County news April 6, 2012

Ajmal to pull out of Worcestershire deal

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Saeed Ajmal, the driving force behind Pakistan's Test series victory against England, is to pull out of his deal to be one of Worcestershire's overseas players in this year's Friends Life t20 competition.

Ajmal will cite a need to manage his workload ahead of additional international commitments for Pakistan, who are confident of announcing a series against Sri Lanka shortly.

Ajmal's wife has also recently given birth to the couple's third child, a son, who predictably has already been nicknamed Teesra - the 'third one' - after his latest mystery delivery.

It will be a major disappointment for Worcestershire, who had signed one of the most appealing cricketers in the game. Ajmal was also their best bowler in last year's T20 competition. He claimed 16 wickets in eight games, conceding fewer than six runs an over and averaging 11.37 per wicket.

Worcestershire have yet to hear official confirmation of Ajaml's withdrawal, though they were aware of plans for the Sri Lanka series which have been mooted for a few weeks. They have yet to make contingency plans.

The PCB has also yet to decide whether to allow Junaid Khan to play for Lancashire. The left-arm fast bowler has recently recovered from knee injury and, while he has applied for a No Objection Certificate, the PCB have yet to grant it.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • K.A.K on April 9, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Congratulations to Akmal family on the arrival of teesra. This is a great news. It would have been great if Akmal could have played for Worchestershire this season. May be he can send his elder son to represent him there.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on April 8, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    @Nadeem1976 : England has a solid SYSTEM in place unlike Pakistan and a few other subcontinental teams. It is not just England, but most international teams think his action is not legal. I am sure if he goes to England, his action will be properly scrutinized, and if it is legal, he will be OK.

  • johnathonjosephs on April 8, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    I'm not sure if this is a joke or accidentally came out of the page 2 section.

  • Nadeem1976 on April 8, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    I hope he don't go to england this time because they will find defect in his bowling action. He is best spinner in the world and we don't want to lose him.

  • StatisticsRocks on April 7, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    Congrats Mr. Ajmal on the "Teesra" . May you and your family be blessed with health and prosperity. Ajmal is a great human being and fantastic cricketer. If only we have the pleasure of seeing you play in India in a test match series agnst us. @Mughal29173: The news is about Ajmal playing county cricket and the birth of their thrid child. How in the world you managed to bring India into the mix beats me. Really dude u need to get a hobby.

  • Vilander on April 7, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Ajmal is a good cricketer, but yeah India got him..

  • bharath74 on April 7, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    @mughal, still u r unabe to digestthe fact that u have lost to india!!

  • mughal29173 on April 7, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    Great news. I am surpised how indians are celebrating it after going out of Asia Cup.

  • getsetgopk on April 7, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    Amazing character, very humorous and down to earth guy, never looses his temper no matter what, people like bob willis criticized him on live tv but he handeled it all very nicely by going on BBC and make a bit of fun of the whole issue truely a great person and a wonderful cricket. congratulations on the Teesera, may you live long to see them prosper.

  • xylo on April 6, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Congrats to Saeed Ajmal, and kudos to the person who invented the nickname ;-)

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