Pakistan news September 3, 2012

PCB objects to Ajmal omission

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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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  • POSTED BY 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?

  • POSTED BY GoldenAsif 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    included ahead of philander.

  • POSTED BY OhPakistan 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 !!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Sunman81 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... http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/4578.html?class=1;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...

  • POSTED BY davidatlas999 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 84wkt.how you salect philander just 57 wkt in both format.

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 0:32 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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?

  • POSTED BY GoldenAsif 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    included ahead of philander.

  • POSTED BY OhPakistan 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 !!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Sunman81 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... http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/4578.html?class=1;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...

  • POSTED BY davidatlas999 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 84wkt.how you salect philander just 57 wkt in both format.

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 0:32 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    Good job pcb ajmal deserves to be in test player of the year and player of the year award if icc donot include him pcb should boycott the awards ceremony

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    72 wickets in one year, that should be selected for ICC Cricketer of year. Philander huh, wonder how many wickets he took

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    being a pakistani ajmal's exclusion hurts alot bcz he desreved to be in the shortlist for atleast test player...its propaganda just like the one played aginst C.Ronaldo on 30 aug...& 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 !

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Not a long time before Ajmal doing the last over in T20 samifinal and Michel Hussy destroyed him to get a place in final but unfortunately they lose against England that's T20 but now Ajmal is bad dream for approximately for all players speciali for new batsman's but in test he such a great bowler even that's three batsman's do not want to face him continuously and he is not a magician just a very sense able bowler and doing a great job for Pakistan he must be include in the short list no worry for Award but a great job with ball. Love you Ajmal....

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    well, atleast he should have been included ahead of philander...

  • POSTED BY Shajadul on | September 4, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Good decision by PCD. Ajmal has done enough to be in the shortlist. He should be a good candidate to be the best. Good luck from BD.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Nice to see that PCB raised their voice. They really have a case here.

  • POSTED BY bohurupi on | September 4, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    ICC is losing credibility in shortlisting players for the awards. Hope that they realize this fast and make swift remediation actions.

  • POSTED BY Fourworldcups on | September 4, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Those complaining about Clarke haven't been following much cricket over the last couple of years. Apart from the triple tonne, wasn't he also only the 2nd captain to win a test from declaring behind?

    That said , I love Ajmal. He's exciting as a player, cheerful kind of guy, I just wish I could understand what he says during interviews.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    He's a magician not a cricketer! ...no wonder they dint pick him...

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | September 4, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Wonder why PCB likes to makes a fool out of itself. Respect has to be commanded and not begged. If Ajmal does not get selected, its ICC's loss not Ajmal's.

  • POSTED BY OzWally on | September 4, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    For all those posting please understand what the award recognizes - TEST player of the year, and period involved - Aug 2011 thru July 2012. Anything else you bring up (ODI, T20, performances outside these dates) is irrelevant. That said you will then understand why Clarke is nominated - 1,355 runs & 5 centuries, 2nd only to Sanga's 1,4444. And Alma had the best average at 65.35. If they were to nominate the best spinner it would have been Ajmal. But they selected just 1 bowler and this is the question we should be asking. If you take into account average and strike rate, Philander is the obvious choice. In fact in this regard, Ajmal's performance compared to all bowlers was quite ordinary.

  • POSTED BY rivernile on | September 4, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Ajmal destroyed England and has been one of the best bowlers of the year, if not the best. I really don't understand the logic of omitting him. I also don't see any rationality of including Clark in the list! He has been okay, but certainly not great.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    must be in the shortlist.But Sanga is the ICC test player because he hit two 200+,199 and 2 more 100+ against this classy spinner Ajmal.No one can stop him at the moment.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | September 4, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    @JINDAL PRIYANK . LOLZ , THAT IS 100 % TRUE .

  • POSTED BY amitgarg78 on | September 4, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Clarke a better skipper than ponting? May be... Better results for team? Highly unlikely.

    Moral: It's the team that makes a captain and not the other way around...

