If selectors don’t want to select me they should give me a straight reply, says Ajmal
The Magician, Saeed Ajmal believes that the crackdown that ICC kicked off against bowlers with suspected action was just to get him out of the game.
“It looks as if the whole idea behind the drive against chucking was to ban me,” Ajmal told cricket.com.au.
Saeed Ajmal was reported for having a suspected action in 2014, he failed to clear the test and was suspended from bowling in international cricket. However, the veteran spinner did not give up and remodelled his action according to the guidelines of the ICC.
With a remodelled action, Ajmal made a comeback in national team in 2015 against Bangladesh, but, could not put a substantial show and was dropped from the side.
Since then, Saeed Ajmal has been performing consistently in the domestic circuit and waiting for a comeback call.
The 39-year old expressed his frustration saying, “I just don’t understand what they (the selectors) want me to do.”
“If they don’t want to select me they should give me a straight reply,” he went on to say, “They keep telling me, ‘you need to perform in domestic cricket’.”
Ajmal was phenomenal during Pakistan Cup, “I took 20 wickets in the T20 tournament in Multan. I was leading wicket-taker in the competition. Even in the domestic T20s in England last year (for Worcestershire) I was among the best bowlers of the tournament.”
The Magician is looking for an answer about what should he do to earn a call. He further added that he does not have a fitness issue as well.
“I don’t have any fitness concerns either as I have played both the domestic T20 and 50-over tournaments this year,” he said, “I am working very hard for a comeback,” he added.
Ajmal believes that not having a quality off-spinner in the whole domestic circuit makes his chances bright for a return in the national squad.
“They told me I’ve got to prove my worth in domestic cricket. My performances in domestic cricket is in front of everyone, but still I am being neglected.
“I cannot prove my worth by inventing a magic delivery which the batsmen can’t see. It is my performance that the selectors need to see,” he further said.
Ajmal expressed his frustration that all the bowlers, who were reported for a suspected action and fixed their flex of arm are in the side now, except him.
“Every bowler who had issues with his bowling action is back in the team. It is only me who is not being selected.”
He also highlighted that he is not looking to call it a day for international cricket at the moment and all the reports regarding his farewell match are baseless.
“Neither I nor any PCB official has talked about a farewell match with me,” he said. “I have not even thought about it because I still want to play,” he added.
The spin wizard further revealed that he is not playing first class cricket because he is not interested in playing the longest format of the game.
“My focus is on limited-overs cricket only and I have confidence that I can still perform in international cricket.”
But, still he is looking to impress the selectors with every game he will play.
“Whatever games I am going to play I will consider it as a gateway to international cricket,” he said.
“I am eager to do well in the PSL and every other domestic tournament and hopefully I will be considered for the national team.”