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Ajmal sweeps Pakistan awards

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January 12, 2013

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Saeed Ajmal is ecstatic after getting rid of Jonathan Trott, Pakistan v England, 3rd Test, Dubai, 4th day, February 6, 2012
Saeed Ajmal won four awards at the inaugural PCB annual awards night © Getty Images
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Saeed Ajmal, who was a notable omission from the ICC Test Cricket of the Year award list, has swept the bowling awards at the inaugural PCB annual awards function. Apart from being named the best bowler in all three categories - Tests, ODIs and T20s - Ajmal also won the PCB special prize for Best Bowler of the Year.

"Around the cricketing world, Pakistan over the years has been known for its bowling attack," Ajmal said. "To be named the best for the year from such a special group, for me this is an out of this world feeling. It took me 16 years to reach at this point in my life.

"Bowling in a Test match requires fitness, perseverance and skill. You have to think the batsman out. I am happy that I was rated as the best out of an attack that is considered second to none."

In 2012, Ajmal played six Tests in which he claimed 39 wickets at an average of 20.56, which was the best among the top ten bowlers. His best came in the UAE, where his 24 wickets at 14.70 helped Pakistan demolish England, the then No. 1 side in the world, 3-0. He also bagged 31 wickets in ODIs and 25 in T20s in this period.

Nasir Jamshed, who made a comeback to the Pakistan team last year, also won awards in more than one category. He was named Batsman of the Year in both ODIs and T20s, while the prize for the Test Batsman of the Year went to Azhar Ali, who scored 551 runs at an average of 55.10.

Mohammad Hafeez, who took over the reins of Pakistan's T20 team last year, was named the Player of the Year for his successes with both bat and ball. Junaid Khan, the young fast bowler, was named the Emerging Player of the Year.

The awards were decided by a jury comprising of Intikhab Alam, Pakistan's chief selector, Iqbal Qasim and veteran journalist Qamar Ahmed.

List of winners

Player of the Year - Mohammad Hafeez

Test Bowler of the Year - Saeed Ajmal

Test Batsman of the Year - Azhar Ali

ODI Bowler of the Year - Saeed Ajmal

ODI Batsman of the Year - Nasir Jamshed

T20 Bowler of the Year - Saeed Ajmal

T20 Batsman of the Year - Nasir Jamshed

Special prize for Best Bowler of the Year - Saeed Ajmal

Emerging Player of the Year - Junaid Khan

Lifetime Achievement Award - Imtiaz Ahmed

Most Valuable Domestic Bowler of the Year - Zulfiqar Babar

Woman Cricketer of the Year - Sana Mir

Blind Cricketer of the Year - Muhammad Jamil

Deaf Cricketer of the Year - Muhammad Shakil

Umpire of the Year - Ahsan Raza

Curator of the Year - Haji Muhammad Bashir

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2013, 2:51 GMT)

Speaking of new players - Sadaf Hussain - I think he needs to be selected at national level *urgently*.

At 23 if he comes into national sides, he can work on his fitness and speed. He averages under 18 after 160 wickets (in 50 innings)!

Posted by UK_Chap on (January 14, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

Cricketsasportnotproduct : It must eat you up to see Pakistan produce great bowlers like Ajmal, otherwise why would you make such silly and ungracious comments. He the greatest Spin bowler in the world at the moment and is recognised as so by ALL the people that matter. All the commentators, other players and teams respect him, his action has been cleared by the ICC and various other bodies. It is people like you that hide behind the anonymity of the internet and make these sorts of comments. If you said anything like this in the mainstream media you would be liable for slander and be in court quicker than you can count.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

Good to see Pakistan taking such initiatives and more delighted to see that Dave Richardson, ICC CEO, was invited to this event. PCB and Zaka Ashraf are doing everything they can for Pakistan Cricket.