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | September 4, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    It was really surprising and shocking to see Ajmal missing off the short listed players in all categories. But PCB attitude isn't right either. I am not sure how is it going to help through each team complaining of missing their players. I am not sure if Ajmal deserved to win, as its the top judges that need to judge that but he should def. have been shortlisted. - From an Indian fan.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    PCB stand on Ajmal being not selected by ICC is a great step but one needs to ask ICC that why and on what grounds Ajmal who qualifies for the ICC test team and is World's No.1 spinner (Presently) is not been selected? Its true that they are not answerable to Cricket Boards but in case of this protest their spokesperson should!!

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | September 4, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Clarke is not only one of the best 4 batsmen in the world in an conditions,but the only pro-active captain.He declared behind in runs so he could give his team a chance to win,and they won.He does now wait for things to happen,he is not afraid to try stuff.I do not understand how the most dangerous bowler..Ajmal...could be left out.

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | September 4, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Something wrong here with Amjal not being included.. great record in the period. Perhaps Sanga shouldn't be there, he's quality of course and has scored quite a few runs, although I think that most of them have come at home on the friendly SSC pitch! Philander def, great record, although he didn't do so well in England the qualifying period stopped before the Headingly test(2nd) so that's fine. Clarke of course has been great for Aus this year too.

  • POSTED BY Jawaidnazir on | September 4, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Ajmal, you do not need awards. all know how great bowler you are. Ignored any of your greatness will not be denied. Let the fire.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    waoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • POSTED BY ZiggyMarley on | September 4, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    72 wickets is great. Yes. From 12 games it means he is taking 6 wickets a game. But averaging 24 means he is conceding a fair few. Muralitharan averaged more than 6 wickets a game and averaged 23 runs per wicket. So that means he should have been shortlisted pretty much every year of his career. The ICC award goes to players who have played exceptionally well. Amla scored 3 2nd innings centuries and a triple hundred against tough opposition (Australia Sri Lanka at home and NZ and England away). Averaging 65 is no small feat, especially when you consider the overall averages in those tests. Philander is a shoe-in. Clarke scored a triple, but against a weak Indian bowling line-up at home. I'm not that sure about him but I still feel he deserves to be in there ahead of Ajmal. Sangakarra scored a filthy amount of runs but then again, batting in SL is far easier than SA or Australia. So I'd put him on par with Clarke at best.

  • POSTED BY Munkeymomo on | September 4, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    @Mervo: Damn right, Clarke hasreally come into his own as captain, seems to have a very fine cricket brain. Think he will be a far, far superior captain to Ponting.

  • POSTED BY Muzgrob on | September 4, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    I think he was hard done by, he should be on there replacing Clarke. But I still think Philander had a much better year as a bowler, so I don't think he deserves to win it.

  • POSTED BY Noball_Specialist on | September 4, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Deserves to be shortlisted. But not win.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    ridiculous to exclude him

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | September 4, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Sunman81 - you ask "what has Clarke done"? Do you follow cricket? There was the Whitewash of India (the second one) where he scored 323, several centuries and an average of well over 100 and then there was his captaincy ... still I guess none of that counts as he comes from the wrong continent.

    Ajmal should be there ahead of Sanga, who influences so few games.

  • POSTED BY davidatlas999 on | September 4, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Bad move from pcb.ajmal don't need any award type things.pcb just put some support for ajmal in the team salect some good fast bowler with gul and junaid.then ajmal will b more agrasive in odi.you are just wasting him in power playes and dith overs.where he go just straight to save runs.he is a match winer use him properly.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | September 4, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    @ Gilly4ever Yeah, Philander had great year with helpful conditions!!

    He played in Eng and looked very ordinary, whilst Steyn and Morkel looked much more dangerous than him.

    He did well on seaming tracks in SA but won't reap the same success on flat tracks and his record is only heading one way.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Thank God, No Indian player has been included in this award's category otherwise everyone would have bashed BCCI/ India for Ajmal's exclusion. lol But on a serious note, Ajmal, Amla and Philander are the automatic choices for this award. Not sure why he has been left out.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    hey, that's the no.2 ranked bowler you're talking about !

