

  • satar khan on September 9, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    no doubt saeed ajmal is the best bowler of the world and he deserve the award.this is not a justice to a cricket.player & cricket loving nation.

  • Ajmal Fan on September 8, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    In itself it is a magic to hail from a country that produces and worships fast bowlers. Ajmal is truly a 'jadoogar'...a 'magician'.

  • Farooq Tahir on September 8, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    we need no certification from ICC, good to hear from Indian friends about ajmal, he is an asset for the game not only Pakistan. I just hope this decision will make him more determined

  • amdad gardezi on September 8, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    unjustice with ajmal

  • Expansion on September 8, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    It is very sad to know that ajmal hasn't been included in the ICC's award list.Even if he is included in the award list ICC's credibility won't improve.

  • Nouman Ali on September 8, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    who's care ICC.

  • ah on September 8, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Looks like Misbah has a disliking for the quikies. He prefers spin over fast bowlers but the bowling coach is a fast bowler. Isn,t it surprising.

  • sudarshan on September 8, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    I am a big admirer of Ajmal. He is the best Spinner in the world right now. If he was playing for England, He would have got Double reputation what Swann has now. I haven't seen a single batsman who played Ajmal with ease. But Against Swann many played with ease, examples, Rahul Dravid and Hashim Amla.

    I am from India but Wanted to see the contest between Ajmal and Rahul Dravid in tests(Who is probably the best player of spin along with lara For nobody judge length better than these two, Though their way of playing differs largely in mode, but kind of similar in style, pressing forward n rocking back.) It's Sad that it didn't happen n Dravid retired. I am sure even Ajamal would have disappointed with the fact that he never got the chance to bowl the Indian great batting line up (with RD, Sachin, laxman) in tests to test himself up.

    Great Spinner. Wish Pak play more test matches with better countries more often, especially India.

  • Rushan Mohamed on September 8, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    presently Ajmal is the best bowler in all formats since they fail to hold catches. Don’t bother about this ICC awards. everyone knows his talent. go Ajmal & Pakistan ahead.........

  • Rushan Mohamed on September 8, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    presently Ajmal is the best bowler in all formats since they fail to hold catches. Don’t bother about this ICC awards. everyone knows his talent. go Ajmal & Pakistan ahead.........

  • Rahul ved on September 8, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Ajmal is 1 of best bowler of pakistan cricket team...he took most of the wickets of top order batsman..you are the best.

  • Javed Hasan on September 7, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    In the second T 20 Pakistan is paying the penalty of poor Team selection .Afridin should have been selected instead of Shoaib Malik . While Afridi is no longer a batsman he still an outstanding bowler. Shoaib Malik is neither a good batsman nor a good bowler. How he manages tomget selected is great mystery.,

  • Why Ask on September 7, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Between 4 Aug 2011 and 6 Aug 2012

    Saeed Ajmal (Pak) 44 55 907.0 156 2765 120 HMRKB Herath (SL) 35 46 874.1 151 2544 84 GP Swann (Eng) 34 42 617.1 79 2181 71 R Ashwin (India) 40 44 609.1 48 2417 70 SCJ Broad (Eng) 28 37 536.5 103 1806 69 KAJ Roach (WI) 22 30 432.2 57 1687 66 SL Malinga (SL) 39 39 323.2 19 1755 65 Umar Gul (Pak) 37 46 489.5 76 1945 65 M Morkel (SA) 25 35 429.5 77 1565 60

  • azmat ali on September 7, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    If u want to keep Saeed in ICC award list it is only possible to boycott award ceremony and make it conteroversial like Inzamam did in Eng in a test match.For SAEED keep on doing best

  • fredj000 on September 7, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    i'm a england fan, i saw ajmal in UAE destroy us, he deserves to WIN let alone be nominated!

    Pakistan cricket has been through a lot of rubbish but the ICC could at least help them out when they are clearly turning a corner. If it's too much for them to make him win the award for whatever reason then at least nominate him in the shortlist to give him the credit he deserves.

    Pakistan have a very promising team. Could they shock the world and get the Test Mace? Plenty of bowling options, Ajmal, young exiting batsmen, a great captain. They're looking pretty dangerous. Can't wait for their series in SA in Feb...

  • ferix on September 7, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    @ Vic - Clarke wasn't nominated for ODI player of the year. Guys, Saeed Ajmal was selected as the only spinner in the ICC team of the year. So he was indeed recognised as the best spinner in the world in 2011/12. It's just that for the ICC cricketer of the year, he wasn't judged to be in the top 4. The top 4 was selected by a group of independent experts, including former Pakistan captain Aamer Sohail and Pakistan journalist Majid Bhatti. Thank you and good night!

  • Vic on September 7, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Bipin - that was really funny keep sending this to lighten the mood

  • Vic on September 7, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    LalitModi –really amazed the way u have analyzed the facts in favor of Veron You said Veron has played against better teams whereas both Veron and Ajmal has played against Eng and SL (NZ is ranked 8 in the ICC ranking I don’t know why u think it is a strong team). Ajmal didn’t had the chance to play against Aus but the way he mesmerized them in ODI and T20 you can imagine what he would do in test U said Ajmal have played in UAE but didn’t mention where Veron played these test matches? let me guess in Sub continent – he played on lively pitches that are tailor made for quicks; Veron has an avg of 17 runs per wkt whereas Ajmal has 24 - ask any statistician averages are deceiving as it doesn’t tell the complete story’; plz dig what is avg of other bowlers playing in the same match + what was the avg score by inning for all the test matches n then compare the facts But please don’t take me wrong Veron has done remarkable well and he deserves a nomination but so does Ajmal

  • Ishtiaq Ahmad on September 7, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    ICC must explain the criteria through which they excluded Ajmal. Each of cricket fans will then be able to design a criteria to fairly exclude all of their selections. Don’t worry Ajmal keep it up. Fans who are unbiased referees are with you. We appreciate your success, brilliance, intelligence and skills.

  • bipin on September 7, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    in my opinion the reason for ajmal exclusion is his bowling actions.

  • Hyder on September 7, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    First of all mates we would have to decide on what criteria icc player of the year award nominees are decided, Is it not the one with the most wickets in a year a deserving candidate because that's what the aim of the game is.Oh wait then,criteria must be who is the best dancer on the pitch.

  • Vic on September 7, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Ferix – not debating Clark's inclusion in test but my friend only one century come on do you really think its good enough to get a nomination?? Ajmal is the best ODI bowler (as per ICC ranking and as per millions of Fans) - he is consistently performing in the game which is heavily biased in favor of Batsman Hope you got the point

  • talha jamshed on September 7, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Ajmal is far more better than any of the other spinner in the world of cricket right now.I think he is even better than the great Saqlain and Murali.No comparison between Ajmal and Harbhajan because most of Harbhajan's wickets came when batsmen look to hit every ball in the last overs of the inning(only by bowling darts) while Ajmal took most of his wickets by bambozling the top order batsmen.And Ajmal always prefer to bowl at the depth on the other hand Harbhajan seems to avoid bowling at the end.Ajmal's performance since 2011 is beyond awards.He is truly the winner of every award.Remember Tony Greg saying 'in my world 11 i will pick Ajmal as my 1st choice and after that I will pick my captain.'That tells the whole story.

  • Aqdas on September 7, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    A meaningless award.Ajmal doesnt need it to prove his worth.Having said that Pakista should boycott all awards the ICC sanctions.we gave the dull world of cricket reverse swing and doosra.if cricket doesnt recognise us...hello soccer

  • ferix on September 7, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    @ usman: in 2011/12, Clarke in tests: 112 in Sri Lanka, 151 in South Africa, 139 against NZ, and then 329* and 210 against India. In ODIs, he scored 656 runs at 46.85 with 1 century and 5 fifties. Didn't know that? Don't follow cricket much outside of your beloved Pakistan team?

  • Ray on September 7, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Asad you must be a real Pakistani cricket fan! You say that Saeed Ajmal is the best in the world, that may be accurate today but how can you say that he always will be? Also Australia may have been clueless against him but let's not forget that they still managed to beat Pakistan in the longer version of the game. AND this is a poor Australian side. Agree with you that he demolished England, the number one rated side at that time just had no idea against him. I would love to face him as I want to understand why he is so difficult to bat against!

  • ABLcric on September 7, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal is a magician, with or without award. Full Stop!!

