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Any logic behind Ajmal's exclusion?

Published Sep 01, 2012 10:45am


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One of the better-known and confounding facts about the esteemed Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, commonly known as the Oscars, is that Alfred Hitchcock, the most influential filmmaker of the last century was never bestowed with its honour. The exclusion of Saeed Ajmal from the 2012 ICC Player of the Year awards list, while no where near in terms of horror to the Hitchcock tragedy, certainly leaves most cricket followers similarly baffled. Or at least it should.

There is a growing sense amongst Pakistan fans worldwide that their team is not given the importance or consideration it deserves on the global level. The scandals are lapped up with great vigour while the achievements often go unnoticed and are mostly seen through the lens of suspicion. The stability and calm restored in the last two years merits some admiration, they argue.

While some of this sentiment may be exaggerated, especially as most of Pakistan’s wounds are self inflicted, decisions such as Ajmal’s exclusion from the Player of the Year short-list just adds fuel to that fire.

Perhaps the facts will help in judging whether the fans’ ire holds any merit.

Ajmal is the highest wicket taker in Test matches during the time frame (August 5, 2011 to August 4, 2012) which the ICC considered while making its picks. And by some distance, which should alone be enough to warrant him a slot in the Test Player’s short-list, as is the case is with his counterpart, Lasith Malinga, in One Day Internationals (ODIs). The Sri Lankan pacer finds himself in the ODI list just because of the number of wickets he has taken (read matches taken part in) in the format. His average of 28, and an economy of 5.4 is nothing astounding, and dwarfs in comparison to Ajmal’s (third on the list) average of 22, and economy of 4.1.

Why is it that Malinga’s performance was deemed worthy by the selectors in ODIs, but when it came to Tests, Vernon Philander was given the nod on the basis of average?

Undoubtedly, Philander has had a dream start to his Test career, but does he deserve the nomination over Ajmal? Out of the nine Tests that he has played in the allotted time, five have come against New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The former was easily the poorest Test side last year, and the latter had not won a Test series in over two years at the time of the encounter. His performances against Australia, the one full series against a note-worthy opposition, were no doubt outstanding, but either came on possibly the most helpful seaming track in recent memory, or in a losing cause. The fact is no one nominated (bar Hashim Amla) in the Test and Player of the year categories gave their respective noteworthy performances against the best-ranked side at the time (Philander’s only noteworthy performance against England falls outside the cut off date).

Ajmal took down the behemoth that was England almost single-handedly. Not only did the magician completely bamboozle their star batting line-up with his wizardry, but also mentally disintegrated the Andy Flower-Andrew Strauss think-tank, which had been ruling the roost for the past two years. He had the world number ones on their knees for the entire series, picked up a second consecutive man-of-the-series award, and most importantly silenced the English media’s cribbing with a smile, and a subtle flick of the finger, his “teesras”. England may have handed down their number one ranking to South Africa at Lord’s a few days ago, but it was in the desert winter that they lost it to Ajmal.

Let’s pretend that due to some convoluted logic he doesn’t deserve to be in the rankings for Tests or ODIs alone, but what the case is against his nomination for the Sir Garfield Trophy is beyond comprehension. Surely the Player of the Year award takes into account noteworthy performance in all formats. Granted there must be a weightage factor (Test, ODIs, T20s in decreasing order), but a person that has stood out across all three formats should justifiably be the leading contender for the honour. So how could Saeed Ajmal, who has shone like a beacon in all three versions of the game, lags behind a bowler who hasn’t done any thing of note in ODIs (Philander), and two batsmen that aren’t even in the top-ten run getters list in the shorter formats (Clarke and Amla).

One of the major reason for the founding of the ICC awards was to shift towards a system that rated players according to merit without national bias or prejudice. The Wisden awards, although much older and one of the more respected honors in the game, had always been biased towards their country of origin, England. It was always felt that a more comprehensive and encompassing system was needed.

Unfortunately, the ICC has been found wanting in the regard as well. Pakistan has been notably under-represented in the player awards lists since their inception. The lone category where they have had a consistent run is the umpiring award, which coincidentally is based on a set mathematical formulation, and does not depend upon the whims of an “expert” panel.