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Its baffling really, not to see his name. He is a fantastic bowler, better than swann. Ajmal is the best sppiner in international cricket today. He should be in that list.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    A bowler is supposed to be good if he performs consistently on all type of surfaces. can votary of Ajmal tell if he has played and performed creditably on English, Australian or South African pitches.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    @Rohit Gupta: Hey genius, is it the Pakistan cricket team's fault for what happened a few years back? Do you think they enjoy playing all their cricket away from home? They've done pretty well nevertheless which is more than I can say for India. Their away record is terrible!! You mention Ajmal but would Sehwag's record be any good outside of Asia? No class in that comment!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Very wise decision by PCB to register its complaint in ICC......They are truely biased with Pakistani team....They have to understand that Pakistan team give such a flavour to Cricket which no other team can do... Go on Zaka Ashraf...We are all with you... After a long time PCB is in the hand of wise man..

  • POSTED BY Shahrukhkazmi on | September 4, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    I don't think he needs an award his variations speaks already that he is the greatest spinner. You cannot judge him where he bowls which bowl he bowls, you cannot play him on the back foot, you cannot leave your leg or off stump open you can only hit him when he make a slight mistake other wise it is impossible to play him

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | September 4, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    How can you protest a vote? Philander had a much better year than Ajmal.

  • POSTED BY Jack_Tka on | September 4, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    I completely support the stance taken by PCB. Saeed Ajmal is by far the best bowler in recent concluded matches(period for judging the ICC Test Player). Also his wickets were against the World Rank #1 side in a test. Somethying fishy about that selection, I've to admit. If the list has to be of only FOUR candidates, then thats a problem. Maybe it needs to be extended to FIVE. All the 4 candidates are deserving for this award and AJMAL is definitely no lesser than them.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    ICC mean *I CANT C* because ICC cant c that ajmal is the greatest bowler and he not only deserves to be in this list but also to win this award

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    I agree with PCB. Ajmal is an excellent bowler and his performance in the past year should earn him the award automatically and I am really surprised that he is not in the list.

  • POSTED BY true.umpire on | September 4, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    can any team capable of finishing No.1 test team to just 72 ? when target is just under 150?.... Yes it happened just because of world best spinner "Saeed Ajmal"

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    You can't get in to the list by playing only in UAE against Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Team which can't host matches should be barred from any honors

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    @nck483: He was the joint highest wicket taker (15 in 3 matches) in the recent series with Sri lanka in Sri lanka with average and strike rate a touch below Junaid. Before that he was the highest wicket taker (18 in 3 matches) in the "home series" against Srilanka in UAE.

    He would have had good results against the Indians to if they were man enough to play Pakistan

  • POSTED BY JaDeD_INDIAN on | September 4, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Ajmal's inclusion is questionable ,he has performed against the top teams . Well done PCB. from India

  • POSTED BY mumerashfaq on | September 4, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Ajmal deserves not even to be there, but to win that award too.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    STATS for past Year>>>Sangakara : Test Runs:1444 Odi Runs: 1457@60.61 @42.8 (avg), Clarke: Test:1355@58.9 Odi: 759 @60 (avg), Hasim Amla: Test: 910 (10 matches only) @65.35, Odi: 419 (from 8 matches only)@52.3, Easily the best 3 batsman in the world, these have to be included. ajmal cannot replace any of them as they played a role in tough conditions to win and draw matches. playing out side the country is much different to bowling to teams who cant play spin. Now lets compare three top bowlers. Ajmal: Test: 72 wickets @ 24.29, 12 matches, 139 maidens, Herath: 70 wickets @25.24, 13 matches, 148 maidens, Philander: 56 wickets @ 16.57, only 9 matches, 67 maidens. If ajmal is to be included hearth should be too. but both their issue is that they performed in home conditions and not away and against teams who can play spin. This is the reality there is no way that anyone with a little commonsense would pick philander over ajmal anyday. Neither was swann an amazing bowler nor is ajmal.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    I think ICC surely has its reasons not to shortlist Saeed Ajmal but I also think that Saeed Ajmal deserves a place in there.

    @nck483: you remind me of a statement that Ravi Shastri made about Daniel Vettori saying that every other spinner in the streets of India could bowl like him.. :D :D :D. Well my question is that why your spinners fail to perform like Saeed Ajmal or why have you failed to produce a player like Daniel Vettori

  • POSTED BY Usmanaftab24 on | September 4, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Ajmal is my cricket of the year irrespective of whether he is recognized by one-country dominated ICC or not. Ajmal is undoubtedly the best spinner in world cricket right now.

