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Pakistan could boycott ICC awards over Ajmal omission

Umar Farooq

September 6, 2012

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Saeed Ajmal dismissed Thilan Samaraweera for 73, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 3rd day, July 10, 2012
Zaka Ashraf: "If anyone else has more wickets than Ajmal, then we are ready to withdraw our concern" © Getty Images

PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf has reopened the debate surrounding Saeed Ajmal's exclusion from the ICC awards shortlists by hinting that Pakistan's players could boycott the awards function, to be held in Colombo on September 15, as a "robust protest". The ICC, responding to the PCB's protest on Monday, had ruled out a rethink and the matter seemed to have ended there.

However, Ashraf's comments, made during an interview to ESPNcricinfo, suggest the issue is still alive for Pakistan. "We are facing a lot of pressure from the public and from our former players to push for his inclusion," Ashraf said. "I think the ICC should check whether the independent jury is coming up with the best name and they should not give away the due right of any player in the world.

"If anyone else has more wickets than Ajmal, then we are ready to withdraw our concern and instead we will support their pick. But this isn't reflecting well of the ICC and they should rectify it.

"Meanwhile we probably have to give a second thought to even boycott the function as a robust protest."

Ajmal was in the longlist for the Test Player of the Year award but missed out when an independent 32-member jury, which 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 in that category.

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. On Thursday, he was revealed as the top bowler in the ODI rankings.

After the PCB lodged the protest, the ICC refused to reconsider Ajmal's case, saying it had no authority to change the results of the academy. The process was monitored by the independent auditor Ernst & Young, and the longlist was prepared by a five-member Selection Panel headed by Clive Lloyd and included Clare Connor (England), Tom Moody (Australia), Carl Hooper (West Indies) and Marvan Atapattu (Sri Lanka).

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by   on (September 9, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

Who cares as to whether Pakistan attend the Awards or not!

Posted by cisco420 on (September 9, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

ICC is a joke. They have no authority anyway. If PCB wants to make a case they should be talking to BCCI, where all the decisions are made. Award or no award, Ajmal u r da best bowler in the world rite now and u rock !!!

Posted by   on (September 9, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

for me its not a good idea to bycott icc awards no doubt about ajmal is the best bowler in the world at the moment this is enough for us that he is performing well and his confidence is sky high at the moment

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 22:03 GMT)

pakistan should boycott icc awards over ajmal omission because no one can beat ajmal in bowling & he is the best spinner in the world and for prove check out his bowling figures.........

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 8, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

All boards should support PCB. ICC must be govern fair. Though Ajmal the majacian dont need any ICC fairest panels award as he has great rewards of winning fans hearts all around the world.

Posted by Tahir_Anjum on (September 8, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

@ vsssarma : if this is the reason then plz tell ICC that don't call it 'cricketer of the year' because it sounds ridiculous. it will be better 'test player of the year'. ICC just 3rd class sports administration.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

Actually i don't even watch that pathetic award ceremony. Last year it was below the average and nothing was there except awards given to some of the top players. At the end every one goes for the winners list and that's all.

Posted by kickassPakistan on (September 8, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

not a good approach.we need to get over it.anyway Amla deserves it more than anybody and should win it

Posted by vsssarma on (September 8, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

Tahir_Anjum: The cricketer of the year award is only meant for test match performance, not for T-20s, ODIs. There is no point in adding all of them together as their formats are totally different. Test match cricket is considered the real cricket. Cricket has Batting; Bowling and Fielding. To nominate some player as the best cricketer, you have to consider all the tests played by the player; in each test how the player excelled the other 21 players in batting, in bowling and in fielding. Considering all these things together is not humanly possible, hence I took the help of a computer algorithm that estimated MJ Clarke as the player of the period under consideration. I am no baby as I am 57 year old, mathematician, engineer and have been following the game for 43 years. I use differential mathematics to do the evaluation. Tks.

Posted by ABRAR-JANJUA on (September 8, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

to me Vernon Philander is an Average bowler who can be good on green wickets and Bowler Friendly Conditions...let him come and play in Asia in Sri Lanka and India specially, I believe his career will be over there..

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

No point talking about ajmals nomination hence Sangakkara and amla are going to walk away with the awards.. they are greater and far superior than Ajmal, We have to admit it....

Posted by Tahir_Anjum on (September 8, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

@ vsssarma: check that Baby !!!

Between 4 Aug 2011 and 6 Aug 2012

Saeed Ajmal (Pak) 44 55 907.0 156 2765 120 HMRKB Herath (SL) 35 46 874.1 151 2544 84 GP Swann (Eng) 34 42 617.1 79 2181 71 R Ashwin (India) 40 44 609.1 48 2417 70 SCJ Broad (Eng) 28 37 536.5 103 1806 69 KAJ Roach (WI) 22 30 432.2 57 1687 66 SL Malinga (SL) 39 39 323.2 19 1755 65 Umar Gul (Pak) 37 46 489.5 76 1945 65 M Morkel (SA) 25 35 429.5 77 1565 60

Posted by Tahir_Anjum on (September 8, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

@ vsssarma : Loolk mate what does mean ''cricketer of the year''????? As for as I know it means the player who performed best throughout the year. U r mentioning just one format of the game. Ajmal took 120 wickets in all 3 format. How the hell can you nominate someone by performing in formate like Philander????? tell me mate how can you do that when you say cricketer of the year?? double standards. and YOU plz don't try to be Rajeshstat. Ckeck all records and performace then nominate.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

PCB should stop asking for him to be the test cricketer of the year. They should push for him to be nominated for the player of the year. He may not be the best bowler in one format, but he certainly is if all 3 formats are considered.

Posted by syedzaf on (September 8, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

Saeed is the best and deserve to be in short listed for icc awards but no doubt hashim amla should be player of the year based on his performance against england in england. I am not surprised with icc decision making as they are the most unfair sports body in the world.

Posted by vsssarma on (September 8, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

Roy Prince Tilakasiri: I am aware of what you are saying. Ajmal took 6 wkts per match whereas Philander took 6.22 wkts per match. Ajmal conceded about 25 runs per wkt whereas Philander conceded about 17 runs a wkt. Ajmal took 56 balls per wkt whereas Philander took 33 balls per wkt. Ajmal is perhaps the 6th best test match bowler during the period. The order & their relative merit ratings on a scale of 0-1,000 are: Pat Cummins (1,000); Philander (885); RMS Eranga (863); Hilfenhaus (822); Pragyan Ojha (726) and then Ajmal (696). These are relative ratings. Ajmal is followed by Sunil Narine (652); Shakib Al Hasan (650); Abdur Rehman (622); Herath (599); CB Mpofu (585); Stuart Broad (576), etc. My computer has every test match record for the last 10 years and rates batsmen, bowlers, fielders on a 0-1,000 scale continuously besides evaluating the players on a overall contribution scale. Thanks for your feedback.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

vsssarma...Saeed Ajmal took 72 wickets.....15 wickets came against zim and bang...the rest was against england and sri lanka.........24 wickets against england at a average of 14 a piece and 33 wickets against sri lanka at 29 a piece...........

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

yeh i don know why the heck they droped him but he is really good bowler king of doosra and he deserve it so plz reconsider it and think abt him

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

Vern and Hashim to win. Ajmal try again next year

Posted by VettiPayyan on (September 7, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

I am from India and I think currently the best spinner is Ajmal. Swann doesnt even come near him. cos Swann can be walloped even by Amit Mishra!

IMO, Ajmal should be in list ahead of Philander as Ajmal has shown his mettle against more teams and in all kinds of pitches and he has won matches!

Philander needs more time to show his consistency and then be respected. Ajmal having proved for so much time deserves it!

Posted by vsssarma on (September 7, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

Great performances during the period came from MJ Clarke. 14 Tests; 1,355 runs in 23 Innings; 8 wkts for 207 runs; 24 catches. Second best is Sangakkara. 14 Tests; 1,444 runs in 24 innings; 5 catches. Third Best is: MEK Hussey. 14 tests; 1,058 runs off 23 innings; 5 wkts for 135 runs; 16 catches. 4th best is: Chanderpaul. 11 tests; 975 runs off 15 innings; 8 catches. 5th best is: Mohd Hafeez. 12 tests. 1,064 runs off 20 innings; 15 wkts for 450 runs; 12 catches. You can't look at only bowling to declare some body as the best cricketer of the year. You have to look at their contribution in batting; in bowling; in fielding, in a relative way, considering sustained high performances over number of matches. Ajmal, no doubt is the best bowler. 12 tests; 125 runs off 12 innings; 6 catches; 72 wkts at 1,749 runs. But these performances included performances against Bangladesh & Zimbabwe. Philander took 56 wkts in 9 tests for 928 runs which is a lot better than what Ajmal achieved as a bowler

Posted by cric4world on (September 7, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

i will ask one simple question, ajmal is on top of all format bowlers list for past one year, if he is not good enough to b nominated here, how come he is good enough to b ranked so high on icc ranking for so many months? philander hasnt seen half of the cricket world where bowlers r tested most , that is, pakistan india n sri lanka, n still he is considered one of the best? playing in a best team on seam friendly wickets makes philander phenomenal but ajmal playing in a tarnished team without a home doesnt make ajmal special enough to b nominated?and all people who r trying to undermine ajmal's efforts by saying that england team cant play spin, well if thats true then why didnt imran tahir get as many wickets?why didnt doherty or any other spinner? was australia this much helpless while facing swann? let philander travel around the world first then we'll agree he is good

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

the real doosra ajmal.....keep on rocking....

