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PCB to honour Ajmal - Ashraf

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September 10, 2012

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Saeed Ajmal continued to be effective in the second innings, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day, June 24, 2012
Zake Ashraf on Saeed Ajmal: "The PCB recognises you, and whether someone gives you the prize, that is immaterial, we don't care." © AFP

Saeed Ajmal, the Pakistan offspinner, will receive an award from the PCB following the World Twenty20, for being the 'No. 1 bowler in the world', board chief Zaka Ashraf has said. The announcement comes in the wake of Ajmal not being on ICC's shortlist for Test Player of the Year.

"Saeed Ajmal, we still say you're the No. 1 bowler in the world and the PCB recognises you, and whether someone gives you the prize, that is immaterial, we don't care," Ashraf said. "We congratulate you and when you come back home [after the World T20] we will give you a prize for being the No. 1 bowler in the world. The PCB is with you."

Ajmal was on the longlist for the ICC award, which will be announced at a function in Colombo on September 15, but did not make the shortlist that included South Africa's Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander, Australia's Michael Clarke and Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara. Subsequently, the PCB had lodged a protest with the ICC regarding his omission, but the ICC had said it could not revise the list as it had been put together by an independent jury. That prompted talk of a possible boycott of the awards function by Pakistan.

While the boycott wasn't a certainty, Ashraf said, he was hoping for a last-minute revision. "There is some error, I think the ICC should try to rectify it. At least his name should have been on the shortlist," Ashraf said. "I'm still hopeful the ICC will make a positive move by trying to rectify it.

"The PCB hasn't decided as yet to boycott [the awards ceremony], that will be an extreme step. But we are under extreme pressure. There have been demonstrations in Pakistan, people have come out in support of Saeed Ajmal; there was a big demonstration held in front of the PCB office. We've conveyed that to the ICC. It has [even] been taken up in the parliament in Pakistan, there's a big debate going on."

Ajmal had taken 72 Test wickets between August 4, 2011, and August 6, 2012, (the qualifying period for the award). He climbed to No. 3 in the Test bowlers' rankings and, last week, took the No. 1 spot in the ODI rankings.

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Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

thank god pakistan board didnt fight for not nominating mohamed amir, asif, salman butt

Posted by KamranZahid on (September 12, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

By the comments of most people here, it seems they don't understand what the PCB is really trying to do. I can understand that the silly actions of past Boards makes it difficult to take anything this Boards says or does seriously. But this isn't about self-created awards or glorifying a cricketer. It's about recognizing a player who they, as well as an entire nation, genuinely feel is a legitimate candidate for the top award. It's also a symbolic gesture to show their displeasure with ICC, and to show they will not continue to be ignored like this. And whether anyone agrees or not, Saeed Ajmal indeed is the best bowler of the past year with 120 wickets in all formats. It's not the opinion of one person or one institution or one nation... it's a matter of facts and statistics.

Posted by sonnet18 on (September 12, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

Thanx pcb for doing it...coz it done by indian cricket council in sort icc

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

Ajmal is the best, he is an artisian, he is the best there r only two others in the histroy of off-spin including Saqlain Mushtaq and Murli. If somebody derves a place in the top rankings its no other bowler than Ajmal. there r greats including Sachin and no body can take that place, the ICC should take that into considerations. Ajmal go ahead u r the real champion.....keep it up.

Posted by Last_ride on (September 12, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

@Haqparast mate we arent like England and Australia.South Africa never really had a problem against spin.Ajmal is great against England. The worlds worst players of spin.Against South Africa well it will be a different story..

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

PCB is awarding Ajmal who is still the best spinner in the world... every country has a right to recognise and award their player..... i am fail to understand why people from other countries has any thing to do with this..... THIS OUR AWARD , AJMAL IS OUR PLAYER ... We will do what ever we want.. You go award your flat track over rated bullies.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 12, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

COLOUMB'S LAW: Ajmal is directly proportional to mendis and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between Warne and murali..

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

@Mr.Infinity My neighbors kid gave his dad a best dad in the world mug but I have appealed the decision since I can produce statistics that I took my kid to the Zoo twice and he didn't even do it once! They refused to overturn the decision saying that the kid is an "independent jury" so I have unilaterally awarded myself the title of best dad in the universe and am boycotting the neighbors kids birthday party.