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | September 4, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    no doubt ajmal should have been in. but i think real cometition will be among amla & sanga

  • POSTED BY burnsy7 on | September 4, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    it shoudnt matter if he wins it or not! its gonna affect hs mental games if they go through it all and he loses it! i hope clarke gets it!!!!

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | September 4, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Whether or not he should win is besides the point. That he was on the original 'long' list and didn't make it to the shorter one seems rather strange, even bizarre, given his tremendous year. If I were picking a 'World XI' at the moment he'd be one of the first I'd select.

  • POSTED BY superstar100 on | September 4, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    CLARKE IS FAV FOR THIS AWARD !!!!

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | September 4, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Good step by PCB... ICC should re-consider !!!

  • POSTED BY _faraz on | September 4, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Very Good Step PCB. He is obviously best Spinner around. If ICC dose not include Ajmal to the list then Pakistan must boycott the ceremony.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    I am a great Ajmal fan and he certainly is my cricketer of the year but I think PCB should move on and not indulge in this matter.

  • POSTED BY nck483 on | September 4, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    No need to make a big news!. the team is not selected by one person but by 30 peoples. Cant compair philander with Ajmal. All together different peoples. He need to prove against India and Srilanka. Our local spinners are also capable of performing like ajmal infront of Aus & Eng.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    He is the best spinner in the world currently and he doesn't need any ICC award to prove his stature.

  • POSTED BY Bollo on | September 4, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    @timohyj, re.Clarke. Apart from his triple against India he scored a double in the same series, and another century against the Kiwis at home. He also scored an excellent 2nd innings ton in SL to help save the test and win the series, and a brilliant 150 in South Africa. 3 wins and 2 draws in his first 5 series as captain - not to mention a match-winning 5-for against the Windies...hard to leave him out isn`t it?

  • POSTED BY asif.muhammad on | September 4, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    I suggest that the awards should be based on some objective criteria based on scoring against vertain variables. These criteria should be published and well understood by all so that in the end no one will be surprised.

    The same has been adopted in Tennis wherein a year-end-no. 1 is crowned. everyone knows where each player stands throughout the year. I know that cricket is altogether a different sport and it takes some efforts by ICC to come to some agreed and well understood critiera, but i strongly believe this effort is worth putting in.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    The Real king is not recognized by his crown but his qualities. So, carry on Ajmal

  • POSTED BY Naveed85 on | September 4, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    good step by pcb....................

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    Not sure anyone really cares about the awards anyhow, do they? It seems to just be a back-slapping exercise for the ICC and a chance for some non-cricketers to have a night out sitting at a table with a few cricketers. Wouldn't they be better advised spending the money on something constructive.......?

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    if ICC dose not include Ajmal to the list then Pakistan has to boycott the cermony

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | September 4, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    timohyj, Clarke has scored 5 centuries since becoming captain - a breathtaking 151 against a SA attack spitting venom in very juicy conditions , a match-saving 110+ against SL in the 3rd test over there, and the double and triple hundreds against India when the top-order failed. So pretty fair that he is there. And this is about a test-line up. So the talk about kohli is irrelevant. Get your facts right!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    obviously an oversight! should be corrected.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    AJMAL DONT DESREVED TO BE IN TEST CRICKETER AWARDS, SOUTH AFRICA IS THE BEST , VERNON ROCKS

  • POSTED BY vedichitesh on | September 4, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Well said adeelbashir23 .....Ajmal is the best spinner at this moment no way he could be ignored..... moreover his stats speak for him ......

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | September 4, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Ajmal has been the best spinner this year and should be in the shortlist. It will be interesting to see how he performs outside Asia as he has only played there during this current ICC award period (apart from 1 test in Zimbabwe).

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=wickets;spanmax1=12+Aug+2012;spanmin1=11+Aug+2011;spanval1=span;template=results;type=bowling

  • POSTED BY Asmax on | September 4, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    Ajmal is one of the best,,,,,, so delightful to watch, gud 4 da game of cricket. I have never taken the ICC award seriously and maybe that is one reason why!! << I am happy with my own pick....

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | September 4, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    Good point. I can't for the life of me see why Sanga is there.

