Saeed Ajmal

Former South Africa opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs. (Getty Images)
Former South Africa opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs. (Getty Images)
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Herschelle Gibbs Terms It Unnecessary Of The BCCI To Stop Him From Playing In KPL But BCCI Says They Are Within Their Rights

Herschelle Gibbs, former South African batsman, and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) were slammed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) saying the Indian board is well within its rights to take decisions with respect to the cricketing ecosystem in the country.

This response from the BCCI comes on the same day when former Proteas’ batsman Herschelle Gibbs criticised the Indian board for allegedly stopping him to play in the Kashmir Premier League.

Herschelle Gibbs, one of the accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, has signed up to play for KPL franchise Overseas Warriors. (AP File Photo)
Herschelle Gibbs, one of the accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, has signed up to play for KPL franchise Overseas Warriors. (AP File Photo)

Herschelle Gibbs Termed It Unnecessary Of BCCI To Bring Their Political Agenda With Pakistan But BCCI Is Within Their Rights To Take Decisions: Official

Herschelle Gibbs plans to play for the Overseas Warriors in the six-team Kashmir Premier League, which runs from August 6-17 and includes several retired international cricketers.

“While one can neither confirm nor deny the veracity of the statement made by a former player who has figured in a CBI investigation into match-fixing earlier, the PCB must understand that even if Herschelle Gibbs’ statement is assumed to be true, the BCCI would be well within their rights to take decisions with respect to the cricketing ecosystem in India.

“The fact that the Indian cricketing ecosystem is the most sought after for cricketing opportunities globally, should not be envied by the PCB,” a BCCI official said.

PCB is coming across as confused. Just the way the decision to not allow players of Pakistani origin to participate in the IPL cannot be construed as interfering in the internal affairs of an ICC member, the decision, if any, to allow or disallow anyone from participating in any manner with cricket within India is purely an internal matter of the BCCI,” the official added.

Herschelle Gibbs have made some serious allegations on BCCI.
Herschelle Gibbs has made some serious allegations on BCCI.

Herschelle Gibbs, one of the accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, has signed up to play for KPL franchise Overseas Warriors. The official also said that the PCB can take up the matter with the ICC, but in the end, everyone knows why the Pakistan board is behaving this way, and what is motivating their actions.

“They are welcome to raise the matter at the ICC and one can understand where this is coming from but the question that they need to ask themselves is whether it is on account of government interference in their working since the PM of Pakistan is officially their Patron as per their own constitution. It is time to consider whether this issue also ought to be raised at the ICC,” said the official.

Earlier on Saturday, former Proteas batsman Herschelle Gibbs took to Twitter to say: “Completely unnecessary of the @BCCI to bring their political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and trying to prevent me playing in the @kpl_20. Also threatening me saying they won’t allow me entry into India for any cricket related work. Ludicrous.”

After this, the PCB also issued a statement, saying: “The PCB believes the BCCI has once again breached international norms and the spirit of the gentleman’s game by interfering in internal affairs of the ICC Members as the KPL has been approved by the PCB.”

Not impressed by this statement, the BCCI official added, “The PCB would do well to peruse the ICC’s classification of official cricket. In the eventuality that a retired player is participating as a player in a tournament, it would not quite be official cricket and any permission granted would be moot. I am not really sure how they are reading this to mean what they are intending it to mean, but then the PCB‘s positioning is always bemusing. They should allow cricket to entertain rather than their decision making.”

Tensions have been high between the neighboring countries Pakistan and India since New Delhi unilaterally changed the semiautonomous status of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, which is split between Pakistan and India but claimed by both in its entirety.

Pakistan has reduced diplomatic ties with India since then, vowing there will be no peace talks with India until the 2019 move under which New Delhi divided the Indian-administered part of the Muslim-majority Kashmir into two federally governed territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — is reversed by the Indian government.

Pakistan also wants Kashmiri people to be given the right to self-determination under a 1948 U.N. resolution that called for a referendum on whether Kashmiris wanted to merge with Pakistan or India.

Kashmir Premier League’s Inaugural Edition Will Be Held With 6 Teams From August 6-16

The tournament is likely to see six teams- Overseas Warriors, Rawalakot Hawks, Muzaffarabad Tigers, Bagh Stallions, Kotli Lions, and Mirpur Royals. Players like Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Herschelle Gibbs, Monty Panesar, and Kamran Akmal are expected to participate in this team.