It was understandable up until 2010, for Pakistan performances did it no favours, but since the Lord’s debacle the exclusions have crossed the line from mysterious, to ignorance and now to downright inequitable. It is no wonder the supporters of the team feel wronged. It is high time the ICC panel of adjudicators started paying equal attention to performers from the entire set of cricket playing nations, instead of focusing on just the so called elite four. For that purpose is already being well served by the People’s choice award.


Shoaib Naveed
A cricket nut since Aqib Javed’s bucket hair style and Wasim bhai’s poetic action took his fancy, the writer, fit only for a slogger is pretending to be a top order bat Down Under and blogs here.



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Geoffrey Sep 02, 2012 10:34am
How about excluded because he is a chucker?
Abdul Jabbar Khan Sep 02, 2012 09:20am
A couple of years ago, the same thing happened to England's Swann and the ECB and English media raised a hue and cry and Swanny was nominated. The PCB is perhaps too docile to do anything of this sort. But rewards or none, nothing can take brilliance from Saeed bhai
Muhammad Asif Sep 03, 2012 07:57am
I would go one step further by urging ICC to develop an objective criteria (based on scoring on several parameters), just like team and individual rankings do. This will benefit all and will make the entire system transparent. Everyone would know by calculating the best bowler/batsman etc. of the year.
Prasad Sep 02, 2012 04:16pm
That would be the reason ....political expediency demands leniency towards bowlers who in other era would be chuckers but certainly they cannot be awarded...Ajmal, Bhajj...both the same category.
ahmed Sep 08, 2012 10:51am
corruption is flourishing in all facets of life in india. how much donation [or secret funds ] does India give directly or thru front men to icc? how many members of the panel are Indian or well known to be leaning to india , bcz of financial considerations,like contracts,etc.? Investigate and truth will come out,provided Indians are not the ones to investigate icc.
raza Sep 04, 2012 07:22pm
You are right.
Talha Sep 04, 2012 02:23am
buhat aalaa !!!
Tahir Sep 02, 2012 05:44pm
@Geoffrey, definitely a convict or or a pom, sore losers n cry babies, good luck Pakistan kick some butt
Ahmed Awais Sep 02, 2012 07:27am
Very well written article - facts are very clear. There is a clear bias against Pakistan. Its no conspiracy theory, ICC cannot defy the facts - especially ones related to the cricketer of the year award !!!
Imran Sep 02, 2012 02:58pm
Like excluding all the reverse swing bowler untill you guys learn how to bowl???
Prasad Sep 02, 2012 07:23am
locations like Dubai are not going to count. Pakistan is not playing home or away series. They are playing nuetral series; series that hardly excite and have abysymal public response world over. I will follow SA-England or even WZ-NZ but not PAK-ENG at a godforsaken stadium with no pitch character or history. Once Ajmal proves himself in Test playing locations, he will be nominated.
Yasir Sep 02, 2012 02:51pm
To be fair after the era of Woolmer and Inzimam Pakistan cricket was in pretty bad shape and from that point to the spot fixing debacle had a few disastrous tours. As such Pakistan lost the respect of the major test playing nations as a worthy adversary which I can understand. Having said that even including the 2010 debacle in that tour Pakistan played 6 tests against Australia and England and were 2-4 which while far from impressive meant that going into the last test Pakistan could have tied the series if they had won but of course the fight was gone in that test around the 2nd day. I'm not saying if the spot fixing story hadn't come out they would have won just that they were at least competitive in that tour much more than the world number 1 india was in england. Before 2011 world cup Ian Chappell (who I actually respect quite a bit) made a comment about how Pakistan is a rabble now without any skill and would get no way near the final stages of the world cup. Well they did manage to make it father than Australia did. Since 2010 Pakistan has performed very well in tests losing just one series to Sri Lanka (not to blame it all on weather the reality is they did play well apart from the first test and could have at least drawn the series). Despite white washing England in UAE I feel that Pakistan still is not considered a top tier cricketing nation by the larger cricketing world and Ajmal exclusion could be indicative of that. It's about time people realize that while Pakistan is not the best team in the world they are not that far off from the so called elite 4 and certainly have the ability to beat any of them...
