Pakistan spin bowler Saeed Ajmal has been pressured to close his international cricket academy at his hometown Faisalabad after it got warning from radical elements. Saeed Ajmal, who could not make the final cut in the 15-man Pakistan squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2015 because his questionable ‘doosra’ is under ICC review, told to PTI that he had closed his cricket academy from some certain time after he met with the vice chancellor of Faisalabad Agriculture University on whose land the academy is located and the deputy commissioner of Faisalabad.
The off spinner added that he was told that the Punjab government has sent guidance to close the academy from some certain time because threats have been received against the cricket academy that it may be attacked. On Wednesday Saeed Ajmal said that the management had anxiety and security concerns and said it should be closed until heavy security arrangements made.
The government has provided warnings about probable terrorist threats to educational institutions in the Pakistan after the terrorist attack on 16th December, on the Army Public School in Peshawar in which near about 132 schoolchildren were murdered in cold blood by attacking militants. Saeed Ajmal said that presently they were around 198 boys and girls and even physically disabled cricketers attending the academy regularly while they were another eighty who came on and off for coaching clashes.
The off spinner added that he did not want to take a threat with these youngsters and right now the government is helping them making a compact security plan for the academy including issuance of computerized identity cards for all the students, coaches and workers at the academy. He was quoted saying: “It is disappointing to close down the academy for the time being in such conditions but it is a sensible move right now.”
Saeed Ajmal said the cricket academy represented a huge dream for him as he has already spent around 30 million rupees on it and provides free coaching to the young bloods.