Posted by Junaid11 on (January 13, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

@.Virk....... For Kohli Junaid Khan is enough.............. Ha ha ha

Posted by swat1999 on (January 13, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

One more category BEST WICKET KEEPER of the year never mentioned??I think Pakistan needs a talented wicket keeper cum batsman for all 3 formats. This is the weakest link of Pakistan Cricket

Posted by FRRR on (January 13, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

@drnaveed ,,, Fully agree with you

Posted by drnaveed on (January 13, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

Last year he took the most number of wkts , but ICC gave the award to philinder as he had a better average. this time , herath took the most wkts and ajmal has the best bowling average, see what ICC does this time, sure they will ignore him this time as well.................................... ????????????

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

@ Cricketsasportnotproduct : are you English or Indian ?? :P .. doesn't surprise me :P ...

Posted by Cricketsasportnotproduct on (January 13, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

Ajmal chucks & to hide his action, he wears a long sleeved shirt to conceal his bent elbow.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

good move by PCB. this thing should have been done many years ago but very good move. They should include couple more for women cricketers to encourage them. Also couple for domestic players so that new talent can be encouraged. very well done by PCB.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

hard to understand few -ive comments here, its nothing new , most countries have their own awards, like england, aus, Sa, & its good PCB started its own to encourage players. it has nothing to do with exclusion of ajmal from icc awards. 2nd why people are comparing bowlers from other countries? its domestic awards for pak players only.

Posted by .virk on (January 13, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

@Kohli_DaBest hahaha you so funny ;)

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

Good work PCB. This will motivate players to do well. Agreed, fielding award and domestic awards should also be included. Since international world is biased as can be seen when they excluded Saeed Ajmal from Cricketer of the Year list - these awards will do justice to Pakistan Cricketers!

Hats off to Pakistan Cricket Team for being the best even when they are deprived of playing their home ground. Still we are better than India whom we thrashed in both ODIs and T20s.

Btw I saw sympathies for Dhoni, when he was given 2 man of the match awards for moral booster; A question to rest of the world: where were your so called sympathies when you were nominating for cricketer of the year awards - remember Pakistan player played in unfavorable condition - as they actually DIDN'T play any match on their home spoil. This is why I think International think tank are biased. Shame on ICC and specifically on BCCI for being biased in their decision making, PERIOD!

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 13, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

It has to be said that the best from Pakistan team came under the most torrid of times. After the 2010 saga of epic humiliations and utter disgrace, the home security situation the worst in the history of the country, to see a cricket team emerge litterally from ashes is truely remarkable. A damn shame that the ICC and its so called academy didn't see this heart warming story. Ajmal alone chewed the poms on the first day of the UAE series, this should have been enough for him to be named cricketer of the year.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 13, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

Ajmal is certainly a deserving winner, and it is encouraging to see the PCB building Pak cricket. Always one of the top cricketing nations, Pak cricket deceives a lot better than they received under Ijaz Butt. Hoping the PCB goes from strength to strength.

However, if Ajmal believes that Pak's attack is, as he stated, "considered second to none" he might be in for a big surprise in South Africa. They will be facing the attach the everyone else* considers to be "second to none." And I think that there is no question that the Saffers will NOT be preparing any Dhoni style "rank turners," not with Ajmal & Rehman on their way. SA will not be pinning their hopes on Tahir vs Ajmal! That would just be cruel and unusual punishment … for Tahir, and he has had a bad enough season already after his Aus spanking.

*Excluding the myopic Aussies like jonesy2 and company, who still don't grasp the fact that Aus actually lost the series.

Posted by defflounge on (January 13, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

indeed! Ajmal rocks any time, any place.

Posted by apachiee_pk on (January 13, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

Great Work...PCB...Mr. President has some good things to mention for the upcoming elections by appointing Mr. Zaka Ashraf as chairman PCB, excellent initiative.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

@ ESPN Cricinfo & @Syed_imran_abbas

bhai jan 2 awards missing he. PCB Most Valuable Domestic Batsman: Haris Sohail PCB Life Time Achievement Award: Hanif Mohammad

Posted by AmjadZork on (January 13, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

Best of luck to Ajmal & Junaid Khan

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

How much i like this guy, he is so humble ,his smile what a guy and above all a great cricketer. Since he was robbed of icc COY award ,but it does not matter to his fans like me, may Allaha bless him with great sucess on sa tour. Cheers from J & K...