Posted by mtalhas on (September 12, 2012, 1:44 GMT)

so many ajmal's haters :) may be u guys didnt like the way he made tendulya and other greats his bunny..i guess thats the reason why u hate him so much..i mean come on keep aside the jealousy and take it simply as a game and art in which ajmal has mastered..there is no harm in accepting him as a spin maestro of a type which the world has never seen before.

Posted by khankijaan on (September 11, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

@LIFE-OF_JOY :: for ur info Ajmal's figure in the 2011 WC SF against ind were " 10-0-44-2",,he took 2 wkts of sachin and bhajji and was hit only 2 4s (1 of the edge),,he foxed Sachin with his magical deliveries in that match,,,go and watch highlights of his bowling in that match..and he went for 17 and not 20+in that last over against Huss in SF of 2010.....1 failure doesn't make him a bad bowler,,he's been improving since then unlike ur indian bowlers(fast)who tend to go down with the passage of time...

Posted by getsetgopk on (September 11, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Skewed analysis? its 9 out nine thousand or is it really 12, but yeah you have a problem with picking 9 out of 12 then lets talk number of wickets shall we? its no less than ONE HUNDRED INTERNATIONAL SCALPS. 4 more than two Philanders combined can get in a year. He is your best bowler and feel free to not like the way it is!!

Posted by hassaanster on (September 11, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

for all those who dont know he got the most no. of wickets (all formats combined) in the year 2011-12...120 wickets...the next best has 80 wickets!!...he IS the no.1 bowler in the world whether anybody likes it or not

Posted by hassaanster on (September 11, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

Glad to see PCB standing by ajmal and supporting him...some people will just continue to mock or criticize this board no matter what they do...i believe theyve done the right thing by acknowledging ajmal's performances through this award ...SA wouldnt have been no.1 today had it not been for was Pakistan's 3-0 whitewash that closed the gap between England and SA...120 wickets across all formats is no mean feat also considering how everything today is in batsmen's favor and yet the jury shortlisted 3 batsmen and only 1 bowler...what a shame!

Posted by getsetgopk on (September 11, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

PCB should honor Ajmal, 120 wickets in a year is no mean feat, let Philander or any other bowler from any other country worth his salt come up with anything close to that figure and then we'll talk. As of now there is nothing to talk about. Even two Philanders will not equal one Ajmal in terms of number of wickets. Would you believe that? Shame on the 'Academy'.

Posted by BattosaiXX on (September 11, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

@LifeOFjoy , What happened to same Hussey in 2012, last 3 T20's? I think the award is for 2012 and not 2009. I think your still stuck in 2009. Players improve or loose form. Ajmal has been going in one direction and Mike Hussey the other.

Posted by shahab2058 on (September 11, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

@Jeet Randhawa Normal proceedings for example DRS .... no ?

Posted by SwingReverse on (September 11, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

Ajmal is a superb bowler and PCB must reward him. On the topic of ICC, it has lost credibility by playing favorites to some nations and not supporting others. Guys like Ajmal get recognition from cricket lovers all over the world. An ICC award would have been nice but I doubt this will slow him down or break his spirit.

Posted by Mr.Infinity on (September 11, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

@ khurramsch : You are right. But they don't do it as an answer to ICC's awards. Plus they don't give awards named 'No. 1 Bowler in the WORLD!!!". That's like a kid giving Best daddy in world award to his dad. :)

I agree that he deserved place in nominations. I agree he is one of the best bowlers this season. But feeling so bad because of not getting nominated for awards and then come up with your own awards saying ICC's award is IMMATERIAL to us is really childish.

Posted by Eskay13 on (September 11, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

@ khurramsch, agreed that several boards do it. Not sure I've seen someone announce an award out of the blue as a reaction to, what they consider to be, a snubbing of one of their premier players. Such actions and statements by the PCB are more embarassing to Ajmal than enlightening to the rest of the world!

Posted by Eskay13 on (September 11, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

LOL! We need an Andy Zaltzman write-up dedicated to this... Hilarious!

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

saeedajmal is the best n James Badge Wing u dint knw any thin about awards

Posted by Munafis810 on (September 11, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

@ Aamir Ansari who says "Ask any of your batsmen to to middle 6 of 6 balls he bowls at them, we'll support the omission with you then.".......Looks like you need to be reminded on WC not that Mohali one where Ajmal failed to secure victory or wickets or make an imapct.....but the T20 2009 Wcup semifinal where Husssey Creamed 20+ in the cruical over which could have turned the game over. I am sure Hussey did not get all those strokes of edges but middled those and hit them for sixes

Posted by Haqparast on (September 11, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

@ Last_ride...This is your misconception....Read the following article:

There is no competition between Ajmal and Philander......You cannot judge the class of a player with few series....Ajmal is way ahead of Philander.....Now lets wait and see how Ajmal will ruin the batting line up of South guys can never pla spinners guys always struggle against Pakistani, Indian and Srilankan spinners and now its Ajmal's turn to toil you.....Be patient and wait for your to get ruined....