Wasim Akram (right) and Shahid Afridi (left) Getty Images
Wasim Akram (right) and Shahid Afridi (left) Getty Images

The first KPL edition is scheduled to be held with six teams from August 6 to 16. Five of those teams will represent cities in PoK, while the sixth franchise, Overseas Warriors, is reserved for overseas Kashmiris. The tournament’s launch saw a mix of politicians and former Pakistan cricketers.

Wasim Akram is KPL’s founding vice-president, while Shahid Afridi is the league’s brand ambassador. Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, and Abdul Razzaq were present at the launch as well.

Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal retires with a ‘heavy heart’. (Source: AP)
Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal retires with a ‘heavy heart’. (Source: AP)
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England And India Have Two Teams Now, Our One Is Struggling To Survive, Says Saeed Ajmal

Saeed Ajmal was feeling dejected following Pakistan’s recent pathetic performance as they were whitewashed by 2nd string England in the three-match ODI series. Saeed Ajmal highlighted how India and England have enough quality players to form two international-standard teams while Pakistan is struggling to build even one decent side.

England was rocked before the start of the ODI series as COVID-19 cases emerged inside their main squad’s bio-bubble.

In response, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) named an entirely new side, which included nine uncapped players, for the three ODIs against Pakistan. On the other hand, India is fielding two sides simultaneously-one in England for Tests and another in Sri Lanka to play 3 ODIs and as many T20Is.

Saeed Ajmal (Reuters Photo)
Saeed Ajmal (Reuters Photo)

Saeed Ajmal Dejected At Pakistan’s Series Whitewash Against Second String England

Many saw Pakistan as favourites to win the series at that point, with England fielding a second-string side. But the hosts prevailed and blanked Pakistan in all three ODIs.

A deflated Saeed Ajmal took to his official YouTube channel to vent his frustration: “Babar Azam has scored 14 hundreds in 81 innings.What should I say now? Even after playing a brilliant innings he had to return to the pavilion frustrated (after Pakistan’s loss). It used to happen to me as well. I took five wicket hauls but the team used to lose. I can only see two or three top players.”

James Vince drives through the covers during his maiden England hundred Getty Images
James Vince drives through the covers during his maiden England hundred Getty Images

The former Pakistani spinner added: “Even in bowling, apart from two or three bowlers, I don’t see any of them (of quality).

“How will we survive like this? Our middle order is still a flop. If the top order performs then only we can put commendable score. Whenever the top order fails our teams get completely bogged down. England and India have two teams now, our one is struggling to survive.”

After being thrashed in the first two ODIs, Pakistan batsmen tried their best in the third ODI but even that was not enough. Captain Babar Azam slammed a record-breaking 158 – his highest and the most by any Pakistan player against England – to lead his side to 331 for 9. But in reply, James Vince hit his maiden ODI ton and Lewis Gregory scored a crucial 77 off 69 balls as England reached home in 48 overs with three wickets in the bank.

Saeed Ajmal Blasts Pakistan Cricket Board’s Ever-Changing Selection Policies As Players Are Picked Despite Not Having Requisite Fitness Standards

Saeed Ajmal was also dismayed by Pakistan’s ever-changing selection policies. The former spinner noted how for the last three years there has been a talk of trying out youngsters and selecting players based on fitness standards.

However, Pakistan has now seemingly gone back on that as they have selected the likes of Azam Khan and Sharjeel Khan for T20Is based on their skills, with fitness standards taking a back seat.

Ajmal explained: “What are you preparing for? We have been crying for three years that we need to play youngsters and we need to improve on our fitness levels. What did you achieve? Now we have once again come back to- leave fitness level, we need talent now. Now you have brought in Sharjeel Khan, Azam Khan.

“Now, you have started saying we want to see skills in players’. Fitness is important but don’t have such poor policies where players lack fitness and skills.”

Sharjeel Khan and Azam Khan
Sharjeel Khan and Azam Khan. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

With little time to dwell on these losses, Pakistan will be keen to bounce back when they take on England in a three-match T20I series, starting on July 16.

Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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Saeed Ajmal Claims Ravichandran Ashwin Was Kept Away From Cricket To Work On His Action To Avoid Ban

Saeed Ajmal had a history of always getting called out by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his action being illegal during his time with the Pakistan team from 2008 to 2015.

