Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has revealed that suspended off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will play one or two one-day games against Kenya later month when they are tour Pakistan, the first team since 2009. Ajmal will bowl against Kenya before he goes for his final biomechanics test in Chennai.
Ajmal is allowed to play against Kenya since it is not an international series. “It is a representative series, not international. So he will play in the last two matches against Kenya and also one or two practice games against them in Lahore,” Shakil Sheikh, a member of PCB, told a popular TV channel in Pakistan. He also confirmed that PCB has decided to send both Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez to the International Cricket Council (ICC) accredited laboratory in Chennai.
“But while Hafeez will go this week to Chennai directly from Dubai for his informal test and is waiting for his visa, Ajmal will go from Lahore after playing the Kenya matches. Most probably, Ajmal will go on December 30th to Chennai,” Sheikh said. The reason to send Ajmal in the last week of December for an official test is that it will decide whether Ajmal can be cleared to play in the World Cup or not.
He also added that the PCB had also decided to seek special extension period for Ajmal and Hafeez while naming Pakistan’s final World Cup squad of 15. “It can be done. There are regulations which allow participating teams to seek extra time for some players to decide whether they can play in the World Cup or not,” he concluded.