The last 12 months have been extremely painful for champion Pakistani spinner Saeed Ajmal. After spinning a web around international cricket with his doosras and teesras, Ajmal hit rock bottom after his action was found to be unacceptable as per the ICC’s guidelines of the elbow extension. Ajmal, being a resilient individual did his best to correct his action and finally made a comeback in mid-2015 against Bangladesh. But Ajmal seemed to have clearly lost his venom as he was feasted upon by the Bangladeshi batsmen.
Due to a poor comeback series, Ajmal was shown the doors from all formats by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selectors. Ajmal however, insists that he is far from calling it a day. The spinner is willing to give his absolute best in the upcoming domestic T20 competition in Pakistan.
“Obviously I needed some time to settle down with my bowling action,” Ajmal said. “I could have persisted for the national selection earlier but it might have been a risky case as we have seen Hafeez is reported again after been cleared. So it’s a matter of getting things right and wait for the right time.”
“Cricket is cruel sometimes but I always said one can’t relax,” Ajmal said. “People forget the good and make the bad part our defining feature. There are ups and downs in cricket and you can’t deny the fact every day is a new day and you can’t be taking five or ten wickets in every match. We are human and it’s natural to have good days and bad days. “Regardless of being reported, there were odds that I might have faced a dip in form, could have struggled taking wickets with previous action as well and then what? Actually it’s not really a case that I am not effective, it’s a matter of form and confidence that I just need to hit and I have started to get the flow,” said Ajmal.
“I know I am not able to get wickets in four-day cricket maybe because the pitches [in England] are green, soft and it rains a lot but at the same time I am still a better limited-overs bowler and taking wickets in the shorter format. I was assured that I will be considered and won’t be discarded. I also understand that Yasir and Zulfi are doing very well and I don’t want to dislodge their place but I think there is some room for me in limited-overs cricket and I will prove that in the T20 cup in Pakistan,” concluded Ajmal.