If there is one cricketer who is constantly in news for giving feedback or suggestions, then it has got to be Ravichandran Ashwin.  India’s premier spinner was first targeted by Sanjay Manjrekar who said he is not yet ‘an all-time great player’ while the topic is still burning, another one, this time, from former Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has come.

The 43-year-old told that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was deliberately kept away from the game during that period.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Saeed Ajmal
Ravichandran Ashwin and Saeed Ajmal. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Saeed Ajmal Said All Those Rules Were For Him Whereas Ravichandran Ashwin Was Out From Cricket For 6 Months

Seeed Ajmal had a history of always getting called out by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his action being illegal during his time with the Pakistan team from 2008 to 2015. Ravichandran Ashwin made his international debut in 2010, one year later to Saeed Ajmal, and has been a constant member of the Indian team. Saeed Ajmal though felt something was not right and has stated his displeasure.

“You changed all these rules and regulations without asking anyone. I was playing cricket for the last eight years. All those rules were for me. That’s it. During that period, Ashwin was out from cricket for six months.

“Why is that? So you can work on him and your bowler doesn’t get banned. They don’t care if a Pakistan bowler gets banned. They only care about money,” Saeed Ajmal told as quoted by Cricwick.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Former Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal in a controversial statement said that India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had been kept out of cricket for a while in order to avoid being banned by the ICC. Saeed Ajmal, who has been banned for chucking on multiple occasions, alleges that the ICC engages in favouritism, tilting towards India.

Ravichandran Ashwin has last featured in an ODI and T20I in 2017 in June-July against West Indies. He has 150 ODI scalps in 111 ODIs.  Ravichandran Ashwin’s last international ODI game was on 30 June 2017 in the 3rd ODI at North Sound against the West Indies while he is an invaluable indispensable member of the Test team where he has 409 scalps and is among India’s top 5 wicket-takers.

When the 43-year-old former spinner was quizzed to speak on the semi-final match between India and Pakistan during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in which Saeed Ajmal managed to get former legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s wicket before the DRS came to rescue and the decision was overturned.

The legendary cricketer scored 78 and helped India enter the finals. Sachin Tendulkar played the last of his 6 World Cups in 2011 and India won the World Cup after a hiatus of 28 long years.

Sachin Tendulkar carried on the shoulders of his teammates after the 2011 World Cup win | AFP
Sachin Tendulkar carried on the shoulders of his teammates after the 2011 World Cup win | AFP

“The umpire who gave Tendulkar out, he would be ready to give the statement that he got it right. And the meaning is pretty clear. The DRS can be checked manually. You can alter it at any stage.

“I don’t know about that but even if I see it now and any umpire sees that he will think that this will go on to hit the stumps. But that missed the stumps. Thousands of people have questioned me this, and I don’t know the answer.”

Saeed Ajmal made his debut for Pakistan and 2008 and would go on to play 35 Tests, 113 ODIs, and 64 T20Is in the next seven years.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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ICC Should Allow Elbow Extension For Doosra To Permissible Level, Says Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin, who wants the game’s governing body ICC to do away with the current elbow flexion of 15 degrees to a permissible level feels Saqlain Mushtaq was the only spinner who bowled a “legal doosra” during his playing career.

Ravichandran Ashwin in an engaging discussion with former South Africa performance analyst Prasanna Agoram spoke elaborately about one of the off-spinners lethal delivery that spins away from right-handers.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravichandran Ashwin Urges ICC To Enable Spinners To Bowl The Doosra With An Appropriate Bend

While Saqlain Mushtaq started the doosra revolution, the others who bowled the wrong ‘un included Muttiah Muralitharan, Harbhajan Singh, and Saeed Ajmal.

“According to me, let’s not do away with it (doosra) but enable spinners to bowl the doosra responsibly with an appropriate bend,’ Ravichandran Ashwin said in his Tamil YouTube show ‘The Legend of the Doosra’ with Prasanna Agoram.

“There should not be any line of breach. Everyone should be allowed to bowl as such – 15 degrees or 20-22 degrees.”

File photo of Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh.© AP
File photo of Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh.© AP
Ravichandran Ashwin wants the broadening of the so-called ‘line’ put in place by the International Cricket Council (ICC) of 15 degrees elbow extension and wanted to see spinners bowl the ‘doosra’ responsibly.