dmpk Sep 02, 2012 07:59pm
The only reason that you folks are not included is because of your support to terrosrist organisations.. the citizens pay the price for what the political establishment does..
Yasir Sep 02, 2012 02:29pm
I can understand that sentiment. There are 2 possible reasons I can think of for his exclusion, one being he got most of his wickets in UAE so the so called "experts" can think that he was bowling on rank turners and the other being that he chucks. For the first point if he was really bowling on a turning pitch how come Swann wasn't as successful and for the next one he doesn't chuck as per the 15 degree rule and as clarified by ICCs Dave Richardson in one of his interviews. The reason why a lot of "experts" believe he chucks is because his arms is bent more than 15 degrees at the time of delivery however he starts with his arm already bent in the delivery stride and bends his arm well within regulations. Of course the purists would argue that the 15 degree bend should never have been allowed in the first place but it is perfectly legal and shouldn't be a consideration when nominating players for awards...
Syed Sep 02, 2012 09:45pm
correction, "they knew nothing about the food"
Rajesh Sep 03, 2012 09:27am
Good point - I agree 100%. Who could ever forget Obama's Nobel Peace Prize......This single nobel prize award clarified quite a few things !
Zaki Sep 03, 2012 07:58am
The answer of your query "Any Logic Behind Ajmal's Exclusion" is NO.... I think nobody cares who is the list since these are just for fun and nothing else :) I have heard there was also a former Pakistani player in the panel... amazingly he did no good for Ajmal
Dilawer Sep 02, 2012 05:35am
The best way is to write to ICC HQ. This is the job of PCB and obviously they do not have the much needed talent of writing a petition or articulate the case for Saeed Ajmal.
Syed Aun Haider Sep 06, 2012 06:58am
ICC is behaving like a step mother ,player with 72 wickets in test this year ,3rd highest wicket taker of ODI this year,most successful T20 bowler compared with a player which has only 7 wickets in ODI,4 wickets in T20 with economy of 8.5 only 63 test wickets over all that total of philander =74 and ajmals test wickets total of this year= 72 and question for everyone who know cricket, how he is not in the nominees for ICC player of the year ,test player of the year award?
Dilawer Sep 02, 2012 07:02am
It is a sole responsibility of PCB to write it to ICC about Ajmal's exclusion. Instead of writing blogs and complaining just write it to ICC.
ahmed Sep 08, 2012 11:05am
similarly indians should only be judged by cricket results against pakistan. Poor indian hockey!!!
Omar Sep 02, 2012 01:19pm
haha, then why Sachin is the best player for you guys or your GOD coz he never played a single match winning century rather he has scored more useless centuries than any other batsman,check the stats and think about it!! India was the worst country in 90's and sachin was scoring runs in losing cause!!
malik Sep 06, 2012 03:34pm
Anyone who has taken maximum wkts in Tests and has the best average within the specified period should be in the final list.Playing against X,Y,and Z teams of any clibar should not be the criteria.The concerned should concentrate on this fact and not beat around the bush.
Mahis Sep 02, 2012 09:36am
Dude, you're either blind to his talent or you're just a hater. There are tons of other things a bowler needs apart from a pitch. If these matches are not counted, then England's downfall was never supposed to happen after the Dubai test series.
raza Sep 04, 2012 07:38pm
Amir Sep 02, 2012 05:49pm
May be you did not pay attention to how Tandulkar misread him completely in the WC2012 Semi-final.
Arun Sep 02, 2012 05:39pm
