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Ajmal's county stint in doubt

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 14, 2012

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Saeed Ajmal celebrates dismissing Alastair Cook, Pakistan v England, 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi, 2nd day, January 26, 2012
Saeed Ajmal hoped to return to Worcestershire in 2012 © AFP

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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Posted by   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

Posted by   on (February 15, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

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

Posted by Hafeez_Malik 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.

Posted by Vilander 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.

Posted by ShahbazSalamat 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.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

Ajmal can be replaced by Abdur Rehman

Posted by   on (February 15, 2012, 1:54 GMT)

dis series is on..!! pak vs sl

Posted by Zahidsaltin 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.

Posted by RandyOZ 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!

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (February 14, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

playing for Pakistan always first !

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