Pakistan news May 19, 2012

Ajmal not keen on developing new variations

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Saeed Ajmal is known for his straight talk and has a tendency to make big, carefree declarations at press conferences. On Saturday though, which was the last day of Pakistan's preparatory camp in Lahore, he was rather cautious while fielding the media's questions. On the tour of Sri Lanka, he said, he will look to keep things 'simple'.

Does he have another new delivery to unveil, following the 'teesra' that he dished out against England in the UAE earlier this year? "There is no need to introduce any new delivery, let us keep things simple," Ajmal said. "Mastering any new delivery takes time and a lot of work is involved in it. With more varieties, more complications are created [for the bowler]. So I would like to just take control of my conventional spin, which is giving me results."

For now, Ajmal said, he is focussing on just bowling at his best and displacing South Africa's Dale Steyn as the world's No. 1 Test bowler. "Presently my focus is to win the series [in Sri Lanka] for Pakistan. The goal is to archive the No. 1 spot [on the rankings], for that I am putting in a lot of hard work."

Ajmal did not have much of an impact the previous time Pakistan played in Sri Lanka, as the visitors went on to lose both the Tests and ODIs. This time, Ajmal is looking to compensate for that below-par showing. "Things are going in my way [recently], I will try to extend my recent form. I am ready to take on the Sri Lanka challenge once again."

"My body is fully fit and ready to cope the heat [in Sri Lanka], and I know onus will be on the spinners. We[spinners] have to bowl more overs than the fast bowlers because of the heat. But I think we have fast bowlers who can provide a breakthrough even in shorter spells, and they will be equally important. [Abdur] Rehman I make a good pair, and we are ready to bowl longer spells."

While wary of the likes of Thilan Samaraweera and Kumar Sangakkara, Ajmal said Pakistan is quite confident. "We have been practicing assuming that we will be playing on batting [batsmen-friendly] pitches there. We have been doing well for quite a long time now, so I don't think plans will be difficult for us to execute. They have got some good batsman like Sanga and Samaraweera, who had scored runs against us the last time in the UAE, but we still produced good results against them."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • westeast on May 22, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Well, you got to have a new one to develop one..... :) He is mostly talk!

  • on May 22, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    GoOd thInkinG ajMaL bhaI rockXz

  • AKS286 on May 22, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    yes no doubt ajmal is the best spinner not only in the test but as well as in ODI. but pak team and NZ team looks like same. injured players, every time team is changed. i donno why? and for SL but it is sorry to say SL decline soo much. at one time SL is as tough as Oz. but good to see pak is developing. some fools says that world's worst spinner LYON is better than ajmal & swann. in todays cricket very few spinners are left in the world after murli, warne, kumble, macgill, saqlain, harbhajan(earlier), giles. keep it up spinners.

  • Xain.Yousfani on May 22, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal is one wonderful spinner in Pakistan test side. he can turn matches on his own... But apart from him, pakistan have ordinary bowling lineup since Amir and Asif are banned. its less likely that pakistan will give hard time to Lankan lions.

    I wish Saeed Ajmal all the best to be No1.

    A big Fan of Ajju and Pakistan team..

    I am hoping a wonderful series ahead. :-)

  • on May 22, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Go get them Saeed Ajmal! Looking forward to a great series!

  • saabir786 on May 21, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    the strike rate of Pak current squad are.Imran farhat(str rate 69),Taufeeq(68), Hafeez Captain(str rate 68,avr 27,matches 100) very poor,Azhar ali(67),Shafeeq(70),Mishbah(70),no aggression at all,the side should be,Imran Nazir,Shehzad,hafeez,Umar,afridi,hammad etc.if you look the indian side we have sehwag,sachin,gautam,kohli,rohit,yousuf,i

  • saabir786 on May 21, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    @wickyroy.paklover bro i m as big as fan of pak like you and others.im following pak cricket till i was kid i love the pak aggression which is now missing in the current side if you guys remember the side combination in the 1999 world cup pak had saeed anwar,afridi,ijaz,inzi,moin,razzak,mahmood,wasim akram,saqlan,shoaib,and waqar,but the pak have players like Farhat,toufeeq,Hafeez(avg 26.),azhar ali,shafiq,Younis,Mishab

  • getsetgopk on May 20, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    Yeah Empty-sequence, major league this and that, you will keep on moaning about the ultimate scoreline of 67-48 ODI, 9-12 tests. :D

  • on May 20, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    haha i like the cockiness of these indians. the fact that they were always a minnow in world cricket from the 40s till the 90s and only had a decent last decade(which included those whippings by england and australia) is lost on them. our head to head record is 69-49.......shut it

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 20, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    @SamRoy,i m sory dear whatevr narine z,he z westindian nt indian so no use of drama n nonesense to defy greatnes of ajmal,cmparing ajmal with narine z like cmparng a talentd schol boy with a post doctrate studnt,i hope U R sensible enuf to undrstand(but i doubt it)LOLZ

  • westeast on May 22, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Well, you got to have a new one to develop one..... :) He is mostly talk!