I agree that its baffling to see saeed ajmal's name missed out on the 2012 player of the year list......but i cannot agree with your statement that Vernon philander gave his best performance on the best seaming can argue that even ajmal was in his peak on the best turning tracks of the UAE. U've mentioned in the tone that srilanka has not been among the best test nations last year, I can agree on that point to some extent but still its again baffling that the so called Ajmal & co were unable to win a test in what were called the best turning tracks of the sub-continent in Srilanka?? (Remember Herath's performance). My friend you have all rights in this world to argue that saeed ajmal should be added on the 2012 player of the year list, for that you should just list out the highlights of ajmal's performance and not degrade any other person's or team's performance.............expecting an unbiased article from you next time........cheers
mohit Sep 02, 2012 06:57am
Thing is that Ajmal Performance was not enough to bring pakistan in Top 3 Rankings of test cricket. Player of Year award given to player whose singnificant contribution brings victories not an drawa and defeats. this all things matter. he bruitely assulted againts india, srilanka, australia and other teams. virat hitted him in Asia Cup 2012 like an Gully bowler.
ashish mishra Sep 02, 2012 05:14pm
why should you care whether any pakistani is nominated or not. in fact none other than some self obsessed indian fans bother about these "filmfare" awards. these things didnt exist when india was not a dominating force in cricket economy (not the game). those sitting in the these panels are merely faces. and yes i am an indian.
Irfan Sep 06, 2012 12:29pm
Don't understand what the guy wants to say. Saeed Ajmal has proved his superiority in the game and deserved to be awarded.
Shabut Sep 02, 2012 08:15pm
Australia, India, I looking at the right thing? None of these teams are showing under number 1 category in any of the formats. Let's give them all the awards for pretending to be number 1 all the time.
Shabut Sep 02, 2012 08:11pm
As long as Saeed Ajmal and Pakistan keep kicking these teams around who cares about these ICC awards. The performance itself speaks louder than the pathetic ICC awards.
Ace Sep 02, 2012 10:50am
Classy article, well written.
Imran Sep 02, 2012 06:40am
When Swann was excluded from a similar list a few years ago, the entire English nation was baffled and complained and Swann was put back on the list. What are the Pakistanis doing...oh yeah...I forgot...they are too busy trying to prosecute a girl with learning difficulty for blasphemy and other nonsense!!!
Akil Akhtar Sep 02, 2012 11:40pm
Since rise of BCCI power Pakistani cricket has been discriminated at every level, go figure.
Ahmed Awais Sep 02, 2012 11:08am
If this is the case, they should say so and not mislead the whole cricket world !!!
raza Sep 04, 2012 07:21pm
Rais, please do not post such comments unless you do not have complete information. Ajmal played 5 ODIs against India, took 9 wickets, with Avg of 25, and economy rate of 4.7. What more you ask from him? If India is the criteria for performance then for your further kind knowledge Malinga played 28 ODIs against India, took 34 wickets with Avg of 40. What you will say?
Faaltu mein khwam kha Sep 02, 2012 06:20am
BCCI,i guess..
Ace Sep 02, 2012 10:48am
An interesting story.
Prasad Sep 02, 2012 04:12pm
Good. If all pakistanis feel this way then its wonderful. Indians dont want Pakistanis playing in India either in IPL or bilateral series. Most Indians would rather like no cricketing contacts with Pakistan.
zak Sep 03, 2012 07:30am
Logic is simpple-ICC is controlled by the Indian's and they block pakistan everytine and everywhere. simple as that.
Ali Sep 02, 2012 04:59pm
Total nonsense. Pakistanis are capable of handling all their issues. For now ICC nomination is not that exciting as we already pointed out their bias and if anything ICC will look bad not Pakistan. Do not try to turn the table on Pakistan for the injustice of ICC. This is exactly the author is talking about people do not accept our success but point to our failures.
Ghalib Khan Sep 02, 2012 11:31am
Ajmal, is the Best that is all that matters, Not nominating shows how weak ICC really is, and is incapable of handling the pressure from some powerful boards.
Nasser Ali Khan Sep 02, 2012 07:02pm
English cheats again!
peshawari Sep 02, 2012 09:12am
y the indians burning............thy will not get a sinner like ajmal even in 1000 yrs bhajii is good 4 thmmmmmmmm......................
Mr.T Sep 01, 2012 06:52pm
