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ICC rules out Ajmal award inclusion

Umar Farooq

September 5, 2012

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Saeed Ajmal celebrates dismissing Alastair Cook, Pakistan v England, 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi, 2nd day, January 26, 2012
The PCB's appeal to add Saeed Ajmal to the Cricketer of the Year shortlist has been turned down © AFP
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The ICC has shot down the PCB's objection to Saeed Ajmal's omission from the ICC's Test Cricketer of the Year award shortlist, stating that it was an independent jury who cast out Ajmal from the longlist. The PCB, however, questioned the ICC process and urged it to revise the selection procedure.

The PCB had lodged a protest with the ICC after Ajmal was left off the award shortlist last week. The ICC, though, refused to reconsider Ajmal's case.

"The ICC has no authority to change the results of the academy," an ICC spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. "The voting results are final and binding on everyone."

In 2010, England offspinner Graeme Swann was omitted from the longlist for the Cricketer of the Year award prepared by ICC itself but after the ECB put up his case, the ICC included his name after admitting an oversight.

Unlike Swann in 2010, Ajmal was in the longlist this year but missed out when an independent 32-member jury that included former Pakistan captain Aamer Sohail and Pakistan journalist Majid Bhatti nominated Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara, South Africa fast bowler Vernon Philander, Australia captain Michael Clarke and South Africa opener Hashim Amla for Test Cricketer of the Year.

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.

"His [Ajmal] tally is substantial enough to make him a notable performer throughout the year," a PCB spokesman said. "It's very surprising not just for Pakistan but for the whole cricketing world that such a deserving player isn't in the final list. The PCB understands that there is a serious need to revise the procedure that eventually overlooked the best man to be picked."

Despite the PCB's concern, the ICC will not reconsider Ajmal's name. "It is important to understand the process which is very simple and transparent, and monitored by independent auditor Ernst & Young," the ICC spokesman said. "The longlists are prepared by a five-member Selection Panel which is headed by Mr Clive Lloyd and this year included Clare Connor (England), Tom Moody (Australia), Carl Hooper (West Indies) and Marvan Atapattu (Sri Lanka).

"The shortlists are then created after the individual player awards are voted for by an academy of 32 highly credentialed cricket personalities from around the world. The top four players in each category with most votes are included in the shortlists."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

world's no.1 T20 leading wicket taker is not included in the final list. His performance was great and he was purely unpredictable with his doosra. He is almost the no.1 ranked player of Test & Odi.He is the culprit of English debacle with 3-0 whitewash. He was one of the reason why Pakistan had so many success in T20 level.He developed his skill to greater extend in shorter amount of time. How can he be NOT in the list and what is the reason for his exclusion? TELL US.

Posted by Moazzam74 on (September 8, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

Someone is saying that he is best in one year but not has cumulative wicket records. We are considering best player in a player. if we have to check past record then all players of all times should be considered for this year.

Posted by Moazzam74 on (September 8, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

Whatever the mechanism or process of selection, this final list is useless in this circumstances when it is very clear to everyone that AJMAL is world's best bowler. So ICC no need to hold such event when result will be altogether different. A BBBBBBBBBAAAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDDDDDDD decision / selection of so called independent selctors.

Posted by syed.r.karim on (September 8, 2012, 1:59 GMT)

@Shivh: thanks for your last comments, really cricket lovers will wake up. I would request you to share your great knowledge more.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

@Shivh, He has summed up the whole thing :)))

Posted by Shivh on (September 7, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

I have one question to ask ICC and people support Ajmal's omission; was the jury not independent when Swann was left out?? If the answer is yes then why was he included later?

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

@Maverick Programmer--if his age is 34 and he has bagged just over 100 wickets does mean dat he cant be great....every time figures r not every thing...he got 72 wickets in a duration of one year...any way he hasnt played so many test matches..its not his fault..this is the fault of pakistani selectors who hasnt given chance to not just pak's great talent instead he is world's toughest spinner to play...

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

Cricket has become a batsmen's game. Rules such as powerplays, limited short balls, no ball free hits, two balls used in the ODI's. All these rules assist the batsmen. Only one bowler is nominated in the Player of the year-that too he has taken 60 less wickets than Ajmal this year- proves the fact that cricket is all about the batsmen. Fine ICC are ignoring one of the best bowler in world cricket since the 2011 WC, but at least make it a fair game for the bowlers. In my opinion Ajmal deserves the Cricketer of the Year as much as Kumar or Amla.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

Apparently ICC seems to rate batters much above bowlers. I would recommend to ICC to admit their mistake and reconsider!

Posted by syed.r.karim on (September 7, 2012, 2:17 GMT)

In world cricket, the only bowler, the batsman can afraid off in all form of cricket, which is Ajmal. Afridi told in a conference Sachin Tendulkar can't play him comfortably. Mahela jayawardene told Ajmal is the most danger bowler as per his variation is concern. In the world cricket Sachin and jayawardene is the best batsman against spin. they played lots against kumble,murli,warne. If Jayewardene believe Ajmal is the world best why we can't? So, no one needs to justify his talent and performance. @Maverick Programme- why you don't understand??

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