  • Yasir on September 7, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    It’s a bit sad to see that a well deserving cricketer is not getting his due share – apart from stats, his greatness can be summed-up by just following the pre series interviews of all the captains that have played Pakistan in the last one and half year – everyone has mentioned repeatedly Ajmal as a key threat (just ask Aussies if you don’t trust me). Pre series Hype around Ajmal is far more than any of the nominated players (though all deserving in my humble opinion but none more than ajmal)

  • Aslam R. Khan on September 7, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    I hope PCB will not shy away from boycotting thevaward ceremony . This is the least they can do.

  • SD_Khan on September 6, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Just trying to elaborate the magical world class spin bowler Mr.AJMAL, Here it is.

    When he throws the ball, it is just like a flying butterfly in the air , while the batsmen try to play it like a child in the garden which is jumping here and there to catch that dangling beauty(butterfly) without any clue about its movement.

    Mr.AJMAL is a Master of spin like Bruce Li the Master of kungfu. Mr.AJMAL is a Fighter like a brave knight. Mr.AJMAL is Ambitious like a King of victorious army. Mr.AJMAL is courageous like a warrior without any fear.

    Simply, he is like a clever magician who uses right spells on right time.

  • Syed Imtasal Shah on September 6, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Just read all the comments and special thanks to all the Indians :0 love u all for commenting as neutral. I think i dnt need to add anything.. U cant praise him in words.. Magician

  • Hamza Junaid on September 6, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    @Marcus South... As the article also stats "ajmal 122 wickets across all three formats the second closest to ajmal is a distant 84" YEAH ur right CASE CLOSED on who deserves the nomination... and ajmal excelled in all three formats unlike the players above... CASE CLOSED

  • Hamza Junaid on September 6, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Agreed with the article... i thought it was going to be a tight one between sangakara and ajmal on who would win it but it didnt even cross my mind once that they wont even nominate him... Totally bizarre... But then again these awards are not what will determine whether he is a hero or not... for cricket fans he is already known as the best spinner in the world currently... best of luck to ajmal... and ICC they just can give that little toy to someone else wont change the fact that ajmal was far better!

  • Asad on September 6, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal is the wizard! He is the best in the world, and always will be, Australia were clueless against him and so were England in the tests! He will always be know as THE GREAT JAMAL!

  • Asad on September 6, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal is the wizard! He is the best in the world, and always will be, Australia were clueless against him and so were England in the tests! He will always be know as THE GREAT JAMAL!

  • LalitModi on September 6, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Logic is Vernon has 56 wickets @ 17 runs apiece against Eng/Aus/NZ/SL some good teams. Ajmal has @24 runs and that too most in UAE against SL/Eng/Zim.

  • abmughal on September 6, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    dont worry about the awards. keep it up ajmal. action speaks louder then words. in world t20 ur bowling will speak louder then our words

  • Marcus South on September 6, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Amla - 915 runs in 10 tests @ 65 Clarke - 1355 runs in 14 tests @ 59 Sanga - 1444 runs in 14 tests @ 60 Philander - 56 wickets @ 16.7 Ajmal - 72 wickets @ 24.3

    Philander has a strike rate of 16.7. Thats a lot more better than Ajmals . Case closed on who deserve nomination

  • Marcus Dad on September 6, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Posted by: marcus at September 4, 2012 10:37 AM is "unfashionable" an attempt to play the race card? Or a nice way of saying "a country who have most often brought the game of cricket into disrepute?" Either way quit moaning and focus on winning series again and prove England wasn't an aberration....

    "My dear Marcus did you ever read history?? if not please do so" ... Cricket is a Gentlemen's game isn't it? then why your Great nation's newspaper planned a cruel way of disreputing the Pakistani players. History speak thousands words, Country known for Treachery and Lies.......I think this is enough for you. We have taught u a great lesson in 1992's world Cup. So chillax and next time please don't write anything bad about my country.

    Long Live Pakistan.....!

  • nasir on September 6, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    You know Bollywood's Amir Khan does't even attend award ceremonies!!!

  • Sardar Khan on September 6, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    We need some game loving officials in ICC.

  • Usman on September 6, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    @ mr ferix would u plz explain on wht basis clarke slectd only one innings against indian attack on his home ground

  • Ahmad Farooq on September 6, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Ajmal Bhai,,, All the Pakistani nation is with u. u r our hero... I think this is the best award for u. i think there is no bigger award than that,.

  • Shahzaib on September 6, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Philander's inclusion is baffling, only 10 matches, and amazingly no matches on sub-continent soil where his true mettle would have been judged. In contrast Ajmal has played all around against top competition and has shown how good he is. So really ICC and their judges are too partisan to include a Pakistani in a list of fashionable cricketers.

  • Syed Hussain on September 6, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    AJMAL has proved himself and doesnt need anyone to back him up, he's done his talking through his bowling. Nobody is pleading for an award, we are only asking ICC to review their decision and recognize the hard work AJMAL has put in to be where he is now!!!

  • ferix on September 6, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    In 2011/2012, Ajmal has only played tests in UAE, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. No matches in South Africa, Australia, England, India, West Indies and New Zealand. I know it's not his fault or the Pakistan team's fault that he hasn't played there, but that is the fact. It is the reason why he wasn't selected as one of the top 4 cricketers of the year. This seems perfectly logical to me.

  • Malwin on September 6, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Tony Greig called him greatest bowler in world and every Pakistani fan is quoting him. Ever since Tony commented against IPL /BCCI it seems he has suddenly become a very knowledgable , respectable and best non biased commentator with integrity for certain fans. On other hand Ian Chappel , Danny Morrison and others who have expressed questions over Ajmals action are useless commentators with no cricket knowledge because they say white is white and black is black unlike Tony greig who was ready to be part of ICL but since he got no IPL contract he thinks IPL is evil .Oh BTW has toney Greig yet commented on how IPL is responsible for Ajmal not getting nominated theory yet. My guess is he will say ICC was pressured into not nominating Ajmal since Ajmal does not play IPL. Hey but wait -Do clarke ,amla play IPL?

  • Musa_Kenya on September 6, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Dear Ajmal.

    It doesnt matter what a 4 member panel thinks of you!, what matters most is with the ball in your fingers everyone sits back and enjoys watching you, you are awesome cricketer. they wouldnt have awarded anyway even if you were in the short list, Inzi was once shortlisted for all 3 awards, and we expected he will bag some if not all of the awards bt he ended up winning none, Mohammed Asif Lost out the following year when he was clearly the front runner for the emerging player of the year. So in this regard and knowing the world politics of cricket. No Pa kistani will ever win any of the ICC awards.

    Take heart and continue entertaining us. You are the best.

  • Monish Mohtaj on September 6, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Pleading for reward is not something to be proud of. Asking for aid is another thing. People saying Aussies played ajmal with fear..well they still won series and Ajmal could not create a winning impact. Similarly grabbing a load of wickets against clueless ENglish batsmen is not imapct. The English loose in SC regularly purely becos they cannot play spin of anyone.Besides most umpires are suspect about Ajamals bowling action but for fear of their jobs, because of political implications, keep them quiet. Pakistan has this habit of painting every event as THEM vs US as a nation conspiracy.Please get out with this "Agree with us or we boycott you" kind of tendency. It failed in IPL case well and now PCB is pleading BCCI to accept its players in IPL whereas in 2008 they protested and boycotted in a similar manner thinking IPL will fail without their stars.Nothing of that sort happened but PCB itself isolated itself from IPL/CL20 and now after repeated pleadings were allowed back .

  • ray on September 6, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    I think this whole thing is a joke! ICC should be recognising and appreciating talent and skill, both of which this guy has in bucket loads. I watched the T20 against Australia yesterday and all the commentators were describing him as the best spinner in the world. Tony Greig called him the best bowler in world cricket. You can only watch and marvel at the skills of Saeed Ajmal. If the ICC and their judging panel want to discredit themselves, that's up to them.

  • Syed Hussain on September 6, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    ICC should look at the facts and stop being so naive, AJMAL has proved himself in all formats of the cricket. He is the leading wicket taker in qualifying period for the awards. He destroyed England's test team when they were number 1. Finally yes Ajmal does not need ICC's recognition, but this action of icc is injustice to all the players and will question ICC's creditbility in years to come.

    p.s Pakistan Management need to wake up and kick Misbah out of the ODI enitrely and make may SAEED AJMAL the captain or select new young captain!!!

  • Iftikhar Alam on September 6, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Cricket is the game of numbers. Just see the numbers and not what the jury has decided. Analyse the recent series pak Vs Aus, how aussies played Ajmal the fear and doubt in their mind like which bowl going in what direction still searching for that. Ajmal keep it up, you are the best.

  • MSRA on September 6, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Don't worry Ajmal, Keep it UP, Ur a rocking star of whole Cricketing Word.

