Ajmal is the No. 1 ranked bowler in both one-dayers and T20Is, and the top-ranked spinner in Tests -Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan will not boycott the International Cricket Council (ICC) awards despite registering a protest over the omission of off-spinner Saeed Ajmal from the shortlist of candidates.

“We have our strong reservations over Ajmal's omission from the awards list but have decided not to boycott the ceremony but we will only be sending some squad members to the event,” a spokesman for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Friday.

The annual ICC ceremony will be held on Saturday in Colombo but Ajmal - the top wicket-taker in tests for the qualifying period - is not shortlisted for test cricketer of the year, ODI player of the year or international cricketer of the year.

He was picked in the ICC test team of the year.

Talk of a potential boycott had even reached Pakistan's parliament. The PCB spokesman added that no board official would attend the ceremony.

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karamat
September 14, 2012 11:35 pm
Too right Hrleen - ICC don't deserve the respect they demand by cheap politics - However, Respect is earned, which Ajmal has.
junaid
September 14, 2012 6:06 pm
a good diplomacy to show ur firm stand! as paradoxical statement, as paradoxical stance. so some sense is finally pouring into PCB.
Syed Laal Topee
September 14, 2012 4:29 pm
cry babies. have some grace PCB.
Afzal Khan
September 14, 2012 6:46 pm
what is this what is PCB doing either they go or they don,t go this is a joke .PCB should boycott completely no if and butts. Ajmal is a world N01 if PCB can not back him up what else they will do for there team and teammates.?????
Khan
September 15, 2012 1:01 pm
Do or die! If you can stand for yourself, then forget it and don/t cry that injustice was done to you. You have tp respect yourself. You need to stand whay you say.
Mustafa
September 14, 2012 6:22 pm
Zaka sahib, please revise your dicision and boycott the event completely. You will not be doing any wrong but good.
Dr. M
September 14, 2012 10:10 pm
Yes, respect is earned but the bigotry must also be challenged.
afshanhmad
September 14, 2012 4:59 pm
you know about PCB but i think your know better
guest62
September 14, 2012 5:41 pm
I think its the best decision Not to Boycott But its the worst decision not to send any mentionable PCB board staff Yet there is a sliver lining that some one with a Pakistani Blazer ( green color jacket with Star and PCB insignia on it ), will be sitting behind the desk bearing the name Pakistan . PCB needs the support and backing of all Intl Cricketers/Boards and ICC to bring back the intl cricket to the country , any action rewinding back to the BUTT REGIME's knee jerk actions would be a disaster in the aim of bringing back the Intl cricket . So even if its half cooked measure , its better than the boycott
kirther
September 14, 2012 3:56 pm
Pakistan should have boycotted the ICC ceremony completely.
Kamal
September 14, 2012 7:13 pm
ICC don't care about Pakistan, so why should we care about ICC. Please BOYCOTT!!!. At least we will make a strong point here. I hope Ajmal wins the best bowler award in T20 World CUP.
a
September 14, 2012 6:11 pm
PCB doesn't have the gutts to boycott it ..... spineless..
Junaid
September 14, 2012 5:04 pm
.. and what will you achieve by doing a total boycott??
siraj
September 14, 2012 5:29 pm
Dear Mr. Topee, A boycott is a way of showing grace. Making one's point clear that we will not tolerate this continue isolation of Pakistani cricket from ICC. Change your hat dude, may be that will help. Siraj.
Abdullah Hussain
September 15, 2012 6:57 am
The problem is that we are too shortsighted. There may not be any immediate result of the total boycott but in the later time ICC cannot continue to repeat its mistake of partiality. Boycott sends a strong message.
Abdullah Hussain
September 14, 2012 4:31 pm
There should be a total & not partial boycott of the ICC award ceremony. Soft corner will only fetch further insults for PCB
Rehan
September 15, 2012 10:49 am
zaka sir, take a stand and stand by it ...... no u turn please ..... that is why we are not one ... everybody has in the past have taken advantage and will continue to do so .... unless we do not change our attitude .... i thought you were different .... but I was dead wrong ...... am disappointed to say the least
Amjed Ahemd
September 15, 2012 2:38 am
Please go for full boycott ..
asif brohi
September 15, 2012 7:15 am
it's a good decission.
Hrleen
September 14, 2012 5:25 pm
Respect is commanded, it is not demanded. ICC must not yield to these blackmail tactics.
Afzal Khan
September 14, 2012 6:53 pm
Siraj: you said it wright Mr:Topee should change his hat and get some fresh air.
yousaf m javaid
September 15, 2012 4:08 am
I THINK WE SHOULD PROTEST BUT GO HEAD MAKE NEW FRIENDS , TALK TO EVERY BODY TO BRING THE INTERNATIONAL CRICKET BACK TO PAKISTAN,WE ALL SHOULD MAKE UTMOST EFFORT TO MAKE A NEW FRIENDS, BUILT THE BRIDGES NOT BURN THE GRIDGES. WE SHOULD BE GOOD FRIENDS WITH INDIA, BANGLA DASH, SRI LANKA , ALL OTHERS, EVEN KISS FEET OF , INDIA, ,WORK HAQRD , HARD TO SHOW WITH THE BAT. PEOPLE WILL PRESSURE TO ICC TO OPEN POLICY , PEOPLE LOVE TO SEE PAKISTAN PLAYING IN HER OWN GROUND. YOUSAF M . JAVAID. in ,,, usa>
Ahmed j
September 15, 2012 8:59 am
In other words PCB chairmanship decided that "we will not boycott but at the same time will boycott". Taking a stand for Pakistan's Cricket Team at this important time when the world cup is about to start was very crucial. How could PCB expect from the team to do well and win when they themselves failed to stand beside them.
badsha Jan
September 15, 2012 6:10 am
These days ICC stands for Indian Cricket Council.
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