  • POSTED BY Faridoon on | September 4, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    I'm glad to see the PCB taking up the cause of one of it's most deserved employees. Good job.

    Ultimately, Ajmal will get on the shortlist as a result of the general protest from so many quarters but you know he's never going to win it. Regardless, he deserves the nomination. If Ajmal doesn't win, I hope it's either Amla or Sanga.

  • POSTED BY Sunman81 on | September 4, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    What has clarke done to be short-listed? IMO...Ajmal should have been there instead of Clarke...But then Amla will comfortably win this award this year... tough luck Ajmal, you are still a great bowler...

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    T hank God PCB is no asleep

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    I would really like to see Saeed Ajmal in the tops for Test & ODIs and Virat Kohli for 1dayers

  • POSTED BY adeelbashir23 on | September 4, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    The Real king is not recognized by his crown but his qualities. So, carry on Ajmal

  • POSTED BY Moppa on | September 4, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    @kavindeven, @timohyj, do you even read the article before posting? Firstly, this is a short-list for Test *player* of the year, not Test *team* of the year - Ajmal is in the Test team of the year. Secondly, Kohli's excellent ODI form is not relevant for the *Test* player of the year. He's only recently made his second Test century ever, that's three less than Clarke made in the judging period for this award. It seems odd to me to get angry about something you don't even understand.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    Ajmal vs Philander... hehehe just ask South African selectors who would they select !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    Ajmal is the best of the best spinners innow days....Ajmal should in indian team

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | September 4, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    Seriously....who made this ICC team? Some Pom or SA official in the ICC? LOL! I Agree none of Indian players deserved to be in the Test side....But Ajmal surely deserves to be in there!

  • POSTED BY EddieGilbert on | September 4, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    Should be there. The best spinner in the world. Great to watch. Nuff said

  • POSTED BY timohyj on | September 4, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    Why is clarke there? apart from his triple against india he has not had an amazing year. He has been very good, but not amazing. Kohli and ajmal should be there. Kohli played 2 of the best ODI knocks ever within this time span

  • POSTED BY avmd on | September 4, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Today while commenting on Aust-Pak match, Tony Greig said if he had to pick a world eleven , the first player he would pick be Saeed Ajmal.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 4, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    @Harmony111, ICC is smart to put Sanga at number 1 in test batsman rankings. No way can a medicore batsman be on the brink of scoring 10,000 test runs. I also want you to even say that Lankan former greats like Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vaas, Muralitharan too were mediocre who actually deserve none. Sanga can score tons in all settings as proven by his stats. @ johnathonjosephs this commenter harmony111 has a major complex about Lankans getting awards or given any place in cricket, so just ignore him. I am sure Harmony111 would have opposed Sri Lanka getting test status in the early 80s.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 4, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    @ Harmony111, UAE is slow pitch and hard to bat with ball not coming on to the bat! Yeah a double ton in Abu Dhabi is not good for irrational thinkers like you. Sanga does have test tons in Pakistan, England, South Africa and Australia considering the few chances he has got to play their. More chances he gets, the more he will score.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    Ajmal is the KING of spinners. He assumed the mantle left by Warne and Murli. God bless Ajmal. The ICC selectors only embarass themselves by ignoring this new King of Spin. Look at how the Aussies are reeling and falling to him.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 4, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    @ Harmony111, what rubbish. Sangakkara has plenty of tons outside of home. I agree Ajmal must be in line for an award but Sangakkara deserves one too. Your anti Lanka bias is very clear.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 4, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    Ajmal simply has to be on the short list. Kumar is my favourite non-ozzy player, but I think he should be omitted for Ajmal. I'm biased, but cricketer of the year Pup, just ahead of Amla, followed by Ajmal then Phillander!

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | September 3, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Im really shocked by not seeing the name of AJMAL in the list.........No doubt about that he must have been included in final list of ICC best test player award....This time its really a tougher one to select the best.......I must raise my voice to ICC that AJMAL must be reconsidered and enlisted into the list.......All the best to AJMAL from a die hard cricket fan of Bangladesh........