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

@Cric_info_pak stay withing your own area of knowledge and keep your feet on the ground while you make any comments at any public place.Don't name any other country if they aren't on your topic.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 3:52 GMT)

God Bless! Pakistan . Our cricketers have made us proud . Hats off to them with making the BEST of the conditions they have been in for the last few years . There are thousands of Pakistani Cricket fans all over the world including myself from NY always praying for their success . Jeet Kay Geo! .

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (January 13, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

Shame, there is no award for FIELDING. It shows how much it cncerns them to have an improvement in fielding. A fielding award should be for a person who shows the best ground fielding. It shouldn't depend on no of catches taken.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

v. good. they should also include best fielder of the year award to promote fielding. and like international level more firstclass rewards should be there.

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (January 13, 2013, 1:16 GMT)

where is the keeper of the year? good contenders could be adnan,kamran,umar akmal

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 0:47 GMT)

@ DaDaL0G: Zulfiqar babar is a spinner and awarded most valuable bolwer in "domestic" circuit. he has been selected for india tour by PCB selectors based on merit of his best domestic performance. So PCB has done its part with justice. After getting selected in team its upto captain and tour support staff (coach, manager etc) to get him into playing 11 or not. If captain and coach are confident with their already performing "spinner" (saeed ajmal) who is already on top of "international" cricket not domestic so why should they go for another spinner zulfiqar babar...?? Simply logical which dumb ppl like you cant understand and start criticisng PCB on everything. So stop criticisng PCB on each n every occasion and appriciate the initiative which is based on merit...well done PCB these awards are not a joke.

Posted by FRRR on (January 12, 2013, 23:46 GMT)

Ajmal is without a doubt the best spinner in the world .... And the best mystery spinner of all times ..... Go and make records in SA as well.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 23:26 GMT)

England in UAE (no home advantage for Pakistan).

Ajmal vs England, 3 Tests, 24 wickets @ 14.7 Rehman vs England, 3 Tests, 19 wickets @ 16.7

England in India (home advantage for India).

Ashwin vs England, 4 Tests, 14 wickets @ 52.6 Ojha vs England, 4 Tests, 20 wickets @ 30.9

Obviously Ashwin and Ojha are better, if your interpretation of the word 'better' is actually 'worse'.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 22:59 GMT)

@ Kohli_DaBest: Ajmal was by far superb bowler through out the year not only in Pakistan but all over the world..his balling was a treat to watch and excites like a fast bowlers balling. These ashwin, ojha, swann etc are not even in competetion to one series if someone performed better than him and he is the 2nd leading wicket taker it does't mean all of a sudden he is NO MAN. btw its not his fault that he is not the leading wicket taker in india series. The fact is the whole indian team already surrendered in front of junaid and irfan in all the matches that by the time ajmal's turn to bowl came no one left to bowl out...hehehe. So he's truly desrving. Congrats to all winners, PCB and Zaka Ashraf

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (January 12, 2013, 22:47 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal is also setting up an academy in Pak. What a great idea by him. I recall seeing Saeed Ajmal on TV interview once and he spoke about death of his father. He had tears in his eyes. That showed how much struggle this man had done to reach where he is now. His gentle, humble manner and smile is infectious. He simply bowls and let cricket ball do all the talk. Saeed Ajmal made world cricket's most over rated batsman Tendulya look clueless number of times however he never indulged in any word warfare. The creation of academy for Pakistani players is such a logical idea in a country that is so full of talent. Charity begins at home and Saeed Ajmal shows it. Inzemam Ul Haq building a hospital, Imran Khan building a free cancer Hospital and Saeed Ajmal doing this act are fine examples of sportsmen having a enduring legacy. I wish greedy record collectors like Tendulya could learn from such sportsmen! Sponsor endorsements will be forgotten but an academy will always be there!Thank u

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 22:26 GMT)

why not best fielder of the year it will be an encouraging award to lift the fielding standards

Posted by Malik121 on (January 12, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

Yeah I think its a great move by PCB to introduce the awards. Mr. Zaka Ashraf (chairman of PCB ) is doing a great job. He is going to open PAKISTAN SUPER LEAGE, wich is greag for Pakistan cricket and fans. We have got the most T-20 players in the world i think. So, its great. We have got a tough tour to South Africa, i hope we will do best in South Africa.