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

ICC should not have any ranking system, ICC should have only voting system. the board have more money should have more votes. ICC (with love) I hate you, alot. PCB: only few have the power to call a spade a it. i am with you. hell with awards.

Posted by Sarlana on (September 7, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

I am an Indian, but still I am supporting pakistan in this issue. The awards should be fair and Ajmal is deserved for the same.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

either the ranking of players by ICC is farce or Academy process is farce. Both cant be correct at the same time in this situation.

Posted by silverhawk on (September 7, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

Every one is talking about Ajmal's exclusion from the award category, i want to share my point of view in his exclusion. If we analyze the whole story it will appear that all this controversy is staged only to bring down the elevated moral of Ajmal and Pakistani team in order to push them back in T20 world cup. No doubt, Saeed Ajmal has done extremely well in the recent past and every one was waiting about his inclusion in nominated categories, and if every one knows this fact then why the jury neglect this fact. Actually Ajmal is not selected only to give hype to him in order to get effected over his performance.

Posted by ArmChairUmpire on (September 7, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

While we all would do well by recognising the achievements of others, they (the awards) are really not worth much to high achievers. Have you ever heard of Tendulkar, Chanderpaul, Amla and other greats clamour for recognition? I believe that the PCB is effectively distracting the Pak team with this side show. The PCB needs to get its act together and focus on the game. They have a good deal of talent and a good deal of 'issues' which need attention. I agree with the gist of what Salman Ali has written.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

Talking about sense,How come Sangakkara is still on that list and Ajmal got voted out.huh? PCB has a point here.

Posted by venbas on (September 7, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

So what...Even Mohammed Asif can be termed as the next McGrath. Salim Malik the best batsman after Miandad or Hansie Cronje the best captain after Border/Mike Brearly. Does that make it more eligible for them to continue to play cricket?

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

i dont get what all this fuss is about!all the other four players have done abnormally well in test cricket in the last year.three of them have destroyed line ups with their batting and one of them has taken 63 wickets in 10 matches!ajmal has bowled well but he hasnt played as well as the four that are there in the test cricketer of the year thingy.i like ajmal,he's pakistan's hero.but his inclusion or exclusion doesn't concern me that much.he's a hero and will always be.i think that the pakistani team should not boycott the ceremony.if they do,they'll look like spoiled brats who get angry at people even when there's a very small reason for it.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

Well-done PCB :) We are with you ! Ajmal deserves this....He should be nominated

Posted by gabrialgihan on (September 7, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

@shantiratnamaj lol sangakara havent won games for SL did you watch the SA test?which part from SL are you from?

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

Hahaha Rampravesh Upadhyay best comment! I think we need to stop that. PCB shouldn'c boycott and just go with it. we all know Ajmal's worth.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

i agree with those people who say that saeed ajmal is not the best contestant for icc test or odi players of the year best he was most favorite contestant for the icc player of the year award because he dominates in all three formats of the game unlike sangakara, hashim amla and V.D. Philander and moreover even he was not the best contestant of winning icc test and odi player of the year award he deserves to be in those 4 shot listed player....

Posted by farooqeco on (September 7, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

No doubts Ajmal has performed very well and can get 2nd runners up award behind Phillander and top of the list Amla. My vote is for Hashim Amla.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

Ajmal does not need this ICC award….. He will shut all this controversy by showing his class in T20 Worldcup against all the ICC nominated batsmen. You score with a runrate of over 6 against him in this T20 worldcup and we will admit he does not deserve it…….

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

@ Janaka Kumara , Sangakara scored only against one Team and it is Pakistan and he was the only one to negate Ajmal Effect in the Srilankan Team to Perfection, no doubt he is a great player. While Saeed Ajmal performed against all the teams Pakisan played against. (I am talking about last one year) thanks.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

there is no way some one can justify this decision. Ajmal single handidly crushed engaled 3-Nil in test series when ENG was world's No. 1 Team. If some one has any doubts about his past performance....just watch highlights of current Aus Vs Pak series and you will laugh to see how australian were playing him..... Ajmal our vote is with you.........

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

Pakistan should boycott in modest way. Its our right to stand with our heros, to boast the moral of the team, its not about the medal, its about the gratitude, which icc not showing, they keep eyes when they have found something wrong with dosra and tessa with asians spinners mulitharan, ajmal and saqlain. We have already soul (I dont need to remind asif and salman butt story all way).

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

Thanks God. No one from India is there in selection panel otherwise pakistani cricket board and its former player would have blamed India for Ajmal's exclusion.

Posted by YoPatel on (September 7, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

ICC is to recognize the best players regardless of their origin or nation.. In this case I would certainly Vote for Ajmal...

Posted by WishW on (September 7, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

and anyone questioning Sanga's inclusion?please...he's a better batsman than Tendulkar..

Posted by WishW on (September 7, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

my last comment had so much info but wasnt published...well..the summary...Herath had 70 wickets and the Sri Lankans are not crying...Philanders strike rate is 33 vs Ajmals 60..and Clarke has scored enough to be nominated!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

Just Awards can not stop Ajmal from destroying records

Posted by jabrankundi on (September 7, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

Those questioning Philander, please note that wickets in NZ were not seamer friendly wickets. And the person who says he had a mediocre Eng test series perhaps did not watch the series. He didn't get a lot of wickets as that is not his role in the team. Steyn and morkel are the wicket takers. However, in the last game he scored over 90 runs and took 5 wickets in the second innings giving him a MOM award. A MOM award in a 3 match series is not a mediocre performance. The reason you are led to believe it was mediocre is because of the standard Philander has set. That in itself is worthy of the award...And please don't tell me that you don't know he was the fastest to 50 wickets in over a century!!!

Posted by shantiratnamaj on (September 7, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

for a change Pakistan is fighting against the rest of the cricket world for justice - all these days Pakistan had to deal with their own problems. I think this is a fair case PCB is making - there is no way Vernon Philander is there ahead of Ajmal. This shortlist has been chosen whilst sitting and watching ENG vs SA test series it reflects very clearly. I am a lankan fan but why is Sngakara there? how many games has he won for the nation? there are much better players in the world who have played their part on a consistant basis to reach vistory for their country - this award list tells me ICC is creating a culture of "elf before team" do you want to reward guys who score piles of runs despite the result of the match or do you want guys who can contribute consistantly to win matches for the country?

Posted by timtom on (September 7, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

Mr PCB chairman -Was it not you who postponed tour of zimbabwe just to accomodate schedule for India.. When you dont give respect to a fellow country for a much bigger cause, why expect the same for a player for something much lesser ???

Posted by timtom on (September 7, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

Mr. PCB chairman.. first work towards creating an atmosphere where other ICC teams can trust PCB and resume working relationship... An award should be the last thing to matter. Anyways AJMAL is the best test bowler at present, award given or not !!! And that is not going to change...But in your capacity u can change a lot of things to create a credibility for PCB. And this harakiri is not among them.

Posted by aftabnaushahi on (September 7, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

yes Janka Kumara, we are not opposing Sanga Kara at all, we love him as cricketer as much as you do :-), question here is what credentials one should carry to stay in the final list?.

Posted by drpngoswami on (September 7, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

Keep a rose on the table.No need tell any one what flower is this.Ajmal is like a rose.

Posted by rbrb on (September 7, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

to all questioning Clarkes inclusion-1)150 vs SA in south africa,2)100 odd vs SL in sri lanka,3)300,200,100 vs India in australia and he led the team without losing a series in the past year also Aus won all there odi series except the england series under his captaincy.btw Ajmal just played only in sub-continental pitches and UAE while Clarke scored his runs around the globe.(please publish)

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

I don't know why they are running for this small piece of metal. He is one of the top bowler in all 3 formats and that's all. We don't want any award we just want our team to perform well in all formats and that's all. If they are worry about that they are not being treating equal, so perform and win every match on the field. Every one will support you even your enemies too.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

ajmal is the best bowler in the world i love pakistan

Posted by ROXSPORT on (September 7, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

And how come Michael Clarke is on that list after just one good innings ????? That magical 150-odd in South Africa....!!!!!