It's simple logic, The influence of PCB is pathetic, if it's any other country player they make to promote on document and let the world knows that they have a star of their country. I don't know what Chairman and is Co's are doing for Cricketers, If our player playing the game winning or losing whatever, what's they role behind the scene what are they doing ? who are responsible for deals with ICC.
Gul Khan Sep 06, 2012 05:40pm
I know Thomas personally, please dont mind his post. He has had some bad memories when he visited Pakistan last tine, but It wasnt any one elses but his fault when he decided to travel to Peshawar in Shorts.
Ghalib Khan Sep 02, 2012 11:28am
Geoffery, You got to be an Australian.
HotClassified Listing Sep 04, 2012 06:46am
Does any one know where I can watch live T20 world cup 2012 online.
Thomas Sep 04, 2012 07:45am
I dont know why paksitanies do not like the facts but emotions, cricket, terrorism, films, industry, political structure, water sacractiy etc for every thing is India responsible in one way or other. This is not the fault of poeple but there fail govt and establishment. They have not got matured to handle the issues and blame others so that they can resuce from getting blame. How long it will go. One day you people will get to know the truth. Try to accept the truth and work on the mistakes rather than blaming India.
Khurram Sep 03, 2012 04:17am
Pakistan is always given discriminative rewards. We dont need so called ICC awards, the best award is the one which is given by the masses (public) and defiinitely that award is unanimously given to Saeed Ajmal.
rais khan Sep 03, 2012 08:22am
Ajmal's real test will come when he plays india. If he performs well then he can be considered for the award. performance against, banladesh, zimbabe, england etc, who simply cant play turning ball is no criteria. India destroyed him whenever he played against them. remember asia cup match.
Umer S Sep 02, 2012 12:48am
Shame on ICC panel of experts.
Behram JP Sep 02, 2012 02:59am
Ajmal, you are the best and no one can take that away from you. You are at the top on my list.
Aj-New Delhi Sep 08, 2012 12:06pm
Ajmal without any doubt is one of the best off spinner today. I am not too sure if Indians are behind his exclusion because most of us admire many greats from the other side like Shoaib Akthar, Wasim Akram ,Saqlain and many others
Ghalib Khan Sep 04, 2012 09:55am
Because most of the time it is responsible
Muhammad Ayyaz Qureshi Sep 04, 2012 07:22am
You can watch good quality live streaming of world cup 20-20 on these websites. and
naz Sep 02, 2012 12:37am
We Don't care about ODI;s awards.Ajmal is our Hero..and Heros Dont need awards for appriciation.their performances forced public to appreciate them..To hell with ODI's awards.Another conspiracy to backdown and lookdown upon Pakistanis....
Mustafa Sep 02, 2012 12:24am
"England may have handed down their number one ranking to South Africa at Lord
wahab Sep 02, 2012 03:47pm
can't believe it, they got couple of flat track bullies in that li
Naveed Sep 02, 2012 03:21pm
If you wish to express your indignation at the exclusion of Saeed Ajmal, then send an email to ICC enquiry(at)icc-cricket(dot)com
Rizwan Hamid USA Sep 01, 2012 10:05pm
A very simple answer to avert bias would be to require the "expert panel" to present a summary as to how they short listed the players and why was the winner chosen. If they are indeed biased and in Ajmal's case, it seems that they are, they would have to think twice if they know their bias will be very evident if their logic has holes in it. The ICC seems to still be living in the year 1932, when sport was a Sunday past time, and athletes treated like school children, unable to question the whims of the school headmaster.
Mirza Asad Baig Sep 01, 2012 09:42pm
Let's keep beating them. No need to protest as only weaklings take on this route.
Faisal Sep 04, 2012 01:02pm
Dear Friend. Think logically, is century the only criteria for being a match winner ?. Answer is NO. Sachin has been part of the Indian team since last 15 years. He was even part of the world cup winning team. Cricket is a team effort. whatever sachin scores eventually helps india win. So your argument is useless. Just look at the total Runs this guy has made & has Vast career of Runs and respect him for his Talent instead of simply hating him since you hate India !!
Faraz Sep 01, 2012 09:41pm