  • kamran khan on September 6, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Ajmal is a great bowler and i think a great player no need any award.

  • Yasir on September 6, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    The Only Reply To the jury is just watch today's ICC ranking Update.Who is No.1

  • jamil on September 6, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Good articles to see.People are mentioning about semi vs Auz and semi vs india but the thing is we should comment on the basis of records and the situation in which these records are made.No bowler on earth is comparable to Great Ajmal in records,in match winning performances and to handle the pressure situation. he is no doubt a great bowler on earth.I am agree with saeed (above) ICC cant award the great bowler .ICC is just port being used by riach crickting nations.

  • MHumairanwar on September 6, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Dear Garolian Mazdon, please remember ICC gives award on on-field performances and not on communicational skills. If you are right, then Rafel Nadal should not be given awards as more of than not he speaks Spanish.

  • Saqib on September 6, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    It is great to read all the comments coming from different nationals. I really appreciate how u all guz think fairly and rationally. We are living in unjust system and this is just another classical example of it that the best bowler for last two years is not selected among the best....

  • Saeed on September 6, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    ICC Can't award your masterclass because they dont have award for this type of brilliance, I don't have word to describe your performance, Keep it up and good luck.

  • Tiger on September 6, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Without a doubt Ajmal is just superb! Just like Murli at his prime, it is a treat to watch Ajmal. However, we the fans of cricket, should not just sit around pretending that ICC awards don't matter. They have to matter and ICC must feel the pressure that fans create, start sending the message across, after all cricket is because of the fans, not to serve few ICC members. So put aside all your trivialities and start writing letters to all cricket editorials and concerned media. This is our game, it has to serve the fans purpose and will!

  • jameel ahmed on September 5, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    ICC decision could not be wrong ,ajmal is not great bowler that can be awarded,,he takes wickets only on spin and dead pitches of UAE,,,Warn,Murali,Mushtak, and Kumbley were far better then him

  • Garolian Mazdon on September 5, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Must apologise for not having proof read my last post. I think I wrote utternances for utterances. Sorry

  • Aatif on September 5, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    Agreed with the article. But TBH I don't care about the awards. Anyone who has watched him bowl or been unfortunate enough to face his bowling knows what a class act he is. I have never seen top batsmen like the great Tendulkar look a school boy facing him. Warne, Murali, Kumble, Qadir, Mushtaq etc were great spinners, but the mystery with Ajmal is on another level. He is way more interesting to watch IMO.

  • Imran on September 5, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Thanks and Good to see some fair and supportive comments from indians. No one should take ICC seriously anymore. Nice article.

  • Abbas on September 5, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    Who cares abbout ICC awards, all cricketers/fans know how good he is.

  • Abbas on September 5, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    Who cares abbout ICC awards, all cricketers/fans know how good he is.

  • Ray on September 5, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal is an absolute 'magician' with the ball in his hand. I love watching him bowl and every time I see him bowl on tv the commentators are raving about the skills of ths man. Makes a complete mockery f the ICC awards! Doesn't matter which nation you play for, this guy s a special talent.

  • Umar on September 5, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Does anyone remember ajmal vs sachin tendulkar duel in world cup semi final. I think sachin is the best batsman to judge a bowlers tendency. When Sachin couldn't read him who else will. Also please tell me where did vernon philenedr took his wickets. Just two good tracks in england and he got just 4 wickets in 4 innings. So sad.

  • Umar on September 5, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    Does anyone remember ajmal vs sachin tendulkar duel in world cup semi final. I think sachin is the best batsman to judge a bowlers tendency. When Sachin couldn't read him who else will. Also please tell me where did vernon philenedr took his wickets. Just two good tracks in england and he got just 4 wickets in 4 innings. So sad.

  • Umar on September 5, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Does anyone remember ajmal vs sachin tendulkar duel in world cup semi final. I think sachin is the best batsman to judge a bowlers tendency. When Sachin couldn't read him who else will. Also please tell me where did vernon philenedr took his wickets. Just two good tracks in england and he got just 4 wickets in 4 innings. So sad.

  • Yorker on September 5, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    @ Posted by: harish at September 4, 2012 1:04 PM ------------------------------------------------ I agree with you completely.

  • Yorker on September 5, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    @ Posted by: Mayuranaratnam selva at September 4, 2012 11:22 AM --------------------------------------------------------------- Can you name any other bowler who has performed that way against those teams "can't-playi-spin-well"?

  • Umar on September 5, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Well some people are writting that Ajmal is taking wickets on spin friendly tracks that may anyone tell me the case of vernon philnder? On which tracks did he took wickets, england played africa on 2 batting tracks in first two tests and how many wickets did vernon managed.? Well i forgot that the jury consists of those people who have man of the match to warner when doug bracewell destroyed australian batting power.some say he can't bowl against indian batting then what about world cup semi final, does someone remember that bowling. Wow

  • Yorker on September 5, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Posted by: marcus at September 4, 2012 10:37 AM ----------------------------------------------- Can you explain exclusion of Ajmal from the shortlist?

  • Cric_Fan on September 5, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    @marcus: 3-0 is never a aberration but humiliation.

  • Tamal Datta on September 5, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Dont blame bcci for this...........Despite being an Indian i feel Ajmal not only should v nominated but should v won that award.....consider his performance 120 wkts vs 84 wkts.......thats a huge difference......that too it has come against playing d then no1 team england...........he must win this not only nomination......by d way BCCI has to do nothing 4 this.....

  • roshan khan on September 5, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    He certainly deserved the award leave aside being in the top 4-5 picks. Some of his critics here mention the t20 semi final world cup against Australia, that match is not part of the timeline for this award. Just because a player played bad in one game does not mean he is to be written off forever for awards. critics should look look up 'match winner' in their dictionaries to better understand what term means. A player who performs regularly and is placed as the top wicket taker for their team and enabling them to white wash the number one test team is a match winner in my books. It clearly does not make any sense, hoping that the selection comittee can explain the rationale behind this snub. Also UAE is not home pitch for Pakistan, if the indian batsmen can take "home advantage" playing on flat pitches and be considered for awards then why not Ajmal. Pakistan did not have much series overseas so he perfomred at home, until he fails elsewhere he should be up there for period considered

  • Titoo on September 5, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Saeed ajmal is a magician. He make ball talk. No one in this world is able to play him. We proud on u.

  • Bilal Bajwa on September 5, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    Mayuranaratnam selva I can just laugh at your comment "Play against Srilanka and India and see how they thrash Saeed Ajmal". Just for your information he has played most test matches against Srilanka 9 with 47 wickets against Srilanka, Out of 9 matches he played 6 in Srilanka against Srilanka with 27 wickets. How ignorant you are. Please correct your stats and if India is not playing against us then what Ajmal can do about that and tell you he will thrashed them just like he did to Srilanka.

  • Hassan on September 5, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    @Ryan....very well said, an objective comment. Pakistan cricket must focus on winning and improving their performance. Awards do give a kick to the player and the nation but getting is not worth if you're shadowed by controversies or losses in the game. Team Pakistan is doing well and I hope they retain focus on the game.....winning or losing is a part of the game, what matters is the effort.

  • Rajat on September 5, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Why PCB has to beg everyone for everything? First begging to be allowed into IPL, then begging to have tours and games with India to get some money, and now begging for an award?? PCB and Pak cricketers don't have any self respect at all.

  • Rajat on September 5, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Well this is a very one sided article from Kamran - disappointing because I have almost always liked Kamran's articles. If you are talking about the plus'es of Ajmal and hyping him up, let us talk about the minuses also. His action is being scrutinized by every country and umpire and he will be in a lab very soon, guaranteed. Secondly he is mostly performing on helpful pitches in helpful conditions, and against teams that don't play spin at all. It is definitely justified that he is not considered for any awards. Make perfect sense to a neutral cricket enthusiast.

  • Mohnish on September 5, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    @Mark Pedersen (Denmark) : If you saw the Worldcup Semifinal and dancing Indian batsmen ,I am sure you must have also seen Kohli dancing in Asia cup when he scored the 183 and that attack included Azmaal . Point I am trying to make is one match does not define a player or team perfomances to be categorised as bad or good

  • Rashid Siddiqui on September 5, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    I always enjoy reading your article. I think you have hit the nail on the head. I just love your sarcasm "Perhaps Ajmal’s failing is that he represents an unfashionable cricket nation"

  • Zafar on September 5, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Best thing Ajmal can do is to continue performing the way he does. Forget these nominations etc.icc surely must have realised thier mistake by now.they are just not brave enough to find the details.

