Saeed Ajmal Eyes PSL To Make A Comeback To Pakistan National Team
Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal believes the ongoing edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) could help him in his comeback into the Pakistan national team.
The 39-year old, who has not played any international cricket since April 2015, is keen to play to the best of his ability after missing bulk of last season due to injury as he has featured in only six games for Islamabad United.
“It’s unfortunate that we haven’t had an offspinner since I was out, which is why I believe I still have a chance to make it,” Ajmal said Tuesday.
“I am working hard to ensure this PSL is a turning point for me. T20 cricket is difficult with lots of ups and downs, but I am ready, and hopefully this event will be a step to the national team. Pakistan desperately need an offspinner and nobody seems to have appeared to fill my gap for years. I have not given up and all I can do is hard work.”
Ajmal, who’s action was deemed illegal in September 2014, worked hard to remodel his action and made a comeback to Bangladesh tour in 2015 after missing the World Cup.
However, with his new action, Ajmal was taken for plenty of runs and did not look as lethal against Bangladesh as Pakistan got whitewashed 3-0. He was then dropped from the team and was never called back again.
“Actually I never really get a proper chance to develop my new action and that only comes by playing consistently,” he said.
“Apart from the two, three Bangladesh matches I did not get a chance, and you can’t judge a player by one or two matches.”
Ajmal, despite being 39, believes his age should not be a problem if selection is based on the form of a player.
“Age probably is a problem in Pakistan. What exactly you want from a player is performance and if a player is helping the team to win then who cares about the age… I want to perform regardless of the age; I don’t really think about it. What I need to do is to stay fit and keep taking wickets.”
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