why are we surprised at is the bcci and indian politicians behind this...yet, mr. zaka and pcb lick the feet of bcci counterparts - "please let us play in india" pathetic! who gives a damn about playing against india or in the ipl overrated and boring
Omair Sep 03, 2012 05:13am
UAE was never a turning track like the Indian pitches. Those tracks are as flat as they could be.
Omair Sep 03, 2012 10:40am
You're (Ajmal) Hall of fame in my book :)
Ali Rizvi Sep 02, 2012 11:44am
@prasad, I dont know what you are talking about ? if he got wickets playing official tests then it should matter. And even if noone is watchin these matches (which is obviously incorrect as England was number one team at that time) even then the performances should matter....
Nahim Sep 03, 2012 12:55pm
I've to agree with Arun here, the author is not being objective in how he compares the players. No question that Ajmal should be in the overall player of the year nominations. But when it comes to Test nominations, the picture is very different. If the author must point out that 5 of Philander's 9 Tests were against SL and NZ, then he should also acknowledge that Ajmal played 6 Tests against the very same SL side as well as 3 Tests against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Purely as far as the Test player awards go, Philander's performance last year was streets ahead of anyone else and he should be the one getting the Test award, creditable as Ajmal's performance was. Incidentally, Herath's Test record for the last year is almost identical to Ajmal's. Moreover, he played 3 tough away Tests against SA, 4 Tests against Australia and England and the remaining 6 against Pakistan (who are a stronger Test side than SL!). So if you had to pick 2 bowlers for the Test nominations, it'd be Philander and Herath, in that order, not Ajmal.
aziz79 Sep 02, 2012 03:37pm
I laready posted a comment. Can I see that.
Abdul Jabbar Khan Sep 02, 2012 09:23am
"hardly excite", "abysmal public response", "godforsaken stadium". YOU perhaps have not been in Pakistan. Either way you need to wake up and smell the coffee!
Fawwaz Sep 02, 2012 04:43am
I totally agree. Pakistan won test series against Eng 3-0, nobody took a notice of this. S.Africa victory over Eng recieved all the attention in the world, but evry body is forgetting that it was Pak who started Eng's downfall in tests by white washing them
Mahis Sep 02, 2012 09:31am
Doesn't matter if he's nominated or not. He IS the best. Pakistan doesn't need a stamp from the ICC to cherish their talent.
Manoj Verma Sep 03, 2012 10:39am
@Zak........My suggestion to dear friend, why Pakistan is not taking control over ICC....................If Pakistan can.
Zaheer Ahmed Sep 02, 2012 11:45am
Looks like comments from a Pom. No doubt they are the worst losers. Had it been Abdur Rehman with the most number of wickets they would have found some invisible 'chuck' in his bowling action. Grow up please
Ahmed Sep 02, 2012 11:47am
And waht about 3-0 Pakistan win against England, 1-0 against Sri Lankans ? Similarly Virat also thrashed Malinga...I dont know why Indians are always against Pakistan. You guys are too big to be giving such biased statements against us.
Huma Sep 02, 2012 02:51pm
what about malinga having a suspect action (chucker), cleared and now on the list... ajmal was tested and cleared, so pull another one @Geoffery
Manoj Verma Sep 03, 2012 10:37am
Why Pakistani always blame BCCI for each and everything happening in Pakistan cricket............!
David M Sep 01, 2012 08:53pm
I can say this with conviction that Nobel prizes, even in sciences, are decided by good connections. I bet similar phenomena play a significant role in other high stake recognitions, such as ICC awards and Oscars.
Ahmed Zeeshan Sep 02, 2012 08:17am
Actually ajmal did exceptionally well against every team in every format and remains unplayable by any opponent so he definitely deserves to be nominated for the player of the year award.Even best players of today's era like Cook, Tendulkar, Sangakara, Kohli, Clark,Hussey all were unable to read his variance
skalster Sep 02, 2012 11:41am
saeed ajmal is just a class bowler , and his consistency across all tracks and over a longer period of time puts him in the same class as the swanns of the world....i agree he should have been considered for the icc awards...
S Usman Sep 02, 2012 11:42am
To Geoffrey, You guys always blame for the likes of great Asians spinners. He has been duly examined and cleared.
