Pakistan news September 3, 2012

PCB objects to Ajmal omission

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Pakistan Cricket Board has lodged a protest with the ICC after Saeed Ajmal, the offspinner, was left off the shortlist for the ICC Test player of the year. He was included on the longlist for the award, and the PCB has requested a review, hoping Ajmal will be added to the shortlist.

Ajmal, 34, took 72 Test wickets between August 4, 2011 and August 6, 2012 - the qualifying period for the award - including 24 at 14.70 as Pakistan swept aside England, the then No. 1 side in the world, 3-0 in January. He has climbed to No. 3 in the ICC Test bowling rankings and is the highest ranked spinner. He was also selected in the ICC Test team of the year.

But despite his success, Ajmal was omitted from the four-man shortlist that features South Africa's Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander, Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara and Australia captain Michael Clarke. The list is voted for by a 30-member panel of former players, officials and journalists and the award will be presented at a ceremony in Colombo on September 15.

"During the voting period Ajmal produced some significant performances including the series against England," a PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. "It's fair to show a concern on Ajmal's omission from the top performers and hence the PCB has written to the ICC and expect them to reconsider."

There is precedent for the ICC to add names to the list of candidates for their awards. In 2010, Graeme Swann was omitted from the longlist for the Cricketer of the Year award but after the ECB put up his case, the ICC included his name after admitting an "oversight." Swann was then shortlisted before missing out to Sachin Tendulkar. South Africa have also taken umbrage to the list of candidates in the past, boycotting the 2009 ceremony in Johannesburg after their cricketers were overlooked for awards.

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  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Yes, Paul you are right we should move on but what was you thinking when England made protest against exclusion of Gramme Swan in 2010 and Sout African boycott for ICC Awards?

  • Asif on September 5, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    best bowler in the world not considered...i guess just like no batsman can pick him....they have decided to also not 'pick' Ajmal in the shortlist...oh the irony

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Ajmal is the greatest spinner at the moment on this planet earth, the other names have done their part too. If Ajmal gets shortlisted well and good, if not he is sell the best spinner, a monster, coz monsters play tricks with batsmen like sachin, one ball comes in and the other ball goes out, on both balls the master batsmen get bamboozled, this is pure class on Ajmal's part and spinners like him are rarely born

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Ajmal.. You dont need awards.. Action speaks louder...and every 1 know that you are the best spinner in the world.

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    @ Saad Aurangzeb, "& what the hell is philander doing in cricketer of the year category...i mean what has he done in other formats odis & t20s...if he is considered for it just on his scintillating test form then virat kohli should also be there for his odi heroics" It is test cricketer of the year. One would think that by definition ODIs and T20s don't count.

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    included ahead of philander.

  • Syed on September 5, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Ajmal's exclusion from list iis tantamount to USAIN BOLT's and/or MICHAEL PHELPS's recent achievements not recognized !!!!!!!!!

  • Sundarraman on September 5, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    @Mervo - I do follow cricket... Do u know that his series average against WI away tour is 31?

    please read it urself to know it better...;template=results;type=batting;view=innings

    scoring an unbeaten triple century had boosted the average but consistency is missing... In Aus tour of SA he hit a century but that was followed by scores of 2, 11, 2... he hit a century against kiwis on tour of Aus...but that followed by scores of 22, 0. No doubt that he is good captain for australia and wins matches with his bat... but he is half as consistent that he was at the start of his career.... need to accept the truth buddy... no offence, i have cleared mentioned IMO which (In My Opinion) in my post... And yes I accept even Sangakkara doesnt deserve to be shortlisted...

  • atlas on September 5, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    Itleast ajmal should b there for 120wkt in all format for the crickter of the year.2nd highst wkt taker is herath with you salect philander just 57 wkt in both format.

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Accept the decision and move o,n Pakistan. The cricket world is sick of your whinging!

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