  • Abbas Mustafa on September 5, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Reading all the comments it is fair to say the everyone agrees that Ajmal taking 120 wkts in one calendar year deserves to be the Cricketer of the Year but I guess the ICC Committee thought otherwise they didnt even short list him. Well ICC the public is watching and they dont agree. Ajmal you are the best and cricket lovers know that.

  • Waqas Akram on September 5, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    It is very stupid of those who start mentioning the matches that Pakistan lost because of Saeed Ajmal. First of all, I am sure all of us will agree that these cricket players are humans as well. Every player in the history of cricket have made mistakes. Name any great player and I can tell you at least 10 matches that their country lost because they could not perform. So please give a break to this innocent chap. Also he has proved himself against every opposition except South Africa and India which we will see very soon. He is not part of Shortlist so be it. He said it rightly that he will work hard this year to be in the Shortlist next year. That is the best response to 32 member committee who picked those 4 players.

  • haq33 on September 5, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Someone mentioned the T20 semi-final loss against Oz. Well the fact that you can remember the exceptions prove the rule that Ajmal's poor performances can be counted on one hand. He very very rarely costs us a game. That is why he is so good and highly rated. EVERY OTHER member of that top 4 group has had numerous failures. Even the great Amla has had some very lean patches. Ajmal has truly been consistently good since his arrival. Silly panel of pseudo-experts. I am sure Amir Sohail fought his corner well but the rest of them probably can't respect or didn't bother to read the simple figures that prove Ajmal's dominance and bullied Sohail into submission.

  • amitjohn on September 5, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    he z undoubtly the best spinner in the world..but he has done it in turning tracks of UAE unlike graeme swann doing regularly in green pitches.Azmal has nt proved against indian or lankan batsman who r da best spin players.He needs more time to prove himself.he need to show his skills in england aus s.africa & india and then we can say that he z a master...

  • Ashraf Janjua on September 5, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    The ICCs decision in not including the name of Ajmal for the award is flawed . The problem is that how can PCB protest effectively when its own selection process is totally flawed . If merit returns for selection of Teams by Pakistan we will rule the world once again as we used to do .

  • Shamshad Ali Khan on September 5, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    PCB should not attend the Award Ceremonynin view of the non inclusionm of Ajmal for the award andvrejection of it's appeal . However , more importantly the PCB should look at it's own flawed selection policy with it's big absence of merit and transparency . Take theinclusion of Shoaib Malik who has not performed as as batsman or bowler but he continues to be selected . Isn,t Sami both a better bowler and also a batsman? Same is the case of Kamran Akmal , he very easily qualifiesfor the title of the world,s worst wicket keeper . Sarfaraz is amuck better wicketkeeper and also batsman com pated tomAkmal . Why is he not included ? Also , one of the best all rounders for ODIs and T20!s I'd Abdul,Razaq . He would make an excellent Captain for both ODIs and T 20 s . Politics keeps him out so often . PCB should also look at the performance of Misbah . He is totally unfit to play in ODIs . When has he played a match winning inning in the last 3 Years ?

  • Javed Hasan on September 5, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Since thelast ten years or so the PCB has had a very tough policy on the inclusion on cricketers in the Team specially from Karachi who are non Punjabi speakers or cannot speak Punjabi . If PCB wants to restore the old glory in cricket for Pakistann selection should once again move towards merit.

  • Bilal on September 5, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    "Perhaps Ajmal’s failing is that he represents an unfashionable cricket nation? WHAT DID U MEAN ??????

  • A.Ali on September 5, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Ajmal is byfar the best spinner in world today. English and Australian fans are always trying to put pressure on Ajmal by calling him "Chucker", they tried this with Great Murli and Shoaib in past and now it is Ajmal's turn. England and Australia don't have any decent spinner who can take wickets any where in world.

  • Astronaut on September 5, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    I'm an Indian, and I'm annoyed to hear that Ajmal isn't nominated for the cricketer of the year award. That's ridiculous and discriminatory.

  • Talha Shahzad on September 5, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    All of u who are saying that he has taken wickets only on spinning tracks are right. But just tell me one thing, had not Philander or Anderson have taken wickets on green tops not in UAE or India. And we will see Anderson very soon being hammered by India. So, give the bowlers due credit bcoz Swann also bowled on UAE tracks as well but wasn't impressive at all..... Cheers!!!!!

  • Ali on September 5, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Tony Greig said i would rather face Shane Warne than Ajmal. That sums up everything that how talented and dangerous bowler he is. Ajmal doesn't need an award. He is a master a magician and down to earth guy. Not being nominated for the award won't bring him down. He will continue to be successful and even more potent. Keep it up Saeed Ajmal, we love you. Hats off to Saeed Ajmal. God Bless

  • Saha on September 5, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    @Vishal, words of gold, no better words to explain it. Yes who cares about these awards when the people know it all. Beauty of this game is that the fan know much more about quality and stats than the experts themselves.

  • ADEEL on September 5, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Ajmal... We are proud of you we dam care about these nominations... We respect your art and love your bowling.. Keep it up

  • sushant on September 5, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    i am an Indian and there always is fierce rivalry btw India and Pakistan. But having played the game and being in love with it leaves me amused and amazed on not seeing Ajmals name in the list..sometime back he supposedly said something about Sachin( Sachin is the god of cricket..we all love u and u please keep on playing forever and ever and ever..) for which i hated him, but for all his faults u still can't ignore his on-field display...his performances have been top notch and this shows in his record. Winning or not winning the award is a separate thing but not having his name in the shortlisted list is unfair to ajmal, his performance, pakistan cricket and the world cricket on the whole..He deserved tobe on that list.

  • Joseph on September 5, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    All you have to do is a quick web search and you'll find players and officials in multiple countries questioning Ajmal's action. I found examples in WI, India, England, Australia and NZ. So it has nothing to do with race. There are videos all over the net! The great wonder of the modern game is not the fact that permitted actions have deteriorated so badly in recent years, but that everyone from the officials, players, administrators and even the public are forbidden to mention it. How on earth did this happen? Problems in the game need to be openly discussed, and protecting fragile national egos should not be a consideration

  • Arshad (Canada) on September 5, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Ajmal You are a beauty. Ajmal we love you, the world love you, as you can see the response to ICC from all over the world.

  • Sreekanth on September 5, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    @Raja S - You don't have to blame BCCI for everything. There was not a single indian in the panel that selected the shortlist, and there is not a single indian in the shortlist (or longlist) either. So, how does BCCI or India come into the picture here?

  • HARIS on September 5, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    ICC has nominated those who hav performed well last year. bt for me Ajmal performed alot wel from all those. ICC always rejects Pak player, dont worry ajmal u r world best spinner u r the king of spin. and king just give award not get it

  • rachit on September 5, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    has everyone gone mad...blaming the BCCI and india for this as well??? if it really is a BCCI conspiracy, why isnt an indian in the final list? can Najam and Raja S pls answer that?

  • jabbar ahmed on September 5, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    ajmal is currently best spinner in the world...if icc exclude his name in cricketer of the year,its not matter...ajmal still best bowler...and on other hand only one person who's deserve cricter of the year is HASHIM AMLA.....Amla is best batsman in the world..

  • Partha_india on September 5, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Ajmal is the best spin bowler at the moment in the world..... Steyn the best fast bowler..... Sangakkara the best wicket keeper..... Amla the best batsman..... Shakib the best all rounder

  • Rabbit-R on September 5, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    ICC you are losing fans not only in Pak but all over the world. "the ICC’s expert panel has ... done little for the credibility of the awards." true? have ur say ICC...waiting for your explanation

  • Mush on September 5, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    The way in which Saeed Ajmal bamboozle Aussi top order it was just fantastic i can bet that no one in the world can clearly pick Saeed Ajaml and it will be further prove when Pakistan will play against South Africa and India in coming months. So weather ICC consider him or not it doesn't matter at all!!

  • Tahir_Anjum on September 5, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    @ Vishal and @ Mazher Patel : Wow Yaaaar what a Splendid way to admire someone. Thanks for supporting Pakistan Cricket. ICC always hhas been rude towards Pakistan. Saeed is really unlucky. Great work Kamran Bhai. Keep it up

  • Nishant Gupta on September 5, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    A strong and good Pakistan side is great for the game of cricket because no one possesses the flair they have. SAEED AJMAL is by far the best bowler in this UNIVERSE. South Africa/ India/ Australia/ SL is unable to understand his varieties of VARIETY in Bowling. He is mesmerizing the WORLD with his MAGIC. Tony Greig - World XI - 1st Choice will be Saeed Ajmal. Ajmal's aggression is just like a Fast Bowler. An Undisputed "King of Spin" - The Master of Magin- When the Bowl in his hand. Hope his magic inspires lots of youngsters. He is the flair, rock star, magician and he is in which side (Pakistani Side) - where there is no Cricket in their country..In spite of this, he is the best spin bowler, world has seen ever..All the batsmen of world are trying to read his "DOOSRA" or "TEESRA"..and he always win the battle with his "PEHLA" and his "CHAUTHA"- FOURTH ONE IS YET to come..Good Luck to all batters..Great Entertainer..'A MUSIC IN GROUND-While AJMAL BOWLS'-Words are not enough to praise.

