County news February 14, 2012

Ajmal's county stint in doubt

ESPNcricinfo staff

Saeed Ajaml's move back to Worcestershire this season could be in doubt because of Pakistan's proposed tour of Sri Lanka. Ajmal had signed to play in the Flt20, which begins in June, but now may be unavailable because of international commitments.

Ajmal played a major role in a short stint for Worcestershire in the latter half of last season. He took 6 for 124 against Sussex at Horsham to bowl Worcestershire to a victory that went a long way to securing their survival in Division One of the County Championship.

He bamboozled England in the recent Test series with 24 wickets, helping Pakistan to a 3-0 whitewash, and Worcestershire were keen to bring him back to New Road in 2012.

"We were aware when we signed Saeed that there was the possibility of Pakistan touring Sri Lanka," Worcestershire chief executive David Leatherdale told Press Association Sport. "There has been no definitive answer. We don't know if they will be touring or not.

"Saeed has signed for us and he is desperate to come. He is a class act and if he can't come back it will be a blow. If he is available then fantastic, if not then it will be a real shame but we will look at some other plans."

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  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    we have many great players in our country but anyone not see their performance every one came into his source not comeing in merit thats not good for our team

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    @RandyOZ: Even SA is poaching from Pak in Imran Tahir.

  • Muhammad on February 15, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    @ RandyOZ on (February 14 2012, 16:21 PM GMT) yeah, as SA is also importing spiners from Pakistan i. e. Imran Tahir.

  • Muthuvel on February 15, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    If Ajmal goes to county he will be found and he will loose his hold on gora teams, careful guys.

  • Shahbaz on February 15, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    This is the time to give chance to youngster like Ahmed Shahzad, Nasir jamshad as opener for Srilankan tour...ajmal should play for pakistan as long as he can play rest of his life he can play county or club cricket anywhere in World. And Please remove Sirfarshi Players like , Faraht, Shoaib and Wahab from team v don't need them.

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Ajmal can be replaced by Abdur Rehman

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    dis series is on..!! pak vs sl

  • shahid on February 14, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    They should take Raza Hassan or Salman Qadir. Salman is a good no. 7 bat too. Look at his performances in under 19 tour of SA last month.

  • Randolph on February 14, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    England need Ajmal in the county system, they can't play spin and there are literally zero quality spinner in England. They haven't even been able to poach any from SA!

  • umair on February 14, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    playing for Pakistan always first !

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