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Plan to save, compensate Saeed turned down by PCB

Published Nov 01, 2012 12:21am


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Saeed Ajmal. -File photo

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has turned down a suggestion by the national team management that in order to save match-winning spin bowler Saeed Ajmal from fatigue, his services should only be confined to the Pakistan team and he should be paid extra money in compensation.

Well-informed sources told Dawn that the team management, in a bid to save Saeed from over-exposure and burnout in the various T20 leagues around the world, had put forward the suggestion to PCB which was turned down.

There’s no doubting that Saeed has become the main weapon of the Pakistan team in all three formats of the game and is being considered as the team’s trump card after single-handedly winning several international matches for Pakistan.

When contacted, PCB’s General Manager Media, Nadeem Sarwar said he would be able to confirm the report sometime later in the day. However, no reply was received from him until filing of this report.

Saeed, a prolific spinner, has bagged 120 international wickets between the period of Aug 4, 2011 and Aug 6, 2012 and has moved to the number one spot in the bowlers’ ranking for ODIs issued by International Cricket Council (ICC).

While he was included in the ICC Test Team of the Year, Saeed’s name was a glaring omission when the winners of the ICC Cricketer of the Year award were named last month.

Saeed has also taken 72 Test wickets in 2012 which are also the highest by any bowler in the one-year period. The PCB raised serious objections over the exclusion of Saeed’s name from ICC’s list of nominees for the Cricketer of the Year.

While the PCB could not succeed in influencing the decision of the ICC, it made an announcement that it would soon honour the great bowler to recognise his services.

The announcement was made on Sept 10 but the PCB is yet to arrange any such function in Saeed’s honour.


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Yameen Nov 01, 2012 08:33am
Wake up PCB. What are you people waiting for? Do it fast and quick please. No one in the world is going to come and do this for you. Appreciating Ajmal's performance in a big way will definitely encourage him and other team members to perform even better. Let the world know that Pakistan will never forget its champions.
shuaib Nov 01, 2012 07:17pm
Over worked,Fatigue, injusruies ???? He is a spinner not a fast bowler. If he works on his fitness a little bit, he should be able to play a T20 at least 3 times a week.
Waheed Nov 01, 2012 10:09am
Saeed Ajmal is undoubtedly a fantastic bowler and an asset to Pakistan Cricket Team. He may be saved to avoid injuries but to stop him to play in leagues in not justified as these leagues are nice way to earn handfull money. The importnace on earning money duriing career can be easly known if we know the names and condition of those cricketers who are struggling to survive in later ages and nobody is taking care of them.
hassan Nov 01, 2012 10:10am
i m with u yameen
junaid Nov 01, 2012 06:00pm
PCB, like rest of the Pakistani organizations is showing a lacklusture attitude towards it's high achievers. They don't know yet that timing is everything. A shot is considered good (gets you the max.runs) when it is timed well. All good players are known for their ability to achieve optimal timing ( meeting of ball and bat). Looks like PCB needs foreign coach too.