Posted by ROXSPORT on (September 7, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

How come Vernon Philander makes the list after his mediocre performance in England ? If Ajmal can't make it on the basis of his having got his wickets on spin friendly wickets, so has Philander taken his on seamer-friendly wickets. So, what is the difference ??? What is the logic of including one & excluding another who has taken more wickets against tougher opposition (surely, ICC No 1 team England qualifies as a tougher team than the current New Zealand team).....?????

Posted by Yasassri on (September 7, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

It is interesting to know that, how 'Philender' got ahead of 'Ajmal' in "ICC Cricketer of the Year" and 'Ajamal' even not in the final list. 'Plillander' has good strike rate than 'Ajmal' in Tests and only played in Test cricket.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

I think what people (not all) have forgot is that its not just only Ajmal who single-handly put 3-0 win against England. Abdur Rehman did better in 2nd and 3rd matches but since Ajmal was much better in 1st match, he got more wickets in the series but thats not definitely "single-handly" put Pakistan to the win (While Ajmal took 24 wickets, Rehman also took 19 wickets). Also some of you need to know Sangakkara scored 1-200s, 2-190s and 1-100s against this Ajmal-included Pakistan.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

Who cares? Ajmal you should pluck wickets in entire WC2012 and tell the world who you by winning the WC

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

Finally PCB standing up for its players against ICC.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

Finally PCB showed some backbone.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

Good step by PCB. do it. don't need to give respect to these kind of awards.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

If this is a process by which ICC Nominate players , Then ICC should really think about this, Ajmal is the Best Bowler & Leading Wicket Taker, & Removing his Name even from the Nominating List Is Not Fair Enough

Posted by A.z.f.a.r on (September 7, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

Way to go PCB. That's more like it. Even more so due to the fact that at least you are taking a stand for your players. We need to show more of this resolve at the international arena.

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

I will support this decision by PCB. Since ICC has made it clear that it has no authority over it, that means if jury makes some mistake there is no one to whom you can lodge your complaint. I don't know how the jury is selected but i'm sure ICC won't take the responsibility of it either. So merely declaring these as 'ICC Awards' does not make them so, perhaps these should be called some 'Unknown Jury Awards'.

Posted by goharalisayyed on (September 7, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

The actual matter is Performance not award, he is the worlds best bowler and his public appreciation is his award...

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal doesn't need recognition from ICC, he is undoubtedly the best spinner of the world.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

It is utterly ludicrous. For once, the PCB will have the peoples support. Ajmal is the most dangerous player today, according to everyone thats played with him. Go fot it. On a side note, why are there only 2 Pakistanis on a jury of 32?????

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

Good PCB. do it. dont need to give respect to these awards.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

There is a process in place by which decisions are made, that process was designed byt the ICC to give the best and fairest results. If the PCB didn't like that process they should have voiced their objections back during the design stage and not after the results are out. Throwing a tantrum because you don't like the umpire's call is both graceless and childish.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 3:28 GMT)

Ajmal's record and bowling speaks for it self, we don't need ICC to recognize him as best player of anything.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

The ICC has no authority to change the results of the academy...decision has been presented by a jury with many experienced players and plz be patient and wait universe

Posted by maddy20 on (September 7, 2012, 1:50 GMT)

This is what you call making mountains out of molehills.

Posted by pulkit10 on (September 7, 2012, 0:37 GMT)

Not trying to take away anything from the talented bunch nominated for the award (barring Clarke who really hasn't shown much this year - even Pietersen would have been a better choice) but Ajmal certainly deserves a spot in there. He's been right up there with the best bowlers of the last year and has certainly done much to cement his place as the world's leading spinners (unlike Graeme Swann, who had a miserable year).

If you can put someone like Shakib Al-Hasan on top of the all rounders list for an entire year, then you can certainly give some respect where it is due. Time to wake up, ICC.

Posted by wc1992 on (September 6, 2012, 23:00 GMT)

this man tunre top players and top team upside down ..........he topple the no:1 on their head all the top order batsman ie pietersen , tendulker , sangakara and so on

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 22:52 GMT)

I will not say who belongs in this list or not ...... but ajmal deserve to be in the list Clarke,Sangan etc are all world class player.....but ajmal should deserve to be in the list.....n its not about winning or lo losing the award.....i think its about honor for the player n ajmal is eligible for tht!

Posted by playitstraight on (September 6, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

@torsha, Exactly. SL fans are probably done with their team (thrashed at home vs India, SLPL flop, not winning a Test series for three years). Sangakkara is no doubt a class act, but he should not have been nominated for so many categories. I wish Steyn was in that list, now he is a REAL menace.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 22:12 GMT)

Most of the people here don't really get it... No one is asking tht ajmal should be there in the TEST PLAYER OF THE YEAR list agreed philander was better in that format but ONLY in that format... In all the other formats or lets say if u take the whole games including T20s and ODIs no bowler comes close to Ajmal and that is the point which PCB is making... Philander only performed in Tests so his inclusion in Test Cricketer of the year is right... But Player of the year list should have Ajmal...

Posted by torsha on (September 6, 2012, 22:02 GMT)

SL fans saying Ajmal should be there in place of Clarke. Now that is what called a JOKE. Sanga should be eliminated from at least 2 categories out of 4. Because let's be honest, there are many good players who are not there in the list. KP, Steyn, Ajmal etc..

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (September 6, 2012, 21:47 GMT)

Clarke should not be in that list, bar his triple ton on home soil against a very mediocore Indian bowling unit theres nothing worth noting that he did.Never mind being captain, I was very shocked that he was even selected for the test team of the year.AJMAL SHOULD BE THERE INSTEAD OF CLARKE!!!.Boycotting the awards is taking it a bit too far though. PCB must jst accept this and move on. This is a team sport after all, and team success is more important than an individuals success when the team is performing average.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 21:38 GMT)

Total waste of time and resource.... PCB should concentrate on working on their administration skills. They should look to better cricket in Pakistan as opposed to worrying about an award. Pretty sure, Ajmal will care a dime about this.

Posted by OhPakistan on (September 6, 2012, 21:34 GMT)

Ajmal being "OUT OF THIS WORLD", does not qualify !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by amumtaz on (September 6, 2012, 21:31 GMT)

Unfortunately, ICC will not budge. They have a habit of standing by their mistakes and will do so again. It only highlights the fact that such award ceremonies are not based on actual performances and also does not encourage players to work hard. Ajmal is not alone, these are repeated mistakes that have plagued these awards since their launch. I will definitely boycott them this year.

Posted by Desihungama on (September 6, 2012, 21:29 GMT)

People are commenting without the knowledge of the game. Ajmal is known for his Doosra's so it doesn't matter on what sort of pitch he plays. He will take wickets. Regarding SR b/w Ajmal and Philander. Well of course, when you're a great bowler bowling on sporting wickets you get your wickets and dry up runs as batsmen don't attempt rising balls so there is your low strike rate. Ajmal is 1st in ODI , 2nd in T20 and 3rd in Test. Tell me what is a Cricketer of the year then?

Posted by jackthelad on (September 6, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

You're all talking as if this daft nonsense actually meant something. Hummm, get a life, yeah?

Posted by SLMaster on (September 6, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

Ajmal should be there instead of Clarke. But I don't think he can be the cricketer of the year. He can be in the short list.

Posted by SLMaster on (September 6, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

I think Philander as well as Ajmal should be in the list. Ajmal should be there in place Clarke. Question is why are awards favor bastmen than bowlers!!! Even Murali couldn't get a fair chance.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

can't blame them. Heck I support this notion. ICC is acting real stupid on this whole situation. Ajmal without a doubt should get proper respect at events such as this as he has been performing so well

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

the reason of watching cricket now a days .. its only ajmal :)

Posted by jackthelad on (September 6, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

Ali Hassan, Philander has been nominated because he's better than your lot or any other can offer. I suggest you look at the figures.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

People saying he took wickets on flat tracks and even making England a minnow .Seriously what are you thinking Philander has performed well yes but don't compare him with Ajmal. Philander first played at home, second he played on wickets supporting fast bowlers even a decent fast bowler would have took wickets there not as much as philander.He will not fare well in sub-continental conditions.

