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Pakistan unhappy on Ajmal overlook in ICC awards

Published Sep 03, 2012 05:42pm


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Ajmal took 72 wickets in the 12 month period, including 24 in Pakistan's 3-0 rout of then world number one Test team England earlier this year. - File photo

LAHORE: Pakistan lodged a protest with cricket's governing body Monday over the exclusion of off-spinner Saeed Ajmal from the shortlist of an annual award, saying they hope his name will be included after a review.

The 34-year-old's name did not feature among the four nominees for the coveted 'Test Cricketer of the Year' award, despite being Test cricket's leading wicket-taker in the period under consideration.

South Africa's Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander, Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara and Australia's Michael Clarke all made the list.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) holds the annual awards ceremony to recognise the best players and umpire in international cricket.

The names are chosen by a 30-member jury comprising of former players, officials and journalists. This year's ceremony will be held in Colombo on September 15.

Ajmal took 72 wickets in the 12 month period, including 24 in Pakistan's 3-0 rout of then world number one Test team England earlier this year.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman Nadeem Sarwar said they have written to the ICC on Ajmal's omission.

“Yes, we have shown our concerns on Ajmal's name not shortlisted for Test player of the year award despite his excellent performance in Tests during that stipulated period,” Sarwar told AFP.

“We hope that the ICC will reconsider this and include Ajmal's name,” he added.

Graeme Swann was omitted from a shortlist in 2010 but was later included after England put up his case. South Africa also objected to the omission of their players and boycotted the 2009 ceremony held in Johannesburg.

Despite his omission from the award shortlist, Ajmal's name has been included in ICC's best Test team of the year.


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Comments (11) Closed

Tanveer Sep 04, 2012 02:59pm
ICC has shown scant regard for the last 12 months Ajmal has been virtually unplayable, ie England crashed to 3-0 defeat .
HotClassified Listing Sep 04, 2012 06:52am
I have not heard anything from any of PCB official.
Riz Sep 04, 2012 03:41pm
I believe the Indians posting on this particular article cannot resist the temptation of stalking Pakistan Team. For some reason they are obsessed by Pakistan and our players :)))
Tariq Sep 05, 2012 12:44am
Yes , they are and they will be.... the inferiorty complex will haunt them for ever :)
Zaheer Sep 04, 2012 03:36am
Well done PCB. ICC must review and consider the inclusion of Ajmal in the list of the "Test player of the year".
Aftab Sep 04, 2012 09:24am
The PCB is doing what every board does - back their player - happens everywhere - Enough of the biased trash talk please!!
ravi Sep 04, 2012 09:09am
pakistani begging will never stop. Next they will beg for other teams to play against them in pakistan.
Imran Sep 04, 2012 09:09am
@Param if the BCCI did not influence the choice, ajmal would be int he list without any objection, are you seriously telling me Ajmal does not deserve to be short listed? Just because none of your guys are there, dont take it out on us, for a genuine entry list.
pakistanisports Sep 03, 2012 08:58pm
At least PCB has shown some interest............
param Sep 04, 2012 08:06am
now u guys want to beg for an award. When will u stop begging for awards, dollars, concessions and list goes on.
mohit Sep 04, 2012 03:21pm
Ajmal performance was not enough to win more matches for pakistan, and his performance did not brougth paksitan in top 3 test ranking. dont beg for awards atleast