“I want an equal balance between bat and ball. Bowlers need the same leeway as batsmen. This is how competition can get better. I want to see bowlers defend 125 in T20 cricket. That’s the bottom line,” he added.

“But in some cases when the (umpires’) action happens only for doosra, I want ICC to flex it to 18.6 degrees. If the bowlers are allowed to bowl the doosra, the competitiveness (between batsmen and bowler) should be considered,” he added.

A doosra is a particular type of delivery by an off-spin bowler in the sport of cricket. The doosra spins in the opposite direction to an off-break (the off-spinner’s default delivery) and aims to confuse the batsman into playing an unavoidable shot.

The doosra was popularised by former Pakistani international cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq. A variety of bowlers have made considerable use of the doosra in international cricket. Users include former Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan, Indian Harbhajan Singh, and South African Johan Botha. Other Pakistanis who use it include Shoaib Malik and former spinner Saeed Ajmal.

A rule change was proposed after Muttiah Muralitharan was reported for suspect bowling action and it was accepted at a meeting of ICC chief executives in early 2005, stating that any bowler may straighten the arm up to 15° (which was earlier 9° for spinners and 12° for seamers) as his doosra once again became a legal delivery.

Ravichandran Ashwin: Saqlain Mushtaq Bowled The Doosra Beautifully And Legally

Ravichandran Ashwin also said that former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq was the one who bowled the ‘doosra’ beautifully and legally.

“Saqlain bowled it (the ‘doosra’) beautifully and legally. He bowled it at a slow pace and it was also the legally possible speed (77 kmph),” he said.

Saqlain Mushtaq played international cricket between 1995 and 2004
Saqlain Mushtaq played international cricket between 1995 and 2004 (Reuters)

The only other spinner according to him, who bowled the doosra legally, was Shoaib Malik before he started concentrating more on his batting.

Saqlain Mushtaq played international cricket between 1995 and 2004. Saqlain Mushtaq, known for introducing the Doosra, in his first full year (1996) with the Pakistan team established a record for the most ODI wickets in a calendar year (65). He then did even better the following year, setting a mark (69) that still stands.

His impact was so great that he became the fastest bowler in history in terms of time (one year and 225 days) to reach the landmark of 100 ODI wickets, and to this day, no one else has got there in less than two years.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Ramiz Raja Terms Ravichandran Ashwin As A “One-off Genius”

Ramiz Raja has termed Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin a “one-off genius” and observed that a bowler like him does not come very often.

Ravichandran Ashwin has scalped 409 wickets in the 78 Tests he has played for India, at an excellent average of 24.69. The lanky off-spinner is also the second-fastest to take 400 wickets in the longest format of the game, with the 77 Tests he took to achieve the milestone behind only the 72 taken by Muttiah Muralitharan.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ramiz Raja: Ravichandran Ashwin Is An Amazing Off-spinner

During a discussion on India News about the potent Indian bowling attack for the World Test Championship (WTC) final, Ramiz Raja spoke in glowing terms about Ravichandran Ashwin.

“Ashwin is an amazing off-spinner. He has the floater, he spins the ball, delivers the ball from different angles and is intelligent. A one-off genius like him comes very rarely. So you should value him a lot,” said Raja.

Mohammad Hafeez Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo
Mohammad Hafeez Image courtesy of ESPNcricinfo

On being asked about Pakistan having not produced quality off-spinners after the likes of Saqlain Mushtaq and Saeed Ajmal, the cricketer-turned-commentator highlighted that the ban on the ‘Doosra’ has made such bowlers ineffective.

“The two individuals you talked about, they had based their greatness on the Doosra. Since the time the Doosra has been sidelined, the spinners have to show themselves like Ashwin,” observed Raja.

The likes of Saeed Ajmal, Shane Shillingford, Sunil Narine, and Sachithra Senanayake have faced bans in the past due to excessive bends in their bowling arms. Even Mohammad Hafeez has been stopped from bowling on multiple occasions due to an illegal bowling action.

Ramiz Raja Feels Ravichandran Ashwin Can Break Muttiah Muralitharan’s Record Of Most Test Scalps

Ramiz Raja replied in the affirmative when asked if off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin can break Muttiah Muralitharan’s record of the most Test wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin still needs almost 400 wickets to breach Muttiah Muralitharan’s record.

“The pace at which he has been taking wickets, I feel he can break the record as well if he remains fit. His greatness is that he adjusts his bowling according to the different conditions,” said Ramiz Raja.