Posted by shovwar on (September 6, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

The test bowler of the year should go to Philander....His strike rate is a world of difference to Ajmal. 16.7 to 24.3....not just a little...Huge difference....If u play more cricket you will obviously take more wicket. But the strike rate is the difference plus he took more than 50 wickets in less tests than Ajmal. Ajmal is definitely the best test spin bowler of the year. But the best test Bowler goes to Vernon.

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (September 6, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

@Dilbar786 ---..ajmal took those wickets on flat pitches...whereas philander.................................Well if he took wickets on flat tracks it says a lot about how clueless English batters are against spin.

Posted by fataquie on (September 6, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

I think sanity needs to prevail! This is most likely putting undue pressure on Ajmal. Let him focus on his game to win the T20 WC rather than a stupid award which most greats never even won once!

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

pcb is doing the right thing ajmal is the best performer between august 4 2011 to 6 august 2012 he deserves cricketer of the year award . icc is insane how can they not include the best spinner in the world he just destroyed the batting line ups of england and australia......

Posted by applethief on (September 6, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

@Sriguy seriously? You can't remember Ajmal making an impact? Where were you when he took down the #1 test side. And please point out the match in the last 12 months where Ajmal *didn't* tie the opposing batsman up in knots?

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

Test cricketer and ODI cricketer is all about stats and may be ajmal shud have been nominated... but Cricketer of the year requires stats and personality !! may be the jury is considering that.for me its a two horse race between sanga and amla

Posted by CouchUmpire on (September 6, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

This is why Pakistani cricket is hot and cold - they are passionate about being wrong;

Average SR 5 10 Ajmal 24.29 56 3 1 Herath 25.24 60 6 1 Philander 16.57 33 6 2 Broad 24.10 51 2 1 Swann 31.13 60 3 1

The strike rate is for me a key determinant of effectiveness as a bowler. It simplyt says that Philander only needs an average of 33 balls to take a wicket compared to the others that are nearly double.

Pure totals do not work - example - bowler 1 takes 2 wickets per innings and plays 12 tests = 48 wickets; bowler 2 takes 6 wickets per innings and plays 3 tests = 36 wickets. The PCB are arguing that bowler 1 is a better test player??

Secondly, if you as a spinner bowl a lot more than a fast bowler - how is the effectiveness calculated without using strike rate?

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

Agreed that Ajmal was a deserving candidate, but what PCB should keep in mind is that these awards matter little. Ajmal should take this in his stride and request PCB not to take the matter forward.

Posted by DR-USMAN on (September 6, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

Good move by pakistan cricket board. saeed ajmal should be in the list

Posted by djdrastic on (September 6, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Ajmal has been magic , but seriously it's just a stupid award that nobody cares about.I don't think I saw it anywhere in the SAF papers that Philander got nominated for an award here in the sports papers.

Posted by Dilbar786 on (September 6, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

@lifeofjoy..ajmal took those wickets on flat pitches...whereas philander

Posted by Desiboi80 on (September 6, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

Getting an award is not a right but a privilege that many commenting below me have failed to understand. Same way, going up to final 4 is a privilege and not a right that PCB and the fans should be making a hue about. In a game, somebody has to win and somebody has to lose and well, Ajmal is not a winner this time around for the awards. That does not take away the wickets he has taken or games he has won for Pakistan. Don't force yourself on anybody(in this case on an award/ICC). The final nominations were based on voting process that involved cricketers and journalist from around the world and if Ajmal wasn't there choice then so be it. Don't compare this situation with Swann incident because Eng complained about Swann wasn't included in the list of 40+ people, it wasn't about last 4 based on voting. So, understand the issue before zealously chanting against unfairness. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and think that there is always a conspiracy behind everything.

Posted by sundoo on (September 6, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

On Paper his wickets do demand inclusion.Perhaps the Jury weighed in the opposition teams strengths against spin bowling and may be thought that the wickets ought to have come against spin able batting teams. Its just a thought. My personal take is ,he should have made it.

Posted by .virk on (September 6, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

may be ajmal don't need award from ICC but atleast PCB is right to ask ICC in his case, what is the proceedure of nominations?.... 1st in ODI , 2nd in T20 and 3rd in Test what should someone do more for nomination (Cricketer of the Year)? I guess ICC want to see 4th in Batting too ;) and then will nominate him..but still will not award

Posted by DrAtharAbbas on (September 6, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Cricket is a sport and it is played just for pride, I repeat that there is nothing more to it than PRIDE. Winning the world cup to winning an award, for the nation and for the fans, it is for their pride. Everyone saying that just move on and it is just an award. I completely disagree and say "it is our pride, don't move on". If we let go our pride, then let us forget everything about cricket A few years from now, Same people will say Philander was better than Ajmal because he was nominated for the award. This same award will become the justification of Philander's superiority. DO NOT MOVE ON, but play your cards effectively and intelligently.

Posted by Munafis810 on (September 6, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Amla - 915 runs in 10 tests @ 65 Clarke - 1355 runs in 14 tests @ 59 Sanga - 1444 runs in 14 tests @ 60 Philander - 56 wickets @ 16.7 Ajmal - 72 wickets @ 24.3

Look at Philanders strike rate.....and people still want Ajmal there. Also Philander bowled against top cricket nations not Zim,SL and English who become minnows when the hear word spin

Posted by szaidi on (September 6, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

Sea biscuit , Mander where were you when ECB asked to include Swan and ICC included him. Was that not an interferance? We cannot close our eyes and says everything is right. Wrong is wrong and need to be addressed.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

Why why why why philander is nominated for cricketer of the year while he only played test cricket.for test player of the year his nomination is right but for cricketer of the year this nomination is totally madness.i think selection jury is insane and crazy . For me Philander is test player of the year, kohli is odi player of the year and ajmal is cricketer of the year. Not only PCB but other boards should also bycott this cermony .

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

a big laugh for people who think ajmal didn't made the right impact, perhaps to make an "impact", you need to get all 60 wickets in a 3 match series against world number one team.... but actually PCB should get through this as it is men who honor awards, not awards who honor men....... and a thing for our neighbors, ajmal wasn't devastating against India in asia cup(still he was the best bowler of whole match) but one match never says all. when afridi blasted kumble and bhaji all over ground, we didn't labeled them a mediocre...

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

"It is insulting to the whole team" really? got some false prestige to spare?

Posted by TRAM on (September 6, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

@aa61761, Your stats tell me Philander has taken a wicket every 16.57 runs (the best of the list) while Ajmal has taken a wkt every 24.29 runs and stands 3rd in your list after Broad. Philander is way ahead of others. If your objection is that Ajmal should have been there in the short-list, I think that is fair. But should Ajmal have gotten the award, No, I dont think - based on the stats. But mere stats dont tell the quality of the bowler, I agree - but thats different point though.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal have got 120 wkts in 44 innings at avg of 23 and strike rate of 45 across all formats. . . . . . and Veron Flindar got 57 in 10 innings that includes only 1 odi how he can be selected for the cricketer of the year . . . . ok he may be selected for a test cricketer of the year but selecting him over Saeed Ajmal for a cricketer of the year is a poooor decision. . . . . . . further saeed should have also appear in test cricketer list as well in place of either Mical Clarke or sangakara

Posted by ash.pak on (September 6, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

@ FadeToBlack Wake up dear u r still sleeping ajmal is alot better thn any spinner only ravichandan Ashwin can b compared with him as i love to watch both of them the most dangerous is still ajmal who can deceive batsmen like KP, Mahela not on one occasion but many

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (September 6, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

Why all the drama? Yes he was prolific, but remember, the only team he averaged UNDER 25 against in that period was against England. All the other teams he played in that timeline: Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, took him for more than 25 runs per wicket. It is not as if one series can make a person get such an award. Philiander deserves it more

Posted by A_S_M on (September 6, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

If the bowling figures provided by "aa61761" are correct then it will be Philander who has fared better and not Ajmal. One can work out a simple formula to calculate the overall performance - multiply the Ave, Econ and SR for each player and see who has the lower figure - as these are parameters desired to be lowest for the best bowlers. Ajmal has figures of 3537 while Philander of 1640 (rounded to the nearest whole number)!

Posted by ejsiddiqui on (September 6, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

It is not justice but I think Pakistan should move forward on this issue and concentrate on performance. Don't give ICC awards too much hype. We love Ajmal, he is the best spinner in the world no matter ICC gives him award or not.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

I don't know why Philander is in this, yes he had a tremendous year in Tests, but he hasn't played well in any other format. Ajmal has played very well in all three and he deserves that spot.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

It is really wrong to keep Ajmal excluded from the list. He deserve to be there more then anyone as he played vital role defeating England 3-0. We don't see no1. team to be defeated like that everyday!

