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."

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  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Excellent news. Shame I see no news about Shakib coming back to Worcestershire. But Ajmal is a legend, and we are happy to have him!

  • Titoo on February 10, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    A living legend Very difficult to pick his wrist. He dose not give chance to batsman to adjust about his length. County should pick some more players from this series.

  • Zuhaib on February 9, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Umar Akmal,Asad Shafeeq,Mohd Hafeez and Azhar Ali should also sign any county for whole county season and PCB should give them permission by this they can improve their game specially in BOUNCY and GREEN wickets...

  • shahid on February 9, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    @Tsubomi, not few seconds. actually less than a second while facing his faster one. According to him no one could spot his teesra yet and at the end of the series, he is gona tell us about his teesra.

  • Ali on February 9, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Well.. even if the mystery is revealed, batsmen won't be able to play him easily :), everyone was saying how to pick his doosra, off-spin, watch the wrist, arm etc, but we all saw what happened. it's just matter of few seconds. you have to decide and hit the ball. not an easy task to solve with theories...

    Good luck to Ajmal. I hope he will get man of the series in FLT20.

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