Ramiz Raja Image courtesy of: ARY Sports
Ramiz Raja Image courtesy of ARY Sports

The former Pakistan player signed off by stating that Ravichandran Ashwin has proved that an off-spinner can be an attacking bowler even without employing the ‘Doosra’ as a variation.

“It is very difficult to be an attacking off-spinner when you do not have the Doosra. The art of off-spin changed from defensive to attacking because of the Doosra. Ashwin has so many varieties, even without the Doosra he tests the technique of the batsmen with different angles.

“He is mentally strong, has been doing captaincy, has the idea when to attack and when to be defensive. It is difficult to bowl with the fielders up and he is very accurate,” concluded Ramiz Raja.

Ravichandran Ashwin has just crossed the halfway mark of Muttiah Muralitharan‘s tally of 800 Test wickets. It will require a herculean effort from the 34-year-old to break the Sri Lankan spinner’s record considering his age. Ravichandran Ashwin is the fastest Indian bowler (also in some records the joint-fastest in the world) to reach the 400-wicket mark in Test cricket in terms of the number of innings.

In 2016, he became the third Indian to win the ICC Cricketer of the Year award. He is currently the highest-ranked spinner in Test cricket and the highest-ranked Test bowler for India on the ICC Player Rankings. He is ranked 2nd Test bowler with 850 rating points.  Among all-rounders in Test, he is ranked 4th currently with 353 rating points.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images
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Saeed Ajmal Recalls An Interaction With Sachin Tendulkar During ROW vs MCC Charity Match Held In 2014

Saeed Ajmal recalled that Sachin Tendulkar came running and told him to enjoy the game as it was a charity match and more funds will be collected the longer the match goes.

Former Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal recalled the interaction he had with Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar during the Rest of the World XI vs MCC in 2014.

Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter
Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter

Saeed Ajmal Was Told By Sachin Tendulkar To Enjoy The Charity Match Where More Funds Will Be Collected The Longer The Match Goes

It was a charity match in which some of the biggest names of the cricketing worlds were playing. While ROW XI was filled with the likes of Adam Gilchrist, Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen, Yuvraj Singh, Shahid Afridi, and Shane Warne, the likes of Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid, and Sachin Tendulkar were playing for MCC.

In the first innings, ROW XI went on to bat, and MCC bowler Saeed Ajmal picked up four wickets quickly as ROW XI went five wickets down for 68 at the end of 12 overs.

Sachin Tendulkar (L), Saeed Ajmal (R) during 2014 MCC Charity match(HT Collage)
Sachin Tendulkar (L), Saeed Ajmal (R) during 2014 MCC Charity match(HT Collage)

Saeed Ajmal, in a video interview with Cricket Pakistan, recalled that Sachin Tendulkar came running and told him to enjoy the match as it is a charity match and more funds will be collected the longer the match goes.

“It was an MCC match. It’s supposed to be a friendly match. The players are required to spend some time in the middle because the longer the game goes on, the more funds will be collected. When the match started, I picked up four wickets in four overs,” Ajmal said.

“So, Sachin Tendulkar came running to me and he said, ‘Saeed bhai, you are not supposed to play this match too seriously. This is a charity match. This is for the people who have come here to enjoy, they will have food, drinks. This match has to not get over before 6:30’,” he further added.

“So I told him I was just bowling well to play in a positive way. So he said that ‘I agree with you, but this is a charity match, so funds have to be collected. So enjoy the match, play cricket and have fun’. So that’s what happened,” he signed off.

The Bicentenary Celebration match in July 2014 at the Lord’s created a tremendous buzz in the days leading to it, and rightly so. With teams made up of contemporary players and legends of the previous generation, it gave fans an opportunity to witness some never-seen-before clashes.

Yuvraj Singh And Aaron Finch Score Tons As MCC Defeats Rest Of World

Sachin Tendulkar’s words perhaps did the trick as Yuvraj Singh smashed 132 runs to take ROW XI to 293/7 in the match. As Aaron Finch smashed 181 runs in 145 balls, MCC chased down the total in 45.5 overs with 7 wickets to spare.

Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, MCC v RoW
Batting greats, Sachin Tendulkar (L) and Brian Lara (R) at the MCC v RoW match at Lord’s

Saeed Ajmal ran through the RoW lineup, returning with four wickets from his ten overs. But it wasn’t enough to stop a rampaging Yuvraj Singh set up a counter-attacking 138 which propelled their innings to 293.

