County news December 21, 2012

Hampshire sign Saeed Ajmal

ESPNcricinfo staff

Hampshire have pulled off a coup by signing Saeed Ajmal, the Pakistan spin bowler, for the later stages of the 2013 season.

Ajmal will join Hampshire during August and September - a period when George Bailey, their main overseas signing, is likely to be involved in Australia's T20 internationals against England, a series in which Hampshire's left-arm spinner Danny Briggs may also be involved.

Ajmal will be expected to energise Hampshire's late-season promotion challenge on West End's spin-friendly surfaces after they narrowly failed to gain promotion from Division Two in 2012.

Hampshire's manager, Giles White said; "As things stand, it is possible that both George and Danny could be involved in the ODI series between England and Australia so the availability of Saeed for August and September is a great fit.

"He is one of the best bowlers in the world in all forms of the game and will add real quality to the squad at the business end of the season."

Ajmal has taken 122 wickets for Pakistan in 23 Tests at an average of 27.09, including 24 in only three Tests against England in the UAE earlier in the year.

This is Ajmal's second short stint in county cricket. He spent a time at Worcestershire in 2011, taking 17 wickets in three first-class matches, 11 wickets in four List A matches and 16 in eight Twenty20 matches.

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  • John on December 22, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Odds for Hants retaining the trophy must have shortened after this news. As a Somerset fan I'm hugely envious

  • Dean on December 22, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    @200ondebut, I doubt very much Ajmal would be available for the whole season.

  • Robert on December 22, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    I would dump Bailey and go for Ajmal for the whole season. One is a world class international cricketer, the other is a bit part Australian.

  • ian on December 21, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    Ajmal at the Rosebowl in August! Sounds like a lethal combination! Perhaps he'll work with Danny Briggs. That'd be useful for DB. Hants to win all of their home matches at the end of the season, mark my words!

  • j on December 21, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    Good bowler and good find for Hampshire, but debate over his action will no doubt begin again very publicly, and with some justification.

  • Toby on December 21, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Great signing, and at the business end of the season when pitches turn more. I expect him to repeat what he did for Worcs and ensure promotion for Hants. And judging by what Rehmann did last season, he should be targeting Jim Laker's figures!

  • Imran on December 21, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Majecian in business.. no better choice than him fro spin..

  • atlas on December 21, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    good pick all the best.he is great player hope he will get wicket.

  • titoo on December 21, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    hahahaha The king of doosra is back in england county. He 'll prove In shaa Allah He is the best

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