County news November 15, 2013

Ajmal returns to Worcestershire

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pending the required paperwork and approval, Worcestershire may have pulled off one of the signings of the English winter by bringing Saeed Ajmal back to New Road for the 2014 season.

Ajmal previously represented the county in 2011, taking 16 wickets in eight Twenty20 appearances and 17 in three Championship matches.

According the current Future Tours Programme (FTP), Pakistan have no international cricket scheduled after the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, which concludes around the time the English season is likely to begin, and when they are due to host Australia in October 2014.

Given the fluid nature of touring schedules these days that could well change, but it appears likely that Ajmal could be available for the majority of the season.

Steve Rhodes, Worcestershire's director of cricket, said: "Saeed fitted in to the dressing room fantastically well in 2011 and his experience at the highest level can only be a massive boost to our young squad.

"To sign a world class player of Saeed's quality shows the stature the Club has in the world of cricket and demonstrates the county's determination to challenge for honours in 2014."

Ajmal said: "I'm looking forward to returning to New Road for what I hope will be an extended stay. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our short time in Worcester during 2011 and I hope to be able to contribute to a successful 2014 campaign."

Worcestershire finished fifth in Division Two of the County Championship in 2013, and failed to progress from the group stages of the YB40 and Friends Life t20.