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

Oh dear, seems PCB making a joke of it. Just asking, what about the other players who couldn't make the short list? Do their boards also should give like this :) Common PCB, we expect more matured way.

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

@Last_ride, whether he would have won or not is immaterial. The fact is no one can deny he deserved a spot.

@James Badge Wing, your sentiment is laudable and I agree with you to an extent, but Pakistan cricket is unlike any other right now. Think back to all the events since the Daryl Hair Test, and you'll see how bruised the Pakistani fan is. This would have been international recognition that we have moved on from those dark years, we have had a remarkable year despite not playing at home, and that for the first time in many years, a Pakistani player would have been thought of as one of the best by his peers. Having said that, while I understand the frustration shown by the Pakistani fans and the PCB, the classy thing to do would have been to take this step in the first place rather than start threatening the ICC with boycotts.

Posted by khurramsch on (September 11, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

why many people making a joke of it here? many boards do it, wasnt swan named english player of year recently? amla named SA player of year? watson named AUS player of year recently? many boards doing this?

Posted by khurramsch on (September 11, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

@Badgerofdoom , @Jeet Randhawa, @ Behind_the_bowlers_arm, @ sam_m , Dheeraj Shetty: many boards do this type of own awards to honour their players. its nothing new pcb is doing so i am not sure why you guys are making joke of it? do you really know whats going on in cricketing world? SA, AUS , england many others also do these. I think pcb should not only honour ajmal but also best batsman,bowler for 3 formats & new talent. it will encourage them.

Posted by khurramsch on (September 11, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

good thing.many boards do this to honour their players. not only ajmalpcb should start awarding best bastmen, bowler in all 3 formats.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

This is ridiculous. Move on people!

Posted by Last_ride on (September 11, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

What would have he done even if he had been nominated.Amla,Philander would be the obvious first choice.One series against South Africa De villiers, Amla, Kallis would own Ajmal.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

no doubt ajmal should include in list

Posted by Haqparast on (September 11, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

@James Badge Wing Nice speech....You shhould not try to teach us the lesson what should we do....It is just ridiculous not to include Ajmal in the list....he is the most competitive man for this award......No competition with other in the list.....The players of country and others are just scared of him....he is a nightmare for you just stop teaching us and do your work.....we will award Ajmal if ICC dosen't do it....Carry on Ajmal, you are the best.....Australians, English and others are just scared of you.....

Posted by Joby_George on (September 11, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

am an indian, but undoubtedly i can say that, Ajmal is the best spinner in the world now.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

@Aamir Ansari The thing is many people agree that Ajmal should have been on the shortlist, but sometimes if you get a wrong decision you just have to get over it. If the umpire gives you out wrongly the best you can do is to walk away with dignity, equally if you don't win an award you feel you deserve, you just have to be the bigger man and walk away, making up a new award and then awarding it to yourself is childish and makes you look foolish.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 11, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

Ajmal the Majacian is no doubt the best at the moment. What a shame on those ICC selecting panel for making such a insane decesion of his exclusion.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

All those with posts against Ajmal, and supporting his omission, ask any of your batsmen to to middle 6 of 6 balls he bowls at them, we'll support the omission with you then.

Posted by atta4627 on (September 11, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

Mr. Zaka I Salute your performance so far and also will appreciate if you boycott the ICC award meeting this week, there in no doubt about Ajmal to be shortlisted, ICC is not neutral, they are always against Pakistan's players, they should reconsider and get him in the top five, last thing wana say " AJMAL IS THE BEST"

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

I like it.....sorry to say but the ICC has become a political outfit, blaming this on an independant jury is utter non sense! who appointed the jury? and who is incharge of the awards?? ...hmmmm isnt it ICC!???? stop thinking the rest of the world to be fools, Pakistan should get over it, they are the bad boys of cricket and will continue getting way foward for Ajmal is to keep on bullying the worlds best, he doesnt need a over glorified award to do this!!