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | September 3, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    Its ironic people are calling Sangakkara a bad batsman away. Look at his stats, the only place he has really struggled is England and South Africa. He toured those two places this year too and STILL managed to get a century in each of the tours in a good cause (in England drawing a crucial test and in South Africa registering Sri Lanka's first win in SA). Then he went to Australia and was prolific in the runs in the CB Series. Then he scored 2 back to back 190's AGAINST Saeed Ajmal. Ajmal does have a great record, but it is not as phenomenal as Philanders. Ajmal averaged 6 wickets per match from 12 matches giving 72 wickets, but it should be told that Murali AVERAGED 6 wickets per match from his entire career and was never given such an award.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | September 3, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    every body knows that he is best spinner in the world and that what matters. ICC is not willing to give him award so why to add him in this list after all.

    keep it up Ajmal, you are magician.

  • POSTED BY markatnotts on | September 3, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    Agree with most here. He spooked us (England), before a ball was bowled and then proceeded to spin such an exotic web on what I thought were reasonable batting pitches. Ok England also bowled well and could have won the last two tests but the Pakistani batting is seen by all observers a bit brittle at the moment. Whereas our batting had pedigree. His bowling is so superb compared to all other slow bowlers this year.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Well what I notice, ICC must consider bowlers with the same importance as they do with batsmen. Before you select you must consider the conditions, oppositions, pressure & other factors. It is not just runs & wickets which make a good player.

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | September 3, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    Definitely the best spinner in world cricket right now and deserves to be on the shortlist. Sangakkara was poor against England in the two tests we played. Ajmal has been excellent all year round. He took the No.1 team to the cleaners after all.

  • POSTED BY amanroy on | September 3, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Agree that Ajmal should be selected and he should be there in place of Sanga who is just performing good in home conditions. Sanga is overrated without a doubt.

  • POSTED BY SanSL5 on | September 3, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    i don't get why people think that Sanga is a home bully. out of the 6 test centuries he has scored in 2011 & 2012 , 4 have been away from SL out of which 1 is in England and 1 in South Africa. also he got centuries in Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and UAE. about 40% of his test centuries have been away from home. out his 14 ODI 100s only 2 have been at home. i'm sure if SL got more away games in the early part of his career he would have got more 100s! SL rarely got an out of the sub-continent test series till after 2010!

  • POSTED BY amumtaz on | September 3, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Why is scoring runs on dead wickets qualifies one to the list but a quality spinner on all wickets against all opposition is not included? I think spinning is still an under rated art and the panel does not appreciate it as much as they should.

  • POSTED BY ejsiddiqui on | September 3, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    If you see combine statistics for bowlers (Test/ODI/T20) Ajmal got 120 wkts where 2nd best Herath got 84wkts in the same period. I can't understand what a bowler need to do more to get Player of the year award. Or Spin bowler is not qualified to be an ICC Player of the Year. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=11;spanmax1=06+Aug+2012;spanmin1=04+Aug+2011;spanval1=span;template=results;type=bowling

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    Definitely...he is a magician, should have been there in the list. I hope sanity prevails with ICC and they add Ajmal. What a talent.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | September 3, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    @Imsrk: Sanga batting outside is a pretty average batsman. The phrase "Walking Wicket" was a hyperbole admittedly but it suits him well :-p Even in Sri Lanka he can score runs only when it is a light situation. You should have seen the way he scored a 100 against India in the 1st ODI recently. He batted as if there was no chase on and seemed to bat purely to get a 100, never making an effort to push the gas pedal on. Clear signs of an overall average batsman.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | September 3, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    @Sulaimaan91: But Ajmal was playing neither at home nor in helpful conditions. And Eng were #1 at that time - they ought to have known play all kind of bowling in all conditions. And Amla scored 300+ just a few weeks back in England against #1 Eng - forgotten that? Amla scored a 100 in that test where Aus were 47 a.o. And one more thing - even as I type, Ajmal is bowling a lovely spell of spin bowling to Aussies - he is showing his class with a wet ball. Amla too has a special class about him. This is something that can't be said for Sanga who can score runs only in Sri Lankan grounds and in low stake situations. And in any case, Virat Kohli has as much if not better claim than Sanga but no issues - he will win it next year :-p

  • POSTED BY AdrianVanDenStael on | September 3, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    It seems the ICC have made a rod for their own back by caving in for pressure for Swann to be included two years ago. Perhaps we should all press for our favourite players to be included, and see if the ICC then produces a list which includes everyone ...

