PCB to give Ajmal ‘special award’ after ICC ‘Player of Year’ snub
Johannesburg: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf has claimed Saeed Ajmal will receive a special award from them after the spin bowler was left off the shortlist for the International Cricket Council`s (ICC) Player of the Year.
The exclusion of the top-ranked one-day international bowler from the shortlist has led to widespread fury in Pakistan, and there have been talks that the team could boycott the ICC awards ceremony, due to take place in Sri Lankan capital Colombo on September 15.
“Saeed Ajmal, we still say you`re the No 1 bowler in the world and the PCB recognises you, and whether someone gives you the prize, that is immaterial, we don`t care,” a website quoted Ashraf, as saying.
“We congratulate you and when you come back home (after the World Twenty20) we will give you a prize for being the No 1 bowler in the world,” he added.
Ajmal is at the top of the ICC`s own list of bowlers in one-day international cricket and is ranked third in Tests, but was not nominated for any individual prize in the annual ICC awards.
South Africa`s Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander were named on the cricketer of year shortlist with Australia captain Michael Clarke and Sri Lanka`s Kumar Sangakkara.
During the period under consideration for the award (August 4 2011 to August 6 2012), Ajmal took 120 wickets in Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20 internationals, including 24 wickets in three tests against England in January and February.