Posted by Dr.Vindaloo on (September 6, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

So much fuss over a gimmicky ICC award. Come on, get over it. PCB should not be so thin-skinned, though I'm sure BCCI would have done a good line in outrage if one of its own had missed out in a close call.

Posted by Psd1974 on (September 6, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

Honestly no doubt about why Ajmal should not be in this list, we indian fans always envy his class & talent, it's really unfortunate he is not listed in the final list. I can't comments on others as they are equally good players but Ajmal has certainly made the impression which is backed by his performance as well to be in this link. Anyways looking forward him bowling against our Stars. One will loose, one will win, please have a real sportsman spirit.

Posted by Tahir_Anjum on (September 6, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

@ All Indians: Its really really good to see the Indian are supporting Ajmal too. Thanks to all of you for supporting. plz publish

Posted by stabish on (September 6, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

This is lunatic for ICC to exclude Ajmal from getting the award. This guy has taken more wickets than anyone else, dominated English batsmen & most of the other nations have no clue how to handle him. Why only mention about Amir sohail & Mr Bhatti & not the others in the committe? You just can't justify this. ICC should reconsider thier decission & include Ajmal because he deserves it more than anyone else.

Posted by MZub on (September 6, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

We should stop acting like sore losers and accept the nomination committee's decision. We're turning this into a bigger deal than it really is. If he had been nominated, we would be expecting him to get the award which, if he didn't, would result in another whine fest. PCB's appeal was more than enough for an award.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

If graeme swann got included after ECB protest in 2010 then why not Ajmal!!! PCB is doing what should be done!!!

Posted by aa61761 on (September 6, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Test Bowler of the Year (4 Aug 2011 to 6 Aug 2012)

Overall figures Player Mat Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 5 10 Saeed Ajmal (Pak) 12 1749 72 7/55 10/97 24.29 2.60 56.0 3 1 HMRKB Herath (SL) 13 1767 70 7/157 12/171 25.24 2.49 60.5 6 1 VD Philander (SA) 9 928 56 6/44 10/102 16.57 2.99 33.1 6 2 SCJ Broad (Eng) 10 1133 47 7/72 11/165 24.10 2.78 51.9 2 1 GP Swann (Eng) 11 1432 46 6/82 10/181 31.13 3.09 60.4 3 1

Saeed Ajmal has a much stronger case than any one else.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Ajmal has performed well across all formats in the given period ( Test , ODI , T20). What i do not understand is why did PCB go for only the Test Cricketer of the year award. They should have also gone after the 'Cricketer of the year' award. Thats where Ajmal has more chance of winning than just being nominated.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

If I was playing for Pakistan I would not attend the awards if Ajmal was not nominated. It is insulting to the whole team not just Ajmal. Pakistan Team should not attend the awards and totally boycott it. There is nothing more than pride and self respect.

Posted by Stark62 on (September 6, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

I love this stance from PCB.

Philander had great year in Tests but doesn't play ODI's or T20's, Clarke doesn't play T20's and Amla had a very, very poor T20 series against Bang and Zimb, whilst Sanga is the only one in the category of 'Player of the year' award to have done well in all formats and the only other person that can rival him is.........AJMAL!!

Posted by TheGreatestGameEverPlayed on (September 6, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

I think Pakistan shouldn't go after ICC asking an award for Ajmal. Everyone knows he is a wonderful bowler. And Pakistan know it better than anybody. Let the international to understand it by themselves. Don't go 'n urge for a recognition. When Muttiah Muralitharan who is now praised as the greatest bowler ever by the international community, faced difficult situations in the past Sri Lanka didn't ask anyone's approval. They just "STOOD TALL". I think Pakistan should do the same.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (September 6, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

cricinfo can you many people favoring AJMAl...also keep in mind not al l from PAk.....Ajmal deserve for AWARRD ...but justice there ZAKA ASHRAF right one have good wickets figure than AJMAl

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

not included - forget about it - u should get awards by protesting

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

i think your performance should speak and you should be selected without putting pressure. Even by putting pressure he got selected will not win for long time. Ashraf should stop interfering in ICC matter or might have to pay hefty fine for interfering in ICC decision. If pakistan won't attend function nothing matters to ICC or to the World of Cricket.

Posted by Afta on (September 6, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

The ICC has made a decision and lets stick by it, whether right or wrong. I just cannot understand why the PCB is hell bent on making things difficult for the players/Pakistan. Its been a tough ride for Pakistan cricket, with credibility issues (spot fixing) no home games etc. Give the credit to the players, they've stuck together withstood all kinds of pressures and achieved a lot. Well done..! and hats off to these guys. At this juncture they are really performing well and I am sure they will be victorious in the world T20 to be held in Sri Lanka. If you think injustice was done to Ajmal, let the team and all of us unite and prove to the world that Pakistanis are no pushovers.

Posted by OhPakistan on (September 6, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

Ajmal's exclusion is synonymous to USAIN BOLT's achievements not recognized by I.A.A.!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

PCB is clearly over reacting. A cricketer isn't remembered by ICC awards. It's cricket not Hollywood. Such awards make no difference in cricket. How many ICC awards has Dhoni won? Does that matter? Instead PCB should concentrate on grooming high quality fast bowlers and wicket-keepers that they once used to.

Posted by davidatlas999 on (September 6, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

@Sriguy how can you say ajmal did not in impact he destroy world no1 team only alone.3.0 on world no1 and yet you saying like that what you want more then that.yes pcb did right thing.where this Jury grow up they did not see ajmal distraction.i think this Jury did not follow any pakistani series.thats why they did not pick ajmal.and some ppl saying that ajmal playe in only spining wkt.for those we have one q where philander played? In sa only on fast and bouncy wkt where 300 is very good score ajmal pick wkt on those wkt where 700 and 600 scored regulrly and normally.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

all those who are saying that ajmal didnot make an impact, should reconsider their cricketing knowledge. he is the man of the series continuously throughout the season..

Posted by FanofGame on (September 6, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

I am also wondering how he was nominated when there are two Pakistan representatives are in the committee.

I am also from India and I strongly agree that he should be included.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

shame on you who says we have to keep quite. we must protest, and fight for our right. this is not a small issue. our protest means itself that ICC has to change its procedure. well said Ashraf "bring forward any one who took more wickets than Ajmal". Hats off to Ajmal for his brilliant performance, and Ashraf for his brave stand. if other countries can fight for their right and ICC can reconsider there decision then why not now.

i totally support PCB for their protest. GO PAKISTAN GO.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

@sriguy kid i think you dont understand cricket. He was the highest wicket taker if you combine the wickets in all the three formats with a margin of 40 wickets with the number 2 player who took wickets in all the 3 formats.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

@Usman sharif , nobody is denying philander has been great (even if i ignore that you think newzealand and srilanka are not minnows - thats down to your lack of recent cricket information) but ajmal deserves his inclusion in that list in place of lets say Michael clarke - made most of his runs against india (geof boycotts grandma would make a 100 against them indian fast bowlers). However I agree with you that pakistan should not protest as it sounds sour grapes and pakistan don't have enough support inside ICC like the indians or english. So they should move on. But that doesn't mean that ICC should not improve its faulty procedures. How good Ajmal is ? Ask sachin and peterson !

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 6, 2012, 14:03 GMT)


Posted by sam_m on (September 6, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

Nothing to see here folks. PCB being PCB. They have to stay in the news and be relevant. Ajmal deserves better than the PCB.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

GUYS GUYS GUYS, PCB should ask BCCI for the Support! If we support you then not only your Ajamal gets nomination but he will definitely wins too , Any doubt?!

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

they should not step out of their words

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

@PureTm Ajmal was excluded from 'Cricketer of the year award' not 'Test crickter of the year'. Ajmal performed exceptionally well in all three formats of the game, but you can't say that about Clarke, philander, Sanga.

Posted by omairhr on (September 6, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

How many awards PCB has given to Saeed Ajmal???? Stupidity from PCB to say the least. The short-list comes from a vote and ICC has made it clear that it does not have authority over who is included!

Posted by alischeme on (September 6, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

@Sriguy Dude what you don't understand is that he was named man of the series against the No.1 ranking test team after claiming 24 wickets at an average of 14.70. That should be enough to make an impact on its own. I agree with what you said about KS, HA and MC. They were all just amazing. Can't say much about Philander because I've not been following him.

Posted by pauln2 on (September 6, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

I didn't see Ajmal play in the last 12 months but I saw the other four, and I don't know who you'd leave out to make way for him. Clarke played a string of outstanding innings - that 150 in South Africa was the best of them but the 300 wasn't bad either - while you'd happily give Sangakkara and Amla 60 every time if they promised not to bat. Philander was devastating all year. It's nice that there are more than four outstanding test players who were worthy of consideration for the award and no matter which one of them wins it, he'll deserve the accolade. Pakistan should be proud of their man's performances, which were also outstanding, but the reaction to his missing the list is over the top.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

pcb is right this time! Ajmal is genius he deserve to be in the race of cricketer of the year, icc is a joke now these days. i don't trust them.....