Posted by likeintcricket on (January 12, 2013, 21:46 GMT)

I want to see how Pakistan performs against #1 side of the world at their Home. But it will be much better than Indians ( 8-0). How come these guys like ( Kohli_DaBest ) are making comments after their side lost 2-1 at their home. Pakistan still possess winning record against all team in this region.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 21:41 GMT)

@Kohli_DaBest I think the award of the funniest comment goes to your comment without any doubt. Ashwin or Ojha over Ajmal? really? Ashwin's bowling figures were like 2/145, 3/183 in own backyard against england. lol compare that to Ajmal! Oh Sorry...I should not even think about comparing the two...because that is simple insult of Ajmal!

Posted by Cric_info_pak on (January 12, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

@kholi_daBest hahaha .... well ashwin and ojha then they list can be very big we have to take spinner from bangladesh and afganistan as well because ashwin and ojha is there class

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

saeed ajmal is the best in the cricket world

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 21:28 GMT)

@ Kohli_DaBest This guy is still in shock from the pak vs india series thats why he's posting such comments putting ojha/ashwin over ajmal lol

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

Must be added more 3 awards. Best keeper,best Batsman and best this in future, we can have best Leader for Our Team..

Posted by Waseem.Bukhari on (January 12, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

@Kohli_DaBest .... If you had only a little cricketing brain, you would never say anything like this. You don't need to dig deep to find who is the best among the spinners you mentioned. Just check ICC ranking.

Ajmal: No. 3 in Test, No. 1 in ODI & T20

Swann: No. 7 in Test & ODI, No. 3 in T20

Ashwin: No. 20 in Test, No. 7 in ODIs, not in top 5 in T20s

Ojha: No. 9 in Test, No. 98 in ODIs

The fact is that right now Swann, Ashwin, Ojha, (infact any other spinner in the world) is nowhere near Ajmal.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 12, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

Its a very good initiative by PCB. I hope they increase the number of jury to decide to make it more fair. But i think they gave it to very deserving guys. May be Haris sohail could have got best Domestic batsman award. Mr Zaka Ashraf is doing good job so far.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

I was there. This event was beautiful. A great step by PCB. Buddy u are missing hanif Muhammad's award. Plz include it Great signs for Pakistani cricket. May Allah bless Pakistan and cricket.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

Good initiative by Zaka ashraf. Apart from wicked arm-twisting of the Bangladeshi brothers and not organizing enough international cricket for Pakistan, he's been good. All the awards seem legit with deserving players all around getting them. Kholi da beast.. stop living in the lala land, come back to earth.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 20:31 GMT)

@Kohli_DaBest : Dream on... :-)

Posted by Kohli_DaBest on (January 12, 2013, 20:13 GMT)

ajmal was not that good in tour in india. only took wickets in docile wicket in last odi. still Pakistan couldn't win. in any world XI named today ASHWIN, OJHA, SWANN will get preference over ajmal.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 20:09 GMT)

Zaka Ashraf is best Chairman of PCB ever had

Posted by DaDaL0G on (January 12, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

Most Valuable Domestic Bowler of the Year - Zulfiqar Babar hahahahahaahah Most valuable Player aint got chance in International Cricket so what about other bowlers who are Least Valueable or not Valueable PCB is such a Joke

Posted by PakCric786 on (January 12, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

Well done Ajmal & co wish you all the best for the future and may Allah (swt) give you and Pakistan more success.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

Its a good initiative by PCB and would develop healthy competition between the players... Few awards should also be added like fielder of the year, best domestic player etc to improve players in these categories too...

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