Liza Khan Sep 02, 2012 03:15pm
It's a pity that Ajmal was ignored because he deserved to be there. It's could be due to bias or politics, because his stats are there for everyone to see. Anyway, regardless of the exclusion, he is still a world class performer. Lastly, it's amusing to see our friends from across the border, using fake names and placing irrelevant comments against Ajmal etc. Lage raho :)
aziz79 Sep 02, 2012 03:39pm
I agree with mystic.
raza Sep 04, 2012 06:59pm
Dear Thomas, the same attitude for which you blame Pakistanies is being shown by you in your post. You must grow up and present the facts & figures and arguments to negate the writer's article.
Ayaz Hussain Shah Sep 02, 2012 12:35pm
The player's need to be appreciated in spite of their color and race. Two fellows above need's to realize this. ICC player of the year award is the biggest award for any cricketer and exclusion of Saeed's Ajmal name is a demise for the cricketing follower's around the globe. Undoubtedly he will remain the best bowler, if he don't get this award !!!
Akram Sep 02, 2012 12:30pm
ICC has already cleared him of such so called chucking. How about you just accept that he is one of the greatest bowlers of current era and move one?
Ali Sep 02, 2012 05:00pm
Actually I worry, SA will steal the show.
Karthik Sep 07, 2012 02:32am
10/97 against England Jan 2012 is the best spin bowling you can see in the recent history.That is a demolition act.The most consistent bowler in this generation.But not getting recognised.I know if it's someone from India ,England,Australia ,the situation would have been different.Double standards is a synonymous word to "ICC" Enough Said...
FivestarGeneral Sayed Sep 02, 2012 12:24pm
How about excluding your comment for being ridiculous??
ejaz Sep 02, 2012 04:41am
watch out guy's soon the indians be comming over with their world famous punch line "why alway's pakistani's think that the world is against them don't they have to show anything but just to imagin",no need to protests anything , just keep on playing you know what, if there have not been DRS and neutral empiering we would have been labeled cheats against the world #1team, have you guy's heard recently in the paper's that the indian cricket team captain M.S.Dhoni fears that Pakistan or west indies will steal the show in the up coming T20 world cup that's why i love watchin saeed ajmal and co. playing
tariq Sep 02, 2012 12:08pm
Geoffrey!! one more racist here
Khan Sep 02, 2012 12:22pm
If he was a chucker then how is he allowed to play even? ICC isn't owned by PCB you know? No matter what you people say about our bowlers when they are brilliant you can't take that natural talent away from them, be it Ajmal, Akram, Younis or Saqlain.
Jaweed Niaz Sep 01, 2012 05:01pm
Absolutely agree with the line of argument. It seems as if "bias" alone has kept Ajmal out. This should be the first of many protests.
Farrukh Sep 01, 2012 05:40pm
So simple . Hatred . Nevertheless we'll common on top as always
Naveed Sep 01, 2012 08:22pm
Simply because ICC is dominated by Indian and Indian sympathizer. Who are Indian sympathizer? They benefit from BCCI economically. They get roles in IPL, Champions Trophy etc. BCCI has accumulated too much power. Now Indian on the ICC committee would have opposed Saeed Ajmal nomination and others on the committee "Indian Sympathizers" would have just followed it.
Akil Akhtar Sep 02, 2012 11:36pm
No send it to BCCI as they make al the decisions now.
MOHAMMAD Sep 02, 2012 10:49pm
well written
Muhammad Asif Sep 03, 2012 07:45am
anony Sep 02, 2012 07:14pm
Pakistan should learn to be sidelined in the game of cricket at every level, as india dictates most of these councils. There is nothing much that can be done about it.
Shehzad Sep 02, 2012 11:10am
Very typical of Pakistani haters out there. No matter how many Pakistani players are setup and wrongly accused and banned, we have plenty of Amir's and Asif's and Salman Butt's. We will keep on producing top quality bowlers as we have in the past. The whole cricketing world combined has NEVER produced bowlers like Imran Khan, Wasim akran, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar and now Saeed Ajmal. So to answer your question GFY.
Owais Sep 02, 2012 11:49am
GREAT IDEA - I live your comments dude.
Mystic Sep 02, 2012 09:44am
Has PCB organised an befitting ceremony and celebrated something like "Pakistani Player of the Year" award?