Posted by couchpundit on (September 6, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

Clearly its Amla,Philander and Ajmal who would be in top three.... Clarke defeating india(in home conditions fast bouncy pitches)...whats special about it? Seriously? Clarke in that list is a joke

Posted by rashidawan on (September 6, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

Can I know the definition of "impact"? :)

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

I am a Pakistani, and I think we need not make any protests on the exclusion of Saeed Ajmal. Saeed Ajmal is in a class of his own, and his exclusion from the short-list makes the award that much less relevant.

As for suggestions that PCB would be in trouble simply for making this noise, I think ICC would play a very dangerous game if it decided to rob PCB of the right to protest.

Pakistanis need no ICC stamps to know we have a special talent in our team, one who commands respect through sheer brilliance and through his performance - just as he proved yesterday in the field just as the perceived snub from ICC made the news.

For the record: My pick would have been Amla even if Ajmal were in the short-list.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

At Bilal - Dude that was the only highlighting occasion for Ajmal - when he routed the English batsmen on spin friendly wickets ... Come on man .. how many times did Murali bamboozle them on Sri Lankan wickets and English wickets ? But did he ever get an ICC award ? No ... The fact is English players will never be good at playing spin on the subcontinent ... What stands out is when someone performs out of their own backyard .. Like Amla did in England and Sanga did in SA ...

Posted by Champ2000 on (September 6, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

I think problem is , Ajmal is Pakistan and that panel did not care abut Pakistan as much. Pakistan should boycott this and 20 20 world cup as well.. Then next time everyone will do this again to earn the boycott.. Does hat make sense.

Posted by arashrafiq on (September 6, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

@sriguy LMAO , happy belated birthday bro , that's all I can say

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

Ask England and AUS , Who is the best bowler they faced in last one year. They will tell you what Ajmal did to them. The number-1 side and mighty AUS was made to look like a bunch of school kids playing in the street..

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

@sriguy: i think u are not aware of England white wash series...

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

Amla Is Exceptional But He,s Batsman There is no competition between amla and Ajmal. Ajmal Competing With Vernon Philander No Doubt In Reality Ajmal Is A Class Greatest Off Spin Bowler In Modern Era ICC Members Always Against Pakistan Plyar and team look at T20 Ranking U Will Find Out ..................... So The People ,s Choice And In Reality Hashim Amla Will Be The Winner Of Batsman Award And Without Any Competition With Any one Saeed Ajmal Is Deserve The Award Of Bowling

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

Zaka Ashraf is not Ijaz Butt and would not do such a stupid action as boycott. The first problem is that why did Pak not object to the Jury in the first place. Why do we have only 2 representatives out of 32? Do all test playing nations have 2 reps each? Looks like SA has more representatives on the jury. Even if Pak does get Ajmal on the list he will not get the award. the award will go to Sangakara or Amla.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

Yet another googly from ICC............

Posted by ElPhenomeno on (September 6, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

I think what PCB fails to realize is they are not in a good situation when it comes to world cricket. PCB boycotting a function no one deeply cares for them to attend to begin with is hardly going to make a dent. There is no point for zaka to start acting like his predecessor. Yes, azmal should have been given more consideration, but awards are like popularity contests. They need to rise above it and get over themselves.

Posted by gabrialgihan on (September 6, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

@Bilal Hidayat Murali has done it more than anyone in the world and his lifetime average and strike rate is better than what ajmal has achived this year and then murali had to nominate every single year for the award but he never did so chillout.

Posted by gabrialgihan on (September 6, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

@ Zahidsaltin you are talking senseless here sanga has been the No 1 ranked test batsman more than half of the year.and he deserved be there more than anyone else?did you remember what happend to Ajamal against sanga he almost scored 2 double centuries and ajmal couldn't get his wicket after bowling more than 100 overs...

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

Presently cricket is being played in THREE formats; Test, ODI's and T20's. So, logically the Cricketer of the Year Award should account for the performances in all three formats. Now coming to the short listed players for the award, the only bowler short listed is Vernon Philander whose performance during the assessment period (04Aug2011 to 04Aug2012) is as under: Tests: 56 Wickets in 9 Matches at an Average of 15.57. ODI's: 1 Wicket in 1 Match at an Average of 39.00 T20's: No Match Played. Compare the above stats with the stats of Saeed Ajmal during the assessment period: Tests: 72 Wickets in 12 Matches at an Average of 24.29. ODI's: 37 Wickets in 22 Matches at an Average of 22.57 T20's: 11 Wickets in 8 Matches at an Average of 14.72 Make up your mind who's better option for ICC Player of the year award.

Posted by Munafis810 on (September 6, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

@Bilal Hidayat on who asks @Sriguy: Ajmal no impact? He almost single handedly white washed the then No 1 side England in 3 tests in UAE.

You answered your own question mate. It was spin bowling and Ajmal is decent spinner but again it was ENGLISH batsmen on spinning track. Thats like becoming minnows moment English hear word SPIN. Besides it was tracks of UAE. Philander has not made SA loose a single series. His impact was greater in first few tests in terms of 5fers,results of game and as surprise factor. Besides pleading to be rewarded is no fun. If Ajmal is so good he should perform and getting in next years list should be easy for him. Besides Pakistanis were present in panel so it was not as if Pakistan was not represented. Ask them what happened. Ajmal is good but others performances were bit more better - simple accept that fact and peace of mind is imminent or else world vs Pakistan conspiracy will get blown up

Posted by kamran.afzal on (September 6, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

PCB is not doing a good job at making their stance clear. While I think Ajmal deserves to be in the running for Test cricketer of the year, you cannot deny that place to any of the other four either. They were all remarkable. I think the issue that most people should have is on Philander appearing in the "Cricketer of the Year" category... the guy doesn't even feature in 2 out of 3 formats. Replace Philander with Ajmal on that list, and no one can argue much against it. That said, unless ICC increases the size of the shortlist, which is also a far cry, nothing is going to happen. And at this stage you can't really blame ICC for that.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 6, 2012, 12:43 GMT)


Posted by SALUL on (September 6, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

what did clarke and philander do so special to be there?

Posted by bdsmaruf on (September 6, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

ajmol should be in short list.

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (September 6, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Ajmal deserves to b d winner..

Posted by Badgerofdoom on (September 6, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

This is very immature from the PCB. While personally I would have put Ajmal on the list if the independent jury decided otherwise then I'm afraid that's the end of it. The ICC really can't overrule that decision. The previous case of Swann in 2010 is not the same as that was an administrative error by the ICC, not the decision of an independent jury. I think its the wrong decision to exclude Ajmal but having lodged a protest any further action by Pakistan will just appear petulant.

Posted by JohnnyRook on (September 6, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

I am an Indian who like many non-Pakistanis thinks Ajmal got snubbed. I think it is very stupid of ICC to have a seperate award category "Cricketer of the year" and then nominate Philander for it who has played only 1 ODI and no T20 whatsoever. But then this is not its first stupidity and it sure is not gonna be last. Also why is Ajmal not a nominee in ODIs. He has taken 47 wickets at less than 20 avg. It is certainly better than Sangakkara who made his runs at an avg of 42 which is good but not really award worthy. However PCB should focus on how to make process better for next year (making a more suitable panel, pitch for more Pakistani members in the jury, talk to E&Y auditors or ICC) instead of being confrontational. It doesn't help abybody and especially hurts Pakistan itself the most. If you get a rough decision, don't argue with the umpire on the pitch.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (September 6, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

When you have 2 Pakistanis in the jury then PCB should better ask them not ICC

Posted by ajmaldomintesswann on (September 6, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

@usmansharif...dont be is easy to write than prove.philander took wickets against lower ranked teams than south he played only test matches.ajmal played two series against top teams than pakistan.thats main ajmal was equally good in all 3 formats.its all about impact on the ajmal is way better than top bowlers like steyn,anderson,mrkel.its batsmen era with flat pitches mostly like dubai.those points clearly show something else.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

Be Brave....we know ICC will come hard on Us by highlighting Ajmal's bowling action....but this does not mean we stay quite....Ajmal is the BEST

Posted by Yasassri on (September 6, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

Ajmal has participated in all 3 formats of the game. 37 ODI wickets addition to his 72 wickerts in Tests. 11 T20 wickets. Considering nomination for 'ICC Cricketer of the Year', must have consider all 3 formats. So He has performed well like 'Sangakkara' in all 3 formats.