Posted by voice_of_reason on (September 11, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

Does anyone really care who wins the ICC awards anyway? Whoever wins, Indian fans always say that Tendulkar should have won it. Pakistan fans always say that one of theirs should have won it but argue vociferously with each other as to who. Australians say that their boys will win it next year and for the next 20 years to come. WI fans will say that nobody was ever as good as their team whose players would have won it every year in the 70s and 80s. SA fans don't care because they know they're the best anyway and in reality their players ARE the best. England fans keep quiet because we're just waiting to see which journeyman county cricketers will be named as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year, the only true mark of success in the game.

Posted by sramesh_74 on (September 11, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

Don't cry beta !! PCB uncle is with you...

Posted by me54321 on (September 11, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

This whole episode has given me a good chuckle, but this latest act really is comedic. These awards are meaningless. I have no idea who won it last year, or any year in fact.

Posted by zak1980 on (September 11, 2012, 7:21 GMT)


Posted by sanjay5132 on (September 11, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

ajmal is pakistani so ignored NOT FAIR ICC!!

Posted by Sports4Youth on (September 11, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

The PCB is right in boycotting the Awards !!!

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

Why pakistan cricket borad is always having problem with normal proceedings. PCB always try to make a point out of nothing. Ridiculous!

Posted by Sports4Youth on (September 11, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

What a travesty. A true champion is being ignored by the ICC. I don't know what the ICC officials think about this show of power but I think they have shown their class and calibre i.e. the lack of it. A true champion does not wiat for awards and medals. Ajmals deeds will be remembered in history for a long long time to come. He has reinvented the art of off-spin. When the future generations will be told about his expoilts, they will find it so hard to believe that they may pressume it to be a mithological tale or an exageration or just any fairy tale. Yet the (so called) esteemed ICC in its (so called) wisdom has decided that Ajmal is not even fit to be in the short list of the players for the year awards. Once Mohinder Amarnath had said about the BCCI selectors that " they are a bunch of jokers". I think that now the same can be said about the ICC.

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

Award or no award, Ajmal stands out one of the best in the contemporary bowlers. He has bamboozled the best of batsmen with his skills. The idea of Boycott I think was not a bad one.

Plus I have to mention here that this PCB chief is far better than his predecessor i.e Ijaz Butt. He has made the correct decisions on many counts IMHO.

Posted by Jack_Tka on (September 11, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

A sportsman needs encouragement to keep performing well. I applaud this decision by the PCB to stand by the side of AJMAL. Unofficially, he is the best bowler in the world alongwith Steyn. Thats my take.

Posted by Nicholas94 on (September 11, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

Amazing PCB! Really loving the steps Zaka Ashraf is taking. Hope he keeps up the good work.

Posted by Srish85 on (September 11, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

Dale Steyn may be the best in Test matches and let him be the title winner too!! But this is not about Saeed Ajmal winning the title, but its about being considered after such wonderful performances. Man he is ranked 3rd in Test cricket and 1st in ODI and yet he is not shortlisted by the ICC!!! This is not fair ICC

Posted by gyusuf6 on (September 11, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

Well!!!this is funny, ICC did it for English spin bowler SWAN, didn't they?

Posted by vertical on (September 11, 2012, 5:55 GMT)

@Badgerofdoom lol,I agree it's just an award get over it.This would only make it all the more pathetic

Posted by srinideva on (September 11, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990, I agree with this one...

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

why make such a big fuss if it is "immaterial"?

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

President Zardari just did one thing right in his whole tenure, and that is an appointment of Mr. Zaka Ashraf. Bravo

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

I think president Zardari just did one thing right in his 4.5 years tenure, and that was an appointment of Mr. Zaka Ashraf. Not only he is sorting out this issue, but also the way he dealt with Mohammad Aamer and struggle to convince different countries to open up the ties with Pakistan, that's amazing. Well done Mr. Zaka.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

I do think Saeed is deserved to be given an award....

Posted by JaDeD_INDIAN on (September 11, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

Well done PCB finally you have started to back your players unlike when you did a blunder with Saqlain probably the best spinner in 90's. Congratulations Ajmal ICC awards doesn't matter you need your country's backing.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 11, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

@Rajesh india1990,no !rohit z miles ahead,ravindra or chawla r nt bad eithr@lifeofjoy,WHAT Z NONSENSE ABOUT ALLAN BORDR MODL OR "BHARAT RATNA"

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

I am in full support of Ajmal.... how the hell a bowler is nominated in top list who only plays a handful of tests and some like Ajmal is ignored who has been the best bowler in all three formats and playing almost all international matches his country has played......

