County news February 9, 2012

Worcestershire re-sign Ajmal for T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Saeed Ajmal's bowling may be a little less mysterious than it was 24 hours ago but Worcestershire are still confident the Pakistan spinner will be able to tie county batsmen in knots this summer and have brought him back for their Friends Life t20 campaign.

Ajmal, who is currently second in the ICC's Test and Twenty20 bowler rankings, as well as top of the ODI list, was named Man of the Series after taking 24 wickets in Pakistan's Test whitewashing of England. Ajmal, 34, had an impressive spell at the county last summer and Worcestershire's director of cricket Steve Rhodes was pleased to have secured Ajmal's return.

"Saeed showed last summer what a quality bowler he is," Rhodes said. "His recent performances against England only go to back this up and we are delighted that he has agreed to return to New Road for a second time."

A World Twenty20 winner with Pakistan in 2009, Ajmal claimed 16 FLt20 wickets at just over 11, with an economy of less than six, last season as Worcestershire finished fifth in the North Group, a place shy of reaching the quarter-finals. He also took 17 wickets in three County Championship games, as the club rallied to secure their Division One survival.

Ajmal said: "I really enjoyed my time at New Road in 2011 and look forward to returning this summer to help inspire the club to Friends Life t20 success."