Posted by Sal76 on (September 6, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

@Pure Tom - I agree with your comment about Test Cricketer of the Year being rated against Test results and the outcome of other formats not being a factor for this award. Here's the stats for the qualifying period: Ajmal/Philander - 8/6 Matches, 16/12 innings, 433.2/203.0 overs, 107/43 maidens, 1088/619 runs, 54/42 wickets, Best Bowling in an Innings 7 for 55/ 6 for 44, Best Bowling in a Match 10 for97/10 for 102, Average 20.14/14.73, Econ 2.51/3.04, Strike Rate 48.1/29.0, 5-wickets - 3 times/5 times, and 10 wickets 1 time/2 times. So this is the statistical comparison during the qualifying period. Now I don't know what the final qualifying criteria was, but does Ajmal deserve a shot in the final list, hell yeah. My only question is, after all WHAT WAS THE CRITERIA for the final selection? The answer to that question would potentially address the PCB's concern.

Posted by sharj33l on (September 6, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

i am pakistani and i am with the decision that ajmal must not be in the list.


cheers to life

Posted by Muzgrob on (September 6, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

For test cricketer, Vernon Philander has been far and away the best bowler... Though I do still believe Ajmal was hard done by to not replace Michael Clarke.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

There's another thing which bothers me a lot. Historically most of the awards have been taken by batsmen which disturbs the balance of bat & bowl war. Out of the nominated players in four main categories this year 12 are Batsmen and only 4 Bowlers. It suggests that in ICC's mind Cricket is clearly a Batsman's game.

Posted by desti-007 on (September 6, 2012, 12:02 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

@Sriguy: Ajmal no impact? He almost single handedly white washed the then No 1 side England in 3 tests in UAE.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Im a Pakistani and I think PCB should not boycott the awards instead they should come up with some suggestions to improve the voting procedure to avoid the same from happening in the future.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

@FadeToBlack , Herath is no way near to Ajmal's class. And if this is way then why ECB protested for Swann??? N how is Clarke in the list,only by playing a 329* against a bowling attack which is even worse then BDs. So, it will b a very good decision if PCB boycotts the awards..... Cheers!!!!

Posted by QingdaoXI on (September 6, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

Ajmal was the reason Pakistan Beat Number 1 Ranked England 3-0, so as compare to anybody he should not only be in the top 4 but he also deserves the award- Best Cricketer of the Year Award. Sanga was good vs Pakistan in both series but was floored in ENG and Saf, Amla played well and so did the clarke, but the tough competitor for Ajmal is only Philander. Give the award who deserved more or you can give it to both Ajmal and Philander can shared the award.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

If u can win ICC Player of the year nomination entirely and totally due to Test performance(like Philander) then whats the point having two separate awards? I think at least Saeed Ajmal deserved a nomination in ICC Cricketer of the year, maybe Test player of the year nomination as well as he's leading wicket taker. I think Philander should win Test Player of the year but Im just surprised why Philander is in ICC Player of the year when he has done nothing in ODIs and T20s. Whereas Ajmal performed across all formats. Consider all international cricket and Ajmal took 120 wickets; his nearest rival was a distant second with 84 wickets.

Posted by PureTom on (September 6, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

If you read the accompanying articles you will realise that this is the TEST CRICKETER OF THE YEAR AWARD, not Cricketer of the Year which makes a lot of the posts below irrelevant.

Posted by zain89 on (September 6, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

I don't think this matter is important as compared to amir n asif... PCB should be protesting on that one rather.... I think award doesn't matter to bowler like him. Opposing batsmen have appreciated the skill of the man with the ball and we all know he can be devastating even not on his day.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

I am a Pakistani and i think that Jury's decision is final. Why should we argue when it has 2 people from pakistan as well

And whose player would you keep out? Sangakkara with nearly 1500 runs in both formats? Clarke with 3 away test hundreds and avg of 50 plus in both formats? Amla with away triple century and great average? OR philander? Who destroyed NZ, Aus and SL? Average of 15 this year with 6 five-fors? Fastest man to get 50 wickets in tests? 4 man of the match awards???

Ajmal average 23 or 24 this year. Yes he was outstanding vs Eng but still he played 3 vs minnows. and no way u can compare Philander with Ajmal this year.... Bowlers are judged by average and not number of wickets..

PCB will draw itself in trouble if pak makes further noise

Posted by crickstats on (September 6, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

What Pakistanis don't understand is that the award is for the impact one makes in a year, for me I couldn't remember Ajmal making an impact, Vernon Philander made an impact, Hashim Amla made an impact, Clarke had a good series v India, which is always media highlighted, Sanga did make an impact all round.

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 6, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

@PureTom : In comparison, no one is going to point towards Amla - he was excellent in all formats he played and probably run away with the award easily. But why not Ajmal over Philander for the cricketer of the year when Philander played just one ODI and no T20(for records). he truly rocked tests and deserves the nomination in test cricketer of the year but certainly not for the Cricketer of the year! Even Clarke was not exceptional in ODI and no T20 anymore for him. Ajmal would be my third nomination for the award.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (September 6, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

A strong case for Said Ajmal to even win the title of "Crickter of the Year"could be advocated as philander did not play ODIs at all and can't be a player of the year which covers all three formates. Sanga doesn't even deserve to be their with his 1400 runs at an average of 60 specially because his averages against two top teams England and SA are 8 and 30. In ODI his average is 42. Nothing extraordinary in these figures. Normally we have a couple of players every year scoring at 80+. Clarck's test average and the total score isn't even better than that of Sanga's in the periode. For me it was between Ajmal and Amla.

Posted by SMALI_RWP on (September 6, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

Snubbing or walking away from decision which doesn't go to one's liking is not the way forward. Yes I agree Saeed Ajmal had a rough deal, he should have been included in the list of best 2012 cricketers. Whatever reason he was not included we must respect the decision of the panel otherwise anarchy would prevail. What should Pakistan board do is to address the situation by suggesting ways to improve the quality of jury sitting on the panel. this way I'm sure things will work out better for the future. Remember the semi-final of 1992 when D/L rule asked South Africa to score 22 runs in 1 over!!!. South Africa didn't not boycott the world cup presentation but accepted the outcome in good faith. Result is today South Africa a much respected memebr of ICC. So PCB knee jerk reaction won't go in your favour rather accepting it would, find flows and suggest ways to improve the working of ICC technical panel whilst staying within ICC as a memberof the cricketing fraternity. Cheer up PCB

Posted by Big_Chikka on (September 6, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

does anyone know the specifics of the voting on this and the criteria used?

Posted by FadeToBlack on (September 6, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

@Zahidsaltin - My bad if it's for cricketer of the year in taking only test stats. However the article only provides his test stats which made me think the test cricketer award is been discussed. i wasn't implying herath deserves to be nominated. i was implying that if its for test cricketer and if we are going by stats both ajmal and herath has similar stats for the period. it sounds a bit stupid for me if pakistan boycotts these awards just on the basis of ajmal not been nominated. after all you can't force someone to nominate you and the other players who have been nominated has strong performances behind them as well. anyway if ajmal is as good as you'll say i'm sure he will get nominated next year and probably win the award.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

Look answer is simple, if the included bowler got better figure than Ajmal then PCB should not complain. But they know he is not and that is why they are complaining. And if ICC has no authority on changing a clearly wrong decission then perhaps they should not be holding these awards and or not making these official awards. On the other hand if they are gonna stick with their decision then they cannt/shouldnt take the right of protest from the concerned team. PCB is excercising that right and cannot be held responsible/frowned upon. In fact, it should be welcome by all the countries so the next time if their player is prize is taken away wrongfully, they can challenge it and not just sit and take it.

Posted by NP_NY on (September 6, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

Oh, come on PCB, it's just an award. I think most fans around the world (including us Indians) agree that Ajmal should have been in the short-list. So relax and let Ajmal focus on his performance. I am sure in Ajmal's mind, the perception of fans around the world holds much more weight than these awards. Having said that, ICC should at least come up with a rationale for why he is not in the short-list.

Posted by ifrakurshid on (September 6, 2012, 11:00 GMT)


Posted by gabrialgihan on (September 6, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

@BeVeryAfraidi dude are you for real?? you think and ajmal and saqlain are in the same catagory as warne and murali... they are just babies for spin compairing with the legends.ajmal only have 120 wickets in test cricket man...