  • on May 22, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    GoOd thInkinG ajMaL bhaI rockXz

  • AKS286 on May 22, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    yes no doubt ajmal is the best spinner not only in the test but as well as in ODI. but pak team and NZ team looks like same. injured players, every time team is changed. i donno why? and for SL but it is sorry to say SL decline soo much. at one time SL is as tough as Oz. but good to see pak is developing. some fools says that world's worst spinner LYON is better than ajmal & swann. in todays cricket very few spinners are left in the world after murli, warne, kumble, macgill, saqlain, harbhajan(earlier), giles. keep it up spinners.

  • Xain.Yousfani on May 22, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal is one wonderful spinner in Pakistan test side. he can turn matches on his own... But apart from him, pakistan have ordinary bowling lineup since Amir and Asif are banned. its less likely that pakistan will give hard time to Lankan lions.

    I wish Saeed Ajmal all the best to be No1.

    A big Fan of Ajju and Pakistan team..

    I am hoping a wonderful series ahead. :-)

  • on May 22, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Go get them Saeed Ajmal! Looking forward to a great series!

  • saabir786 on May 21, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    the strike rate of Pak current squad are.Imran farhat(str rate 69),Taufeeq(68), Hafeez Captain(str rate 68,avr 27,matches 100) very poor,Azhar ali(67),Shafeeq(70),Mishbah(70),no aggression at all,the side should be,Imran Nazir,Shehzad,hafeez,Umar,afridi,hammad etc.if you look the indian side we have sehwag,sachin,gautam,kohli,rohit,yousuf,i

  • saabir786 on May 21, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    @wickyroy.paklover bro i m as big as fan of pak like you and others.im following pak cricket till i was kid i love the pak aggression which is now missing in the current side if you guys remember the side combination in the 1999 world cup pak had saeed anwar,afridi,ijaz,inzi,moin,razzak,mahmood,wasim akram,saqlan,shoaib,and waqar,but the pak have players like Farhat,toufeeq,Hafeez(avg 26.),azhar ali,shafiq,Younis,Mishab

  • getsetgopk on May 20, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    Yeah Empty-sequence, major league this and that, you will keep on moaning about the ultimate scoreline of 67-48 ODI, 9-12 tests. :D

  • on May 20, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    haha i like the cockiness of these indians. the fact that they were always a minnow in world cricket from the 40s till the 90s and only had a decent last decade(which included those whippings by england and australia) is lost on them. our head to head record is 69-49.......shut it

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 20, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    @SamRoy,i m sory dear whatevr narine z,he z westindian nt indian so no use of drama n nonesense to defy greatnes of ajmal,cmparing ajmal with narine z like cmparng a talentd schol boy with a post doctrate studnt,i hope U R sensible enuf to undrstand(but i doubt it)LOLZ

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 20, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    @sabir786,how many match winers ur ind team have,perhaps nt a single one(truth always hurts)

  • Empty-Sequence on May 20, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Yeah getsetgopk, quality bowler this and that, you will keep moaning about the fact you'll never a major league match against us :( GG

  • saabir786 on May 20, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    ajmal is the only bright spot in the bowling for pak others are just like gul,cheema.sami and rehman just need to support him and keep the other end tight.he is the only matchwinner in the pak side after amir and asif were banned.

  • getsetgopk on May 20, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Yeah Indians, sleeves this and sleeves that, you will keep moaning about the fact you'll never have a quality bowler ever LOL

  • saadirfan on May 20, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Ajmal bowls with sleeves because it makes the batsmen harder to his detect the wrists and so detect his doosra

  • on May 20, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    @Paras Ross Singh Tomar, there is absolutely no need for him to bowl sleeveless.... At worst, he can be reported by umpires for suspect action, which he has been once before. When they examine ur action, they examine it with the latest technology at ICC, and u bowl topless (yes topless)... So if Ajmal can confuse ICC's latest technology topless, i dont see how the average spectator can pick it up on TV....even if he is wearing sleeveless..

  • the_wallster on May 20, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    The 'Teesra' was the biggest load of rubbish. It was a non-existent delivery, of which the purpose was purely for mind games, to try to get the English batsmen thinking about various deliveries. It didn't make a single appearance because it didn't exist.