  • CC on September 5, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Once a suspect always a suspect, his bowling action I mean. There are still some umpires that still suspect his action but are afraid to speak out because of the political implications these days.

  • Jack on September 5, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Ryan makes an excellent point.

  • CricketPissek on September 5, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Ajmal definitely deserves recognition, but these ICC awards are always quite dubious. Murali wasn't included in the inaugural ICC World XI although he had a record breaking year. His response "I don't need this award, I already have world records against my name". And for the record, Shoab Akthar was included in that XI! So maybe "fashionable" is precisely the word that should be used with these ICC awards. For those arguing whether he or Swann is the better spinner, they are so different in style and technique it's almost like the old Warne v Murali comparison. Just sit back and enjoy two very different ways of bowling off spin and two great exponents of it. I personally wish I had Ajmal's variations, Swann's amazing drift and dip, and the accuracy/temperament shown by them both.

  • MazharAli Khan on September 5, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Why isKamran Akmal in the T20 Team . He cannot keep wickets andthe cannot bat , why is he brought in again and again? Why was Sarfaraz not brought in . He is both a much better wicket keeper nada batsman.

  • Iftikhar Ali on September 5, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    I wash Ajmal was playing in the T20s Team for Pakistan. Further , need is these forAbdul Razaq to Captain Pakistan for T 20s and ODIs . Misbah , Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat need to be retired.

  • KSB on September 5, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    @Hitesh, @Vishal @Suresh, @Hitesh Feel good to see all of your nice comments about Saeed Ajmal and Pakistan as well, thanx all of you. As ICC is concern ICC is biased regarding Pakistan, Saeed Ajmal is game changer and match winner whether He is rewarded by ICC or not.

  • appaji on September 5, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    AJMAL IS THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS POTENTIAL TO TAKE OVER FROM WARNE,MURALI,KUMBLE & SAQLAIN. THE PRESENT LOT: a)SWANN-GOOD but needs to do well against India in India b)NARINE - Best prospect after Ajmal b)HERATH - Average, has done well only in SL c)R ASHWIN -OJHA - Too new to test cricket to be rated d)SHAKIB & CO - Good as a unit, not individually.

  • Abbas on September 5, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Another good article Mr Abbasi...

  • SJ on September 5, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    @Mayuranaratnam selva: I suggest see the video of Ajmal's 7-55 performance against England on Youtube. Its not a "spin-track of UAE", the ball hardly turned. Its simply the batman's inability to distinguish the doosra from the off-spin/straighter one and the variations in speed and angles. In fact, one can assert that Ajmal is more dangerous on a wicket that does not turn as much, because he then does not have to change the line for the doosra, making it difficult for the batsman. It may be different in India, because of the quality of the batsman, and because the wickets might turn more, but that is a separate issue. It does not appear to me that you have an open mind, but in the event that I misjudged you, I encourage you to read the article by Mike Selvey in the Guardian, particularly the concluding paragraph.

  • Rauf on September 5, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    ICC is completely impartial and void of any politics handing out these awards.

    While I believe that, I also believe that water is absolutely not wet and pigs do fly in good sunny weather.

  • Rizwan on September 5, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Ajmal should be there in the list as he's currently the best spinner in all forms of the game ...Agreed his test performances were special & deserve recognition, but Philander has'nt done anything of note in the shorter version .So nominating him ahead of Ajmal for the "Cricketer of The Year " is baffling !Ajmal single handedly demolished the English batsmen & even bamboozled the Lankans , who are supposedly good players of spin ...In the WC semi-final , he troubled all the Indian batsmen with his variations including the "Master" himself !Sad to see him missing out ..ICC , sorry to say , U are a bunch of loosers ...Nice to see people from other countries , particularly India coming in support of the 'magician' Ajmal !

  • Armaghan on September 5, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Cricketer of the year should be truely based on the perfomances in three domains i.e. test matches, one days and T20s as mentioned by one of my friend. During the time allocated for the awards, I think Saeed performacne is phenominal. If Philander is there, it means they are considering test matches as the only criteria for the Cricketer of the year awards. It should be clear that what is the criteria for the selecting players, so we can argue. Saeed Ajmal is the best spin bowler and he deserves amongst all other candidates considering all forms of the cricket.

  • imran on September 5, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    No matter Ajmal got selected or not he is a hero, a magican, a true entratainer.we Love U Ajmal.

  • mani abbasi on September 5, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    No doubt Ajaml is currently the master of spin and better dan rest.. but me also concern y he is so late in Pakistan team ? is this lack of selection merit or still we need reference alone with talent ... wish him for his future and long circ for nation...

  • Abhi_IndiaFan on September 5, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Ajmal - first bowler on a world XI team sheet - even before Steyn and Morkel, and way before anyone else in world cricket. Has re-introduced the art of spin, and his complete decimation of England was a joy to behold.

    Politics have cost him the nomination. He should win and not accept the award.

  • Faisal on September 5, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    @ Mayuranaratnam selva, if you think bowling to SL will test the waters for Saeed Ajmal, then I would say how conveniently you have forgotten Pak - SL series last year where Ajmal shared "man of the series" award with Sangakara. Now giving the fair share I would surely admit that Sanga is an outstanding cricketer and Ajmal sharing that award with him just shows his stature as a bowler. Just so that you know, he took 18 wickets in 3 tests there. Don't know how else you want Ajmal to prove his skill against SL great spin-playing batsmen. There is no harm in praising or acknowledging someone's skills, try it out.

  • Khurram on September 5, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    His skills apart. He always gives his 100% nomatter the target is 150 or 350.

  • James Carlisle on September 5, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    I think Pakistan and Ajmal should not be concerned with ICC recognition. They have been isolated for a while now. I agree with the writer's opinion of an 'unfashionable nation'. Pity, its the same country which produced legends like Wasim, Waqar and Imran (to name a few). He is a top bowler and whether the ICC choose to appreciate that or not is I'm sure not on his mind. Pakistan must get back to winning ways and stop giving away games where they hold the advantage. A strong and good Pakistan side is great for the game of cricket because no one possesses the flair they have.

  • Mazher Patel on September 5, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    ICC thinks that "Ajmal" didn't deserves the award , but I think that ICC didn't deserves to give award to "Ajmal" because Ajmal is the "King of Spin" and King always gives awards, they never received awards.

  • Aqrum on September 5, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Seeing comments from different nationalities just shows that talent and being good transcends everything. Anyone who truly loves and understands cricket admires the talents of this wizard of a bowler. Hes an asset to the game. And snubbing him would only raise him higher and it would reach a point where even haters will have no choice but to admit and recognize his craftsmanship.

  • ajaz shaikh on September 5, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    i am an Indian and a great fan of cricket. i even watched Zimbabwe and Bangladesh cricket. saeed ajmal is a great bowler no doubt.Pakistan lost the match because of akmal brothers and your hero afridi. its really sad to see pakistan has no fast bowlers.

  • Shahzan Haider on September 5, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Really I feel shame for the ICC's action having not selected Ajmal, the historical bowler. Such bowlers like Ajmal are born once in centuries. Players like him should be respected and honoured always. He must be awarded the best bowler of the year. The brilliance and mastery that he has in his bowling, is matchless. Honestly speaking he deserves to be awarded with 'Sir''s title. He's the KNIGHT of Pakistan who's always busy in his challenging expeditions in forlorn and magical realms of the world. He's a magician and should also be titled as 'Father of Innovative Spin Bowling'(FISB). He's the Saamri of cricket!!! Love Pak Cricket from Muscat,Sultanate of Oman(Shahzan Haider Bukhari)

  • Ahmad Saeed on September 5, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal needs no certificate or award from ICC for telling the world that he is the best bowler bowler in the world. The fans love him and his performance shows it all, i must say, "He is a magician". Evey one would agree this, This is the right award.

  • Waqar Yasar on September 5, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    A world class bowler vs a world of politics, Ajaml you have already won the hearts and minds of fans from all over the world. Cricket loving fans are with you,don't worry even if you don't get nominated as a champion don't need metallic awards but appreciation and recognition which you already have gained, keep us entertaining..... God bless you.