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 11, 2012, 2:58 GMT)

Please give some awards to legendary KAMRAN AKMAL...lolz

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

ajmal is a great bowler and also a great humble of luck....from sri lanka ;)

Posted by Munafis810 on (September 11, 2012, 1:53 GMT)

Momma says "you are best" so what if school gave prize to someone" Heres your ice cream

Posted by mtalhas on (September 11, 2012, 1:41 GMT)

There havent been many occassions where PCB gave respect to its cricket legends. This seems to be a very good move. They should honour former greats as well.

Posted by RogerC on (September 11, 2012, 1:29 GMT)

This award by PCB is a bit over the top. However, Ajmal is definitely the best bowler in the world now.

Posted by bobagorof on (September 11, 2012, 0:07 GMT)

This seems a bit petty. Sure, it's a great achievement to be the No 1 bowler in the world (though according to official rankings, that title goes to Dale Steyn for Test matches), but do you really need to give someone an award because of it? Hafeez became the No 1 ODI on 24th August, does he get an award too? No-one had to give Holding or Roberts a special award for their contributions, and they seemed to cope.

Posted by Badgerofdoom on (September 10, 2012, 23:47 GMT)

Oh dear this is like getting an award from your mum "there there dear I know you're the best bowler in the world" embarrassing!

Posted by   on (September 10, 2012, 23:32 GMT)

haha, self proclaimed award, love it

Posted by   on (September 10, 2012, 22:19 GMT)

Thanx ICC for omitting Ajmal, he wouldn't have gotten that much support, had he been included in last fours.

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (September 10, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

I like this idea of self created honours. The NZ board has just announced that the Kiwis are the number 1 Test nation. And the Australian board has just claimed the Ashes. Rumours that the S Africans are thinking of granting Kallis another 20,000 Test runs so Tendulkar will have to play til he is 60 to retake his crown. Note to PCB : the award by the ICC doesn't mean anything to anyone.

Posted by Skylight28 on (September 10, 2012, 22:06 GMT)

What a coincidence! My mom just gave me an award for best son in the world!

Posted by K.A.K on (September 10, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

Ajmal, you are a winner!. Wishing you a wonderful T20 tournament and lots of success till you retire. Keep making us proud!

Posted by   on (September 10, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

Excellent move...Saeed Ajmal deserves the highest honour and prize

Posted by pak78 on (September 10, 2012, 21:38 GMT)

very nice gesture from the pcb chief..... sping king saeed v love you .

Posted by   on (September 10, 2012, 21:35 GMT)

Great step taken by Zaka Ashraf! Maybe the PCB can hold its own personal awards ceremony every year recognizing their players and performances... It would be another incentive for our young players to perform at a high level consistently...

Posted by sam_m on (September 10, 2012, 21:29 GMT)

If complaining doesn't work, create your own award. Genius move.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2012, 21:28 GMT)

Thanks to Zaka Ashraf for letting the world know what the whole country thinks about Saeed Ajmal. Every Pakistani supports Saeed Ajmal and we believe he is the best in the business.

Down with ICC.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2012, 21:02 GMT)

"Saeed Ajmal, we still say you're the No. 1 bowler in the world and the PCB recognises you, and whether someone gives you the prize, that is immaterial, we don't care," Ashraf said. " love u zaka ashraf... u have won the hearts of millions by saying this. truely thts what in our hearts and souls

Posted by DYNAMO987 on (September 10, 2012, 20:38 GMT)


Posted by Ncnotorious on (September 10, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

in the same period chanderpaul had as good stats as amla...but wasnt selected also...shows how much the WICB cares abt their cricketers compared to PCB.

Posted by santhoo24 on (September 10, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

I applaud PCB for honoring S Ajmal for his outstanding contribution to his country. A nice gesture by the board showing they care for thier players - this coming from an Indian. Congrats to Ajmal, and PCB.

Posted by i2mir2 on (September 10, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

The guy is 34 years old grown-up, for goodness sake! He doesn't need a hollow, meaningless award to validate his contributions. He's moved on and focused on what he does best. Perform! The PCB leadership would be better served if they focus their efforts on more important priorities - like, maybe figuring out how to consistently score >80 runs in an international match! Jeez - what a waste of space and resources!

Posted by   on (September 10, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

" It would have been very interesting to see the reaction if an Indian bowler with such great performance, not being shortlisted. "

Posted by   on (September 10, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

One another wonderful step from Zaka Ashraf.... What a wonderful man he is...

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