  • on May 20, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    @Paras Ross Singh Tomar: THen can you please enlighten as to why Harbhajan SIngh and Ravi Ashwin bowl using full sleeves in India? Why did Graeme Swann and Daniel Vettori bowl with full-sleeves in the sub-continent? I'd rather trust technology and ICC's clearance than such rants about Ajmal. ICC cleared him - fullstop.

  • on May 20, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Good bowler..........keep moving up....wish you best of luck for comming series

  • on May 20, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Best Of Luck to Pakistan on thei trip to Sri Lanka.Ihope Inshallah they win the series in all formats played. Javed Sani USA.

  • tanstell87 on May 20, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Variations or no variations.....Kohli will hammer him again !!

  • abbas_cool on May 20, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    @anil.. Do u only want to see IPL news on cricinfo.. come on baby.. get some more news too...

  • abbas_cool on May 20, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    @Paras... haha.. dear why so jealous :) just because your country cannt produce a good quality bowlers.. go concentrate on basics... you can learn the art ;)

  • on May 20, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    I guess Ajmal will introduce "Chowtha - the 4th One" only when her family will be expected again, in order to name his 4th son "Chowtha" as he did for his 3rd son "Teesra" and introduced a new delivery "Teesra". LOL.

  • on May 20, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Dear Singh come on grow up you should appreciate the good cricket and Ajmal is one of the brightest spots in the world cricket otherwise it's been hijacked from book makers and BCCI.

  • scandalboy on May 20, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    @Paras Ross Singh Tomar I think there is one authority for checking bowling actions. If it says that he is not doing anything serious then it should be over. Can I ask harbhajan to wear half sleeves because i doubt on him? certainly not because you would say he is clear from ICC, so get some mind and stop talking nonsense plz

  • SamRoy on May 20, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Talent wise Sunil Narine is better than even Ajmal. A 100% legitimate wrong one that turns more than Ajmal's Doosra and an easy free action makes Narine the most talented spinner in the world. Also, unlike Mendis, picking Narine is not the end of the story as he can impart varying degrees of turn on the ball. Whether he will do justice to his talent is another story especially since the relationship WICB has with its players is always bitter.

  • on May 20, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Cant believe some people are STILL whining about his action.

  • adnan_rifat84 on May 20, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    @Paras Dear when ICC have announced and clarify that they have no problem with Ajmal's action then why you trying to be an umpire or judge? I think this topic must be closed of wearing half salves or full, second I want to inform you that when ICC check some bowler's action they check it in medical way, they check through X-rays and biological machines too, so there is no question left of half salves wearing. Stop criticizing some one's action give some tips to batsmen how to play him too. When players like Sanga, Kohli and Hussey can play him why can't others?

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 20, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    @Sylhetibangladeshicricketfan,well said!since ur shakib,mushfique,mushrafe,tamim have masterd ajmal 3 years before,so U r in gd positin to write this hillarious comment,come on man our regional,clublevel bowlers r gd enuf to dismantle ur batsmen all d time,lolz,why do u always proved to b "Sorelooser"@jonathanjosephs,obviously a team needs to b gd at batng,bowlng,fieldng in order to win,bt ur agony z undrstandable aftr uae series,ths thread z about ajmal,nt sl batsmen,

  • on May 20, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    Murali Is The Legend.. Ajmal Still a Child!! Just Follow Murali's Steps You'll Be Good Spinner Always..

  • Nadeem1976 on May 20, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    Best wishes for saeed ajmal on his quest to become #1 ranked bowler in the world. You deserve it man. Do your best against Srilanka and win that series. You are real master, don't think about hatters they don't know any thing about spin at all just do what you been doing for three years. Great job.

  • on May 20, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    I see two indian fans here just hating...Hes a world class bowler, look at the stats and shut it. Oh and the bit about covering your elbow...He's gone through biomechanical testing in Aus, stop with the envy and respect the player for what he is.Enough said.

  • on May 20, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    It's more like Ajmal vs Herath, the battle of the spinners. It's shaping up to be a good series, the heavyweight batting of SL against the mixture of youth and experience of PAK.

  • on May 19, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    I appreciate ajmal's bowling, but still looking forward for the day when he bowls half selves for that matter. Come to think of it again, no bowler in chucking controversy ever bowls or has ever bowled elbows exposed. Just a coincidence? YEAH RIGHT! Here is an open challange for AJmal, especially when he claims there will be so much heat there in LANKA. DARE TO BOWL WITH an OPEN ELBOW. NAHHH you will pass on it and we all know it why!

  • on May 19, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    what is the need for this article cricinfo?