  • shams on September 5, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    once again he destroyed even though Pakistan does not taste win. Back in Australia when he started disturbing them and all other sides of the world. This time he is world's best bowler i will not worry if icc don't give him award because this he is supported by all cricket lovers.

  • SAID MUHAMMAD AFRIDI on September 5, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    saeed ajmal ,,,,,,,,,,,, king of the spener he is a very good bowler in the world .......... i am so sad for missing icc awords

  • Behzad on September 5, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    I've never seen such a top class spinner in my whole life of 30 years, he has all the varaties in hi bowling, what else a bowler can achieve then 120 wickets in all formats of the game, he has sweeted all the world class players in his short tenure of Int'l cricket, Eng has lost their world No.1 position, becasue of Saeed Ajmal's brilliance, its a very sad fact that Saeed belongs to a nation which don't have any credibility in ICC, and bearing a heavy financial losses. ICC will consider him surely after the complaint logged by the Poor PCB.

  • JavedHasan on September 5, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    I fully agree . Now ,as for the just finished ODIs In my view Pakistan,s loss of the series is due to very poor Team selection . Misbah is totally unfit forthw ODIs Team . He hs not,made a fifty images . Further , hitting a four for him Is Abigail challenge . The best ODIs player available for Pakistan is Abdul Razaq . He is kept out becauseHe will steaL the show and there will be a move to make him Captain . Why is Kamran Akmal ontheTeam? He is certainly the world,sworst wicketkeeper . He cannot bat as we L.

  • Vishal on September 5, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    I'd call Pakistan the most fashionable cricketing side. When I say fashionable, I mean for on-field exploits. I can't remember a single match involving Pakistan that can be termed "boring". As for Ajmal, he is THE BEST bowler in the world right now. What does it matter what an awards committee thinks? Think about it, Gandhi never won the Nobel Peace prize while Obama got one just for getting elected... and that has to be the single most prestigious award in the world. If they can goof up like that, useless awards like ICC ones should be expected to have howlers every year.

  • Shadab Raza on September 5, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    G.R.E.A.T article. I wanted to say something like that and you have given me words. Thanks for writing on this.

  • Andrew Morenson on September 5, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    Are you forgetting the thrashing Saeed Ajmal got in the WORLD T20 SEMIFINAL against aussies. He was the reason pakistan failed to defend their title and a small matter of 195 runs!

  • asad on September 5, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    What? Ajmal has been excluded from the ICC 2012 awards list? You've got to be kidding me!!!

  • Talha on September 5, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    These matters can only be resolved if transparency is introduced. And this seems to be out of the realm of possibility. So I would say that just scrap the awards, and enjoy watching the spin doctor demolishing the batting greats, just what we have been watching earlier through qadir, mushtaq and saqlain. The satisfaction that we all get when ajmal bowls cannot be measured by an award. So why shout for it. Let others have it who really need this to cherish, as they have been unable to give birth to such legends which Pakistan has always produced. Forget a mere award and look forward to life after that. Pakistan Zindabad! Ajmal Zindabad! :)

  • taimur on September 5, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    @Sai I acknowledge that there are Indians that also sympathize with Ajmal's exclusion, but Pakistan's anger is not targeted towards you. Don't confuse the Indian people with the Indian cricket board. It's the behind-the-scenes actions of BCCIs which grind our gears! Trust me, when some Pakistanis try to tell me quite brashly that Indian batsmen are nothing and Pakistani batsmen can smash the daylights out of your bowlers, I disagree with them strongly. As a Pakistani, I appreciate some of the gr8 batsmen your country has produced such as Dravid, Ganguly, and Laxman. I had the privilege of watching them bat when they were in their prime. Every time India and Pakistan play, the more intriguing of the two sessions is when Pakistan bowlers play against Indian batsmen, as that's where all the quality lies. But I've made my point! Don't mistake our anger at your cricket board as hatred against your country.

  • Cricket Fan on September 5, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    @ Raja S, i feel sorry for your Shortsightedness, why on earth would the BCCI stop Ajmal from being nominated.. if you rate the power of BCCI so highly then by your standards they should be able to get R ashwin in place of ajmal in the shortlist? ever thought of that? about your comparing the fast bowlers from both countries - lets apply the same logic towards batsmen of both countries - You seem jealous of the fact that pak can produce batsmen of india's class like Sachin,Sehwag,Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly, Azhar or Virat, Raina.. enough said - lets stick to the topic!

  • Khurram Tabassum on September 5, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    "If i were to pick World XI, my first pick would be Saeed Ajmal" Tony Greig.

    "He is a magician." Robin Jackman

  • Mark Pedersen (Denmark) on September 4, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    @Mayuranatnam Selva. I think you are wrong. Ajmal did play india in semifinals of the world cup and I am witness to indian batsmen including the great Tandulkar dancing to his bowling and they looked like some tailender of non-test playing nations. India won the match though, purely due to 6 dropped catches another pakistani speciality. Sirilanka played Ajmal and every one knows how it was. Great Warne never got success in India but Pakistani spinners specially Qadir and Saqlain.

  • Brett on September 4, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Could not agree with you more - it is unbelievable ! If you look at just internationals in 2012 across T20,ODI and Tests he has a phenomenal 78 wickets so far at an average of just over 19 and a strike rate of 37 which is 23 wickets better than anyone else. He would be in my team for sure in all formats and definitely one of the 5 best players

  • Hamzach870@gmail.com on September 4, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    Ajmal really deserves this award.he is a real talent ,he bowls on ground with his mind not with hand,at all he is a good entertainar.

  • shafique2438 on September 4, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    ajmal should have been included in that so called shortlist. during australia series in ODI's he was outstanding bowler grabbing more wickets than any other bowler. even clark and both hussey's was afraid how to play him. one more thing, to me i feel its rubbish descision to grant T20 captaincy to hafeez. he does compare imran nazir , nasir jamshed, ahmad shehzad. in T20 kamran akmal should open the innings along with imran nazir, hafeez should sit outside. shoaib malik should play all three formats specially in one days and T20. he is far better ODI batsman and bowler than azhar ali and shafiq

  • Hassaan Zaheer on September 4, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    saeed ajmal has excellent stats against spin playing nations srilanka nd india as well...!

  • nadeem sharifuddin on September 4, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Ajmal is currently the best spinner in the world. I as a cricket fan don't care whether he gets the award or not but the way he blasted #1 ranked english team was just amazing to watch. Material awards do not matter to me, to me he is currently the best bowler in the world if you account all 3 formats performances. Ajmal you are a magician.

  • Ejaz on September 4, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Very well said Hasan about Muricelago.

  • Engr. Waqas Siddiqi on September 4, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal is oNe Of de BEST Bowler in Da World . So, He must be considered for the award.

  • Waqas on September 4, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    He is the best spinner in the cricket world

  • Shyam on September 4, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Quoted from Jay, "Ajmal is a genius. Watch him perform and enjoy. He often cleans up the opposition's head not tail." Second that!! Saeed Ajmal deserves every bit of recognition based on sheer skill and performances.

  • amir on September 4, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    ajmal is the best player in my eyes. he is a horo win or lose

  • Majid Hassan Butt on September 4, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    @Marcus ............. Mate you are comparing two different formats of the game. Winning over England was not a fluke. Winning one test match is not a fluke, winning three in a row, give me a break. Pakistan is probably the most consistent team in test cricket for the past 2 years. We have risen from ashes to number 4 spot on ICC test rankings. ODI team needs a new captain and some planning.

  • Excellent_Said on September 4, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    All comments, one answer. make things calculated properly. Ajmal is best dusra off-spinner, with Mendis and Ashwin next to him. Player has to prove a potential in their team's winning to be proved as match winners. I think, all those man-of-the-match/series awards that should be counted with against given ranked team, apart from run-average and wicket-averages against given ranked team in right proportion to prove who was most valuable player of the year. There should be minimum percent of games per version in count too. Minimum two versions should be MUST for best cricketer awards. This will provide analytically best impact player of all teams for the year. Hope some rules and analytical calculations will come out soon.

  • Mudassar on September 4, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    @Mayuranaratnam selva: Overall his Average against SL is 29.53, bettet than many other greats of spin against sub-continent teams.

  • Mudassar on September 4, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    @Mayuranaratnam selva: ""Bowl well to SL and India and see how they thrash him because both play spinners better."" Dear re-check Ajmal'record against SL... U r funny:-) hahahaha Agaimst SL his average is 26.7. Got it?? India never get a chance to fave him so save them till that time.