In response, Sachin Tendulkar and Aaron Finch set up an opening partnership of more than 100 in less than 16 overs. Sachin Tendulkar rolled back time by playing delightful strokes, but fell victim to another legend, Muttiah Muralitharan, before his half-century. Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul contributed their part, but the bulk of the chase was completed by Aaron Finch, who remained unbeaten on 181.

Rahul Dravid fell for a first-ball duck, Shane Warne never got to bowl (owing to an injury), and Shahid Afridi failed to trouble the scorers, yet the match managed to fill cricketing hearts with the nostalgia of seeing their favourite cricketers play one more time.

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir Photograph: K.M. Chaudary/AP
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It’s Not Right For Mohammad Amir To Ask For The Removal Of A Coach: Saeed Ajmal

Saeed Ajmal, former Pakistan cricketer believes left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir does not have the right to demand the axing of Pakistan’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis.

While speaking to Cricket Pakistan in an exclusive interview, the spinner advised Mohammad Amir to improve his performance before making the aforementioned demands.

Misbah-ul-Haq and Babar Azam. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Misbah-ul-Haq and Babar Azam. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Saeed Ajmal: Mohammad Amir May Have Been Dealt Unfairly But It’s Not Right For A Player To Ask For The Removal Of A Coach

Regarded as one of the best spinners in the world of his era, Saeed Ajmal was rated the best ODI and T20I bowler in the world and second in Tests at various times between 2011 and 2014. In 2011 he was the leading wicket-taker in Tests, with 50 in eight matches. But the best series of his young career came early in 2012, when he destroyed the batting line-up of the best team in the world, England, taking 24 wickets in just three games at 14.70.

“From what he is saying, it looks like he was dealt unfairly. But I don’t know what happened between him and team management behind the scenes. He is saying that he will only play for Pakistan after Misbah and Waqar leave their post as head coach and bowling coach,” said Saeed Ajmal.

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir
Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir (Photo| AP)

“It is not right for a player to ask for the removal of a coach. Amir should focus on his performance and cement his place before making such demands,” he added.

While bidding adieu to the game, the 29-year-old didn’t hide his displeasure against head-coach Misbah-ul-Haq and made some serious revelations about the selection criteria of cricketers. Former cricketer Mohammad Amir again raised his voice against the way players are being handled in the Pakistan cricket team.

The former left-arm fast bowler stated that the management heavily relies upon the statistics rather than the match-winning quality of its players.

Saeed Ajmal: Mohammad Amir Should Stick To His Decision To Retire

Saeed Ajmal also said that the left-arm pacer should not change his mind and stick with his decision to retire from international cricket.

“Amir had given his retirement out of desperation but now he is thinking of coming back. If he has made his decision to retire, then he should stick to it,” he said.

Saeed Ajmal (L), Mohammad Amir (R)(HT Collage)
Saeed Ajmal (L), Mohammad Amir (R)(HT Collage)

Mohammad Amir represented Pakistan in 36 Tests and took 119 wickets at an average of 30.47. He also featured in 61 ODIs and claimed 81 wickets at an average of 29.62. On 26 July 2019, Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket in order to focus on limited-overs cricket. On 17 December 2020, he announced his retirement from international cricket.

MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014.© AFP
MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014.© AFP
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MS Dhoni Retirement: Pakistan Cricketers Come Together To Bid Adieu To The Former Indian Captain

MS Dhoni finally decided to retire from international cricket on Independence Day at 7.29 pm, the same time when he played his last ODI in the 2019 World Cup which India lost. Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Danish Kaneria, Wasim Akram, Ramiz Raja, and Saeed Ajmal echoed heartfelt sentiments after the retirement of MS Dhoni.

India was celebrating its 74th year of independence when an unexpected announcement came in the form of MS Dhoni who ended speculations about his future by bidding farewell from international cricket as it rocked the cricket frenzy nation.

For a whole lot of young players, MS Dhoni who hails from the small town of Ranchi and has led his country to two World Cup titles and an ICC Champions Trophy is not a mere cricketer but a legend playing cricket. Many kids from small towns aspire to don the Indian jersey following MS Dhoni’s instance. People from all walks of life thanked him for his performance besides wishing him good luck in his retired life.

MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

MS Dhoni Admired By Tweets From Pakistani Cricketers

Pakistan’s cricketers also did not shy away from expressing their respect and admiration for the former skipper and Shoaib Akhtar led the trend followed soon by Shahid Afridi and Danish Kaneria.

All of the trio congratulated MS Dhoni for changing cricket through their performance and wished him the very best in the near future when he will represent Chennai Super Kings in at least this edition of IPL 2020 in UAE.

MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)
MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)

MS Dhoni has captained Chennai Super Kings from its inaugural edition in 2008 except in 2016 and 2017 where he captained Rising Pune Supergiants due to the ban of CSK for 2 years. This year, he will be seen in action in UAE in IPL starting the 19th of September and both he and teammate Suresh Raina will look forward to performing well after their national retirements on Independence Day.

MS Dhoni Congratulated By Pakistani Cricketers For Being An Inspiration

They were followed by former Pakistani cricketers like Wasim Akram, Ramiz Raja, and Saeed Ajmal penning heartfelt sentiments regarding his retirement. Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, and Kamran Akmal also tweeted along with them.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni captained India from 2007 to 2016 in limited-overs and from 2008 to 2014 in Tests. Under him, India won the world cup after a hiatus of 28 years in 2011 and also won the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007. He is the only captain to win T20, the 50 overs World Cup, and the Champions Trophy in 2013.

MS Dhoni has won the World T20, World Cup and Champions Trophy as Indian captain. (Twitter Photo)
MS Dhoni has won the World T20, World Cup, and Champions Trophy as Indian captain. (Twitter Photo)

He is also one of the highest run-scorers in ODIs besides being the only wicket-keeper to affect more than 150 stumpings across the three formats. He has played most matches as captain in T20I and has the most wins in T20I as captain. His highest score of unbeaten 183 against Sri Lanka in 2005 is the highest score by a wicket-keeper.

Shane Warne, Australian squad
Shane Warne (Image Credit: Google)
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10 Weird Cricket Facts

Cricket, as they say, is a game of glorious uncertainties. Nothing can ever be taken for granted in the game. On a day, the best team will maintain its dominance by just demolishing other teams and making a mess of them. While on a certain day even the best team will be humbled by a lesser-known opponent. Thereby, it’s this unpredictable nature of the game, which adds that extra spice in it. Viewers simply are thrilled to witness the unexpected twists and turns. These twists and turns ensure an edge of the seat thriller.

As a result of cricket is an unpredictable sport, there have been bizarre instances which have come up in the years gone by. In this article, we have a look at the ten weird facts which source from cricket.

10 Weird Cricket Facts

1. A Six as long as 556 miles! Really?

10 Weird Cricket Facts
Jimmy Sinclair (Image Credit: Google)

Well, this is undoubtedly the most bizarre fact related to cricket. Just imagine the facial expressions of a bowler, who realizes that he has been hit for a six and the ball has travelled for 556 miles. Jimmy Sinclair was the batsman who hit the epic six. The ball went out of the ground and landed on a train which was on its way to Port Elizabeth. It was recovered from there!

T20 world Cup 2010, Steve Smith,
Steve Smith. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Top Five Highest Wicket Takers In ICC T20 World Cup 2010

The T20 format was initially considered as the batsman’s game while bowlers had to be at the receiving end. However, gradually, the bowlers have evolved their tactics and have adapted the game very well.

In this article, we have mentioned the top five bowlers who dominated in the ICC T20 World Cup 2010, the third edition of the tournament. West Indies hosted the mega event and 12 teams participated in the tournament. At last, England lifted the trophy after defeating Australia in the finals.

Top Five Highest Wicket Takers In ICC T20 World Cup 2010

5. Graeme Swann:

Graeme Swann, Top Five Highest Wicket Takers In ICC T20 World Cup 2010
Graeme Swann. Image Credit: Getty Images.

England’s former cricketer Graeme Swann was considered as the Test specialist bowler until he showcased his masterpiece in the ICC T20 World Cup 2010. He was applauded for adapting the 20-over format flawlessly. He was also named the ECB cricketer of the year for his contribution in helping England lifting their first-ever ICC title.

He was the fifth-highest wicket-taker of the tournament, picking 10 wickets in seven matches at the economy rate of 6.54 with an average of 14.40. In the grand-finale against Australia, he picked the crucial wicket of Australian skipper Michael Clarke to halt them to chase the target. 

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