  • on May 19, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    this tour should severely test our fast bowling resources, for some reason selectors have opted for the worst pace bowler in Pakistani history, Sami, over young talent like Sadaf Hussain, Rahat Ali, Mohd. Rameez etc.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on May 19, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal is Overrated Player...itz Hafeez who is underrated and much better bowler than Saeed Ajmal in Odi And T20 not test

  • avmd on May 19, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    Glad, he is not committing the mistake Saqlain did. Saqlain was going great guns until he started trying too many variations and doosra became his stock bowl rather than a surprise. A great career ended way too soon.

  • johnathonjosephs on May 19, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    In the recent Post-Murali stage Sri Lanka has been in, the main problem has been the bowling. Another big problem is the batting lineup. Every test series after Murali's retirement, only one or two batsman clicked. All else failed. In England, only Dilshan made runs. In South Africa, it was Samaraweera. In Pakistan, it was Sangakkara, and against England, it was Mahela. If the whole batting unit clicks together, only will they be successful. Samaraweera has been in some great form recently and so has Mahela after regaining the captaincy. Dilshan is looking in good touch (judging from the IPL) and if ONLY sangakkara can ccome back to form (bad form in IPL and in last England Series), will SL have an advantage. Sanga does have a good record against Pakistan, and hopefully he can continue it

  • on May 19, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Well when no one in the entire cricketing world can effectively play the variations you already have, why develop new? :D

  • Syed_imran_abbas on May 19, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    No doubt he is best spin bowler in the world at the moment.. wish u very gud luck

  • on May 19, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    ajmal is good bowler and he is able to get no,1 spot in all format but remember that sanga is very good against spin

  • on May 19, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    is there any new delieveries left 2 bowl ?? u have bowl doosara teesra now mite be the fourth one mite bowl wid wrong foot and wrong hand lol .any ways u r a gud bowler keep the gud work going

  • Sinhaya on May 19, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Looking forward to an exiting series. Ajmal will be the reason why Pakistan are sight favorites for the tests. Rehman is good but his success against England recently has bolstered his average to the high 20s after it was in the 30s. Ajmal, you are wrong! Samaraweera did not play in the test series in UAE. Samaraweera will add a lot of strength to our batting making it hard for Pakistan unlike in the UAE series.

  • billbowden311 on May 19, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    I hope Ajmal will be able to perform in Sri Lanka the way he performed against England.

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  • billbowden311 on May 19, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    I hope Ajmal will be able to perform in Sri Lanka the way he performed against England.

  • Sinhaya on May 19, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Looking forward to an exiting series. Ajmal will be the reason why Pakistan are sight favorites for the tests. Rehman is good but his success against England recently has bolstered his average to the high 20s after it was in the 30s. Ajmal, you are wrong! Samaraweera did not play in the test series in UAE. Samaraweera will add a lot of strength to our batting making it hard for Pakistan unlike in the UAE series.

  • on May 19, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    is there any new delieveries left 2 bowl ?? u have bowl doosara teesra now mite be the fourth one mite bowl wid wrong foot and wrong hand lol .any ways u r a gud bowler keep the gud work going

  • on May 19, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    ajmal is good bowler and he is able to get no,1 spot in all format but remember that sanga is very good against spin

  • Syed_imran_abbas on May 19, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    No doubt he is best spin bowler in the world at the moment.. wish u very gud luck

  • on May 19, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Well when no one in the entire cricketing world can effectively play the variations you already have, why develop new? :D

  • johnathonjosephs on May 19, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    In the recent Post-Murali stage Sri Lanka has been in, the main problem has been the bowling. Another big problem is the batting lineup. Every test series after Murali's retirement, only one or two batsman clicked. All else failed. In England, only Dilshan made runs. In South Africa, it was Samaraweera. In Pakistan, it was Sangakkara, and against England, it was Mahela. If the whole batting unit clicks together, only will they be successful. Samaraweera has been in some great form recently and so has Mahela after regaining the captaincy. Dilshan is looking in good touch (judging from the IPL) and if ONLY sangakkara can ccome back to form (bad form in IPL and in last England Series), will SL have an advantage. Sanga does have a good record against Pakistan, and hopefully he can continue it

  • avmd on May 19, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    Glad, he is not committing the mistake Saqlain did. Saqlain was going great guns until he started trying too many variations and doosra became his stock bowl rather than a surprise. A great career ended way too soon.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on May 19, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal is Overrated Player...itz Hafeez who is underrated and much better bowler than Saeed Ajmal in Odi And T20 not test

  • on May 19, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    this tour should severely test our fast bowling resources, for some reason selectors have opted for the worst pace bowler in Pakistani history, Sami, over young talent like Sadaf Hussain, Rahat Ali, Mohd. Rameez etc.