  • Shamim on September 4, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Actually Ajmal is exceptional bowler so he is not considered for the award. Just like if u compare the best test batsman of the world than do not count Don Bradman as Don is exceptional, uncomparable.Presently, among all the spinners like Ashwin, Swan Dohathy,peterson,Herath,patel etc etc.Most of the good player of spinners do not feel much threat than playing Ajmal or Murlitharn or Shane Warne. This fact is known to all. Let ICC do the way they are doing. Ajmal keep on doing ur good job, We are really enjoing watching him that how some of the best batsmen are handling him.

  • SN Qazi on September 4, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    I hope the PCB wil Boycott the meeting at which the awards aregiven unless the ICC takescorrective action .m

  • 10Dulkar on September 4, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Without a doubt the best spinner in world cricket over the last 2-3 years. Instead of going ga-ga over fair weather spinners like Swann or Bhajji, let's applaud the champion that Ajmal is.

  • Swat 19999 on September 4, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Azmal one of the greatest sppiner. ICC no way to avoid him. I really surprised who are the people who judges for ICC??

  • Yasir on September 4, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    A lot of people think that Ajmal is good only in UAE. Pitches don't make you a good or bad cricketer they do give you certain advantages or disadvantages at times which is why we have the law of averages. A person scoring a double hundred on a flat track is no different than a bowler taking 10 wickets on a helpful track. Keeping in mind that anyone who has actually watched UAE games they aren't dust bowls or rank turners just offer a bit of help to bowlers like Ajmal but at the end of the day you still have to bowl well to take wickets. Also it's the same for both sides so if pitch was the only reason how come Swann wasn't effective in UAE? As for the award the way I understand it, it's about who has been the best cricketers in the last year and if you think that a bowler who has taken the most wickets (across all formats) by far is not worthy of being in the top 4 there is something wrong with that picture not that it really matters to people who have enjoyed watching him bowl...

  • shabbir on September 4, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Ajmal is a mystry bowler of spin, but yet is not a match winning bowler. He played well in the begining of the matches, but on the crucial times of the games when needed to perform, he failed. He could not handle the pressure, for example T20 semifinal, and last one day match against Austraila,where he got failed in the last part of the game where he needed more to show his greatness. There are a lot of other examples. So, I think he needs to improve a lot to become a match winning bowler, no doubt he is an excellent spinner, but not a match winner yet.

  • Ismail on September 4, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal is a real genious, he just not have the variety but also know how to use it. ICC is bias from the day i,m watching its operations. We love Saeed Ajmal and he is our hero and the bias people will recognize his talent when they will miss him in the cricket, just like Wasim Akram who is more recognized after he left cricket.

  • ac_Indian on September 4, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Big mistake, Ajmal should have been there.

  • Malik Murad on September 4, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    It is really un-understandable why Ajmal's name has been ignored.I agree with you Kamran on your comment: "Perhaps Ajmal’s failing is that he represents an unfashionable cricket nation?". There could be no justification from the ICC Panel who shortlisted the candidates for the top award, rather they would be embarrassed to see Australians batsmen dancing on the pitch while playing against Ajmal's bowling. These Australians had no idea to face the off-spinners, top-spinners and ofcourse the mystery bowl 'doosra'.....

  • harish on September 4, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    whatever may be the reason, he deserves an ICC nomination. But given the current situation, i prefer that Ajmal should not accept the award even if he wins it. That will be a perfect lesson for ICC.

  • Jay on September 4, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Ajmal is a genius. Watch him perform and enjoy. He often cleans up the opposition's head not tail.

  • dsig3 on September 4, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Get over it. He is taken alot of wickets on surfaces that are perfectly suited to him. There is nothing wrong with that but you could argue that there have been better performers. Crying "poor me" will not help Pakistan. No-one feels sorry for you guys any more, we dont even need to go through why. The world has its own problems without looking after an immature baby.

  • Hasan on September 4, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal's non inclusion in the ICC player of the year is not very surprising. I will explain briefly. There was a bull named mercialago in spain and it was tradition to eat the bull after a bull fight, but mercialago fought against 8 bullfighters and still survived. For the first time ever they spared its life for its bravery...centuries later, a car manufacturer called Lamborghini named their greatest car "Mercialago". Some years later...ICC will remember "OUR" mercialago for his magical spin bowling :)

  • AG on September 4, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Ajmal is the best spinner going around. And yes, he should've been part of that list and not overlooked. However, I would've preferred if his exclusion was debated only on the basis of his performances. Mr. Abbasi, you are guilty to stoking fires unnecessarily. Already you have nut jobs claiming on this post that BCCI is behind everything that's wrong with Pak cricket or for its sufferings. We could've done without it.

    Pakistan has won test matches, but their rehabilitation into international cricket is incomplete till they really start playing at home again. But is that really the reason behind Ajmal's exclusion? Or is it that people responsible for selection have an innate bias against the "doosras"? Did you hear Tony Greig last night? Envy, is more likely....

  • Satish on September 4, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Let us be a little bit more fair mates. That is a list of 4 and many people are going to miss out. All the guys who missed out are plainly unlucky. Ajmal is one of them and the foremost. Does it need ICC nomination for great performances to be noted? A big NO! Fans will always enjoy good cricket inspite of it being rewarded by the ICC!

  • Adnan on September 4, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    The ICC better have a very good explanation for this or it will send negative image of the ICC across the world. The ICC is already under scrutiny because of being under influence of the BCCI as very rightly pointed out by Tony Greg in his Cowdrey Lecture. Am sure they r going to say; his action is controversial but that will be avery lame excuse if it is made.

  • Ali on September 4, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    "Perhaps Ajmal’s failing is that he represents an unfashionable cricket nation?" Kamran this was the last ball dosra ... Very well written article ... Wake Up ICC and atleast those people who are in panel ... what else you need from Ajmal ... 120 wickets in all formats still not in the short list .... just a shame ... but don't worry awards means nothing to Ajmal ....

  • Raghav on September 4, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    I completely agree with what is written over here....Ajmal is a world class player..one of the best spinners I've ever seen in my life...he gives his whole heart to this beautiful game and is the first choice of a spinner in any world XI....but I think with this struggle....he might be included in the short list...but i am afraid that he can never have the honor to win this.

  • Bosco Martyres on September 4, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Once again the series with the Aussies in the UAE has revealed weaknesses in Pakistan's team. Kamran Akmal as wicket keeper? I thought we had banished him for good. A captain with common sense? How on earth can you change Saeed Ajmal when he has just taken three wickets and has Australia on the ropes? Also the decision to appeal an umpires verdict should be made by the bowler, wicket keeper, and one other person who has a clear view of the action ( e.g slip fielder)

  • Haroon on September 4, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    @Ryan: I have some friendly advice for you. Shelve your prejudice and preconceived notions about Pakistan before allowing yourself to type. Pakistan have lost one out of their last 8 test series. That list includes England, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Also factor in that none of these series were played at home. Besides, this forum is not for discussing how Pakistan have done as a team. This is about individual recognition for the best spinner on the planet.

  • Asad Riaz on September 4, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Saeed is indeed an extraordinary spinner with exceptional performance since he came in international cricket.

    His absence from the ICC List is a surprising for any cricket lover. He has been exceptional and magical in the last year. For all those who say that concentrate on winning the game. I would say that these ratings have been made to highlight individual performances irrespective of whether team is winning or loosing. All game lovers cannot and SHOULD not let a person be be deprived of what he so clearly deserves.

  • Haroon on September 4, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    @marcus: the only one playing the race card in that comment is you, and that is disappointing. The fact that you associate an entire nation with the reckless acts of a few individuals speaks volumes of your inherent prejudice and automatic stance towards pakistan. That is akin to me saying England's exclusion of players of Afro-caribbean players is an act of racism. Or that Mervyn Westfield shows match fixing in endemic in the English game. Grow up please. As for Ajmal, If winning matches was the criteria for being nominated as best international cricketer, I would agree with you. Winning this coveted award is recognition of your talent and a celebration of your genius. The number of setbacks Pakistan have had in the last five years are staggering, so yes, a small win such as this would have gone a long way.

  • nauman on September 4, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    My question is how can somebody is in the shortlist of # "Cricketer of the year" when he is not even playing all three formats of the game. He should be only consider for that format which is he playing like Philander does not even play Odi's and t20s and yet he is in the short list of "Cricketer of the year".

  • Mayuranaratnam selva on September 4, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Bowled well against Australia , England and got heap of wickets. Well any subcontinent spinner can do that especially on spin tracks of UAE. Remember warne in UAE in 2001 got Pakistan out for 50s in both innings against quality batters . Thats spin class.