  • POSTED BY TestOfTime on | September 3, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    It is sad that Saeed Ajmal was not included in the list. He is the best spinner going around in the test circuit/ ODI circuit these days. The Indian bowlers Ashwin and Ojha are reviving the spin spirit as well, but are nowhere close to Saeed Ajmal.

  • POSTED BY torsha on | September 3, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    I am agree on this and he should have included in place of Sanga because he is not that good that ICC should choose him in 4 categories although I have object on inclusion of Hafeez for spirit of cricket category.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | September 3, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    @ harmony 111. Sangakara a waking wicket. Really?

  • POSTED BY Sulaimaan91 on | September 3, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    @Harmony Yes Ajmal definitely deserves to be in that list but dont say that Sanga doesnt deserve it just bcoz he scored in home conditions.The UAE is as much a turner as are pitches in Pak,Ind and SL.And bamboozling Eng with spin isnt a difficulty.And going by your point,Amla too scored all his runs in 'home conditions' as did Philander take his wickets.It doesnt matter where, a great performance needs to be appreciated.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Yea. Nasir Hossain should in fact be added to the ICC player of the year for both ODIs and Test Matches.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | September 3, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    It is really unfortunate that Ajmal was overlooked,a very good spinner from a Indian fan perspective

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | September 3, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Of course it is a shock that Ajmal was not int the list after taking 24 wickets against the then #1 ( Ha Ha) English team on flat pitches of UAE. He has as much claim to that honour as any one else in that list esp vs Sangakkara who is a home bully and pretty much a walking wicket everywhere else. In fact Philander too took his wickets in ideal swing conditions at home and then against Kiwis - not exactly a top shelf performance. Ajmal bamboozled English batsmen and was a mystery to them even in the 2nd innings of the 3rd test match - shows how dominating he was.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    finally some sensibility from the PCB

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    This is a very fine step by PCB, Ajmal is no doubt the best spinner in the world these days.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Actually he deserve to be in the nomination. Not in place of clarke or sangakara (Amla and Phillander are obvious choice) but as a 5th player in nomination

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | September 3, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    I feel ICCshud includ all bowlers with clean action

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | September 3, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    very strange how Sangakkarra and Clarke are chosen and Ajmal isn't

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | September 3, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    i object for not to mention nasir hossain in debutante award (bangladesh)

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  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | September 3, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    i object for not to mention nasir hossain in debutante award (bangladesh)

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | September 3, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    very strange how Sangakkarra and Clarke are chosen and Ajmal isn't

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | September 3, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    I feel ICCshud includ all bowlers with clean action

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Actually he deserve to be in the nomination. Not in place of clarke or sangakara (Amla and Phillander are obvious choice) but as a 5th player in nomination

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    This is a very fine step by PCB, Ajmal is no doubt the best spinner in the world these days.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    finally some sensibility from the PCB

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | September 3, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Of course it is a shock that Ajmal was not int the list after taking 24 wickets against the then #1 ( Ha Ha) English team on flat pitches of UAE. He has as much claim to that honour as any one else in that list esp vs Sangakkara who is a home bully and pretty much a walking wicket everywhere else. In fact Philander too took his wickets in ideal swing conditions at home and then against Kiwis - not exactly a top shelf performance. Ajmal bamboozled English batsmen and was a mystery to them even in the 2nd innings of the 3rd test match - shows how dominating he was.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | September 3, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    It is really unfortunate that Ajmal was overlooked,a very good spinner from a Indian fan perspective

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Yea. Nasir Hossain should in fact be added to the ICC player of the year for both ODIs and Test Matches.

  • POSTED BY Sulaimaan91 on | September 3, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    @Harmony Yes Ajmal definitely deserves to be in that list but dont say that Sanga doesnt deserve it just bcoz he scored in home conditions.The UAE is as much a turner as are pitches in Pak,Ind and SL.And bamboozling Eng with spin isnt a difficulty.And going by your point,Amla too scored all his runs in 'home conditions' as did Philander take his wickets.It doesnt matter where, a great performance needs to be appreciated.