Posted by joshuahero_2010 on (September 6, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

Ajmal has not been the best Philander has been the best but SA don't play 100 games to get the best bowler like Pakistan

Posted by Tahir_Anjum on (September 6, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

@ Eliya Abbas Syed : PCB taking it too far ?? Really ?? What do you think of the Swann case in 2010 and ICC response???? Why ICC always does it to Pakistan?? Philander took wickets on green pitches and Ajmal on Spinning so both are equal. Now Ajmal may not win but don't you think that at least he needs recognition from ICC. He Top wicket taker.He is the best bowler. I am totally agree with PCB. IF icc (pathetic council in sports) do not change their decision than PCB should boycott.Plz publish

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (September 6, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

@FadeToBlack, Check it again mate. It's about crickter of the year. Herath's performance in ODIs isn't even half of what Ajmal has in the said periode. In 20 matches Herath only got 12 wickets at 61,25. It's not even worth mentioning. He is no match to Ajmal in all 3 formates though he comes close in tests with praisable efforts but even then inferior to those of Ajmal. Herath got 50 of his 70 wickets in Sirilanka where as Said Ajmal never played at home. UAE is an assigned vanue for home matches but is not a home. Just imagin if Sirilanka had to play all their matches in UAE, would you call that a home. Ajmal single handedly won a 3 match series 3-0 against the No. 1 ranked team. And be informed that only 15 of Ajmals wickets in this periode, are against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Ajmal has been the best spin bowler in the given time. In contrast Sanga is chosen for scoring 1440 runs at 60 including an average of 8 in 4 innings against England and an average of 30 against SA.

Posted by yasir.jaffri on (September 6, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

Presently cricket is being played in THREE formats; Test, ODI's and T20's, so logically the Cricketer of the Year Award should account for the performances in all three formats.

Now coming to the short listed players for the award, the only bowler short listed is Vernon Philander whose performance during the assessment period (04Aug2011 to 04Aug2012) is as under:

Tests: 63 Wickets in 10 Matches at an Average of 15.96 ODI's: 1 Wicket in 1 Match at an Average of 39.00 T20's: No Match Played

Compare the above stats with the stats of Saeed Ajmal during the assessment period:

Tests: 72 Wickets in 12 Matches at an Average of 24.29 ODI's: 37 Wickets in 22 Matches at an Average of 22.57 T20's: 11 Wickets in 8 Matches at an Average of 14.72


Posted by haseeb on (September 6, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

that wont be a smart move by PCB if they happen to boycott the awards ..There is a ranking system in place as well .. and most of the cricket teams knows how deadly ajmal is so u dont have to protest on this .. as there was a jury to decide on the nominations Chill PCB ..

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

Zaka Ashraf deserves full kudos for standing like a solid rock for the dignity of the nation. Players and awards come and go, but a nations dignity once compromised, can never be restored. So,Mr. Zaka Ashraf, please remain sure footed and be stead fast on this matter of principle. However, Mr.Aamir Suhail and Mr. Majid Bhatti must break silence, over their role, in omitting the name of Saeed Ajmal from the list. Both of them owe this explanation to the nation and lovers of the game world over. Else, whole ICC awards will look like a mockery, for which these people will be solely responsible.

Posted by fan2011 on (September 6, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

the selected four players if the short list is for four players, over the past year, Amla has been outstanding, no one can argue his presence in the last four, vernon philander has been magnificent, Sangakara missed out on 2 double centuries in two consecutives matches in august and his run scoring has been just as good as Amala. Micheal Clark not sure how much of what he did to get there. Maybe Ajmal could have been there instead of him, but then again if it had happened, 4 players of color, and 3 with Indian origin? will anyone except not a single white player not on it?

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

I never thought I would ever say this but kudos to the PCB for standing up against bias and politics. The exclusion of Ajmal is unfair as he has been one of the leading wicket takers in all three formats of the game in recent times. Anyway, even if he is snubbed by the ICC and doesn't get the award, he will still remain a top bowler.

Posted by BeVeryAfraidi on (September 6, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

@FadetoBlack - Mate,Ajmal's been the best bowler in the stipulated time period , Period. He is the highest ranked spinner in all formats barring Hafeez and as Kamran pointed out his tally of wickets 120 is seconded by someone with 84 over all formats - I won't be surprised if that someone is Afridi.He has much better strike rate than Herat, he always dominates the talk of the visiting teams and He single-handedly floored the much vaunted No1 test team during this time.he consistently made batsmen like Tendulkar,Pieterson,Bell,Clarke,Hussey Bros look like amateurs, who else better to be prized and acknowledged for his greatness !

Posted by PureTom on (September 6, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

Firstly, Amla is not a test opener, since we're getting all ruffled. Secondly, if you force your man in there is NO WAY he will win the award so what's the point? Yes Ajmal did very well over the year in consideration and deserves to be in the World 11, he even deserves to be in the short list, but he isn't. There are only 4 spots and all of those who got there deserve to be there to. So who does the Pakistan board suggest does not deserve to be there? Pakistan is one of the best teams in the world and it is tragic that international cricket is not played there at present but this is a BAD LOSER, SULKY response from a cricket board that would do far better to clean out their own house rather than always trying to clean out others.

Posted by latu on (September 6, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

ajmal is a very good offspinner.i dont belive that if he get a nomination for best cricketer he will do better for his country.i belive that boycotting is not a good option for pakistan.

Posted by NadeemYasin on (September 6, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

@FadeToBlack: Yeah, this is stupidness to exclude Ajmal from the list. You were able to see the series agains Ban and Zim, but your eyes were not able to see his performance against No. 1 side. Have you forget about Swann's Case when he was excluded from short list and then how ECB responded and then what was the reaction of ICC. BTW, just have a look on Ajmal'd performance against Autrailia, even there top order batsman aren't able to even to touch his ball. Ajmal Rocks..!!!!

Posted by tharindubultz on (September 6, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

i think ajmal should be there based of his great performances against world no 1 i feel if any bowler in the shortlist it should be ajmal.

bt in sri lanka he was undone by sangakkara this year belongs to dat great character sangakkara

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

Cant comprehend why people are complaining that this might result in further conflict wth ICC, may I ask when was the last time that ICC supported PCB on anything??!!! This is clearly an unjust act and its not just Pakistanis who are infuriated, almost everybody with any sense of cricket is confused. Clearly ICC lacks the sense and the spirit of the game!!

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (September 6, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

Won't be the first time. A strong message is neccessary to oppose the injustice. I have been reading cricket fans making comments on nearly 10 different forums and am witness to about 95 % of the comments coming in favour of Ajmal and denouncing ICC. A lot of English, indian and australian fans are also showing their concerns on biased and unworthy choices by a ICC committe which is heavily represented by some specific nations. The functioning of ICC is very partial in many different of their choices and is in a total contrast to many other world sports bodies.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

This is why cricket lost its fans all over the world. This is not a kargil war, its cricket, where you got to be fair. Ajmal is one of the best spin bowler in now days. If ICC is been dectated by one country then their is no rule of law exist. These player play cricket to be recognised and what they give you need to appreciate them with such awards. I am not a Pakistan but I have seen ajmal, great players talk about his spin.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

I have mixed feeling about this

Posted by Tigg on (September 6, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

It's a jury, they voted, other players were rated higher. PCB need to get over it.

As well as Ajmal did, Philander was the better bowler. In less than half the overs Ajmal bowled he took 80% as many wickets at an average 8 points lower.

Personally I'd have him up there instead of Clarke or Sanga but if the panel didn't put him there it's tough bananas.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

The PCB's taking it too far I think... Yes, I do strongly believe that Ajmal deserved a nomination but not being nominated for these awards shall not change the fact that he is the best spinner in the world right now. Secondly, boycotting the awards will only result in more conflict between the ICC and the PCB (which of course wouldn't be beneficial for Pakistan cricket.)

Posted by LoftierMuffin on (September 6, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

We are with Zaka Ashraf, and we want to see a STRONG message to be sent to ICC by PCB. ICC needs to give explanations; whether they like it or not

Posted by FadeToBlack on (September 6, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

This is stupid. Ajmal and Herath has similar records over this period with Ajmal's been marginally better. Herath performed well in SA as well while Ajmal's performance has been in spin friendly pitches. Also Ajmal had matches against Zim and Bang. Can't see what this fuss is all about. Even if Ajmal deserved to win the award actions such as this reflect poorly on Pakistan. If he is good enough he will win the award next year.

Posted by BeVeryAfraidi on (September 6, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

It's rare to get magicians and they shud b recognised , batsmen like Clarke, Sangakarra, Langer,Kirsten,Vaghan gets forgotten as new crop of batsmen rise up to take their mantle but magician like Warne, Muralist,Saqlain and Ajmal are immortals for cricket history.that batsmen heavy jury of ICC can't comprehend this simple fact

Posted by KEVINSL on (September 6, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

Absolutely happy about PCB Backbone.!! good example to neigbour south asian cricket nations

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