    Bowl well to SL and India and see how they thrash him because both play spinners better. Overhype after getting no spin playing nations is not good.

  • faiz on September 4, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    it is really very poor selection by the ICC. PCB is right in lodging the complaint . this has brought the issue up for discussion and for ICC to realise their bias and poor selection. finally the panel which selects the players need to be scrapped .we should write to the individuals in the panel about it.

  • John on September 4, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    I can't understand how this list works. How is it that Younis Khan, AB de Villiers, Alviro Petersen and Chanderpaul all have higher averages than Clarke, but don't figure in the list? One innings of Clarke - 329*- shouldn't give him preference over them, they too have performed consistently over the last year. That too, that innings of Clarke was against a thoroughly off-colour Indian attack.

  • ANNU on September 4, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Its really nice to see comments coming from other nationals also in favor of Saeed. I think that's his award for me. All are supporting Ajmal due to is brilliance and outstanding performances. Keep i up Ajmal, don't worry about awards.

  • Brigadier "Tony" Mahmood SJ FF on September 4, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    If I had to select a current World XI, my first choice would be Saeed Ajmal: after that I will take a rest !!

  • Hitesh on September 4, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Ajmal is far better than likes of Swann(For english media, he is the best spinner).. He must be considered for the award.

  • Suresh on September 4, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    I don't care about what ICC thinks of Ajmal.. I mean he is one of the finest exponent of spin bowling and would continue to entertain cricket lovers from India like me .. I always think awards are big motivating factor but in this case ICC thought otherwise .. They always supported rich boards .. Sad that PCB cannot do anything other than appealing .. I think Pakistan cricket team is now in a big transition and they need all the support from all the member boards and ICC .. no step motherly treatment please ..

  • Suresh on September 4, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    I don't care about what ICC thinks of Ajmal.. I mean he is one of the finest exponent of spin bowling and would continue to entertain cricket lovers from India like me .. I always think awards are big motivating factor but in this case ICC thought otherwise .. They always supported rich boards .. Sad that PCB cannot do anything other than appealing .. I think Pakistan cricket team is now in a big transition and they need all the support from all the member boards and ICC .. no step motherly treatment please ..

  • Raja S on September 4, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    The ICC and BCCI Mafia have ensured that only the batsman is given any prescience in the modern game. Bowling is the physically and psychologically more draining art in Cricket. Fast Bowlers go through body and bone breaking injuries and need to remain i optimum and peak physical condition.

    Wheras Batsman have scored runs with broken arms, hamstring inuries and even the use off runners. A bowler has never in the history of the game had a runner. India have never been able to produce bowlers of the quality or anywhere near the quality of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammaed Asif, Mohammed Aamer, etc etc and they gave up trying in the 90's. Their efforts included such greats as Javagal Srinath, Ajit Agarkar, Venkatesh Prasad, only Zaheer Khan had more speed, the rest can be called fast Medium pacers at best. Now due to the 2007 shootings they are simply ignoring pakistan as they cannot produce or compete on a regular basis with pakistans natural talent.

  • marcus on September 4, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    is "unfashionable" an attempt to play the race card? Or a nice way of saying "a country who have most often brought the game of cricket into disrepute?" Either way quit moaning and focus on winning series again and prove England wasn't an aberration

  • Najam on September 4, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    I guess pakistani representation in ICC panel was close to nothing that was the main reason guy like ajmal has been discarded from the list. ICC has always been biased to aussies, england and now Indians. PCB should also protest and even boycott the award cermony if ajmal do not get inclusion in the list and also Aleem dar being the best umpire in the world having record of almost 100% will not get the award this time around only due to the biasness nature of ICC.

  • ryan on September 4, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    The real question is why are you all so obsessed with ICC recognition? What difference does it make? all cricket watchers know he has been brilliant. Focus on winning games of cricket, which by and large pakistan havent done except for that test series against England (spectacular as that was), that should be your goal. Not these frivolous awards, its a list of 4 not 40, he hasn't been that badly snubbed.

  • Spintastic on September 4, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    ICC nomination or not, we the fans are still very proud of you Ajmal. You are single-handedly holding the spin baton that was passed on by previous greats like Saqlain, Mushtaq & Qadir.

    We wish you continued success, Insha Allah.

  • Faridoon on September 4, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    You're certainly right about the token gesture. With protest coming from so many quarters ICC is bound to now include him in the shortlist. But, win the award, he will not.

    With regards ot the final ODI, it was a big big gamble to play 4 spinners. Right at the toss the gamble was lost when they were asked to bat first. Anwar Ali, the perpetual bench warmer, should have played one game at least. Afridi looked completely out of sorts, dropping a catch, getting hammered for 60 plus runs, scoring next to nothing.

  • Saud on September 4, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    "Perhaps Ajmal’s failing is that he represents an unfashionable cricket nation?" You've hit the nail on the head Kamran.

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  • Saud on September 4, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    "Perhaps Ajmal’s failing is that he represents an unfashionable cricket nation?" You've hit the nail on the head Kamran.

  • Faridoon on September 4, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    You're certainly right about the token gesture. With protest coming from so many quarters ICC is bound to now include him in the shortlist. But, win the award, he will not.

    With regards ot the final ODI, it was a big big gamble to play 4 spinners. Right at the toss the gamble was lost when they were asked to bat first. Anwar Ali, the perpetual bench warmer, should have played one game at least. Afridi looked completely out of sorts, dropping a catch, getting hammered for 60 plus runs, scoring next to nothing.

  • Spintastic on September 4, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    ICC nomination or not, we the fans are still very proud of you Ajmal. You are single-handedly holding the spin baton that was passed on by previous greats like Saqlain, Mushtaq & Qadir.

    We wish you continued success, Insha Allah.

  • ryan on September 4, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    The real question is why are you all so obsessed with ICC recognition? What difference does it make? all cricket watchers know he has been brilliant. Focus on winning games of cricket, which by and large pakistan havent done except for that test series against England (spectacular as that was), that should be your goal. Not these frivolous awards, its a list of 4 not 40, he hasn't been that badly snubbed.

  • Najam on September 4, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    I guess pakistani representation in ICC panel was close to nothing that was the main reason guy like ajmal has been discarded from the list. ICC has always been biased to aussies, england and now Indians. PCB should also protest and even boycott the award cermony if ajmal do not get inclusion in the list and also Aleem dar being the best umpire in the world having record of almost 100% will not get the award this time around only due to the biasness nature of ICC.

  • marcus on September 4, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    is "unfashionable" an attempt to play the race card? Or a nice way of saying "a country who have most often brought the game of cricket into disrepute?" Either way quit moaning and focus on winning series again and prove England wasn't an aberration

  • Raja S on September 4, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    The ICC and BCCI Mafia have ensured that only the batsman is given any prescience in the modern game. Bowling is the physically and psychologically more draining art in Cricket. Fast Bowlers go through body and bone breaking injuries and need to remain i optimum and peak physical condition.

    Wheras Batsman have scored runs with broken arms, hamstring inuries and even the use off runners. A bowler has never in the history of the game had a runner. India have never been able to produce bowlers of the quality or anywhere near the quality of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammaed Asif, Mohammed Aamer, etc etc and they gave up trying in the 90's. Their efforts included such greats as Javagal Srinath, Ajit Agarkar, Venkatesh Prasad, only Zaheer Khan had more speed, the rest can be called fast Medium pacers at best. Now due to the 2007 shootings they are simply ignoring pakistan as they cannot produce or compete on a regular basis with pakistans natural talent.

  • Suresh on September 4, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    I don't care about what ICC thinks of Ajmal.. I mean he is one of the finest exponent of spin bowling and would continue to entertain cricket lovers from India like me .. I always think awards are big motivating factor but in this case ICC thought otherwise .. They always supported rich boards .. Sad that PCB cannot do anything other than appealing .. I think Pakistan cricket team is now in a big transition and they need all the support from all the member boards and ICC .. no step motherly treatment please ..

  • Suresh on September 4, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    I don't care about what ICC thinks of Ajmal.. I mean he is one of the finest exponent of spin bowling and would continue to entertain cricket lovers from India like me .. I always think awards are big motivating factor but in this case ICC thought otherwise .. They always supported rich boards .. Sad that PCB cannot do anything other than appealing .. I think Pakistan cricket team is now in a big transition and they need all the support from all the member boards and ICC .. no step motherly treatment please ..

  • Hitesh on September 4, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Ajmal is far better than likes of Swann(For english media, he is the best spinner).. He must be considered for the award.