Ajmal is frustrated not to have made the shortlist for the ICC Test Player of the Year award
The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) appeal to add spinner Saeed Ajmal to the shortlist for Test Cricketer of the Year has been rejected by the International Cricket Council (ICC) since it is too late to add any more players.
The PCB filed an official complaint to the ICC after Ajmal was omitted, but the ICC stated that nothing could be done to satisfy the request of the PCB, and the shortlist will remain the way it is.
As of right now, the shortlist includes South Africa’s Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander, Australia captain Michael Clarke and Sri Lanka wicketkeeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara.
The PCB are extremely disappointed by the ICC’s decision to omit Ajmal since he took 72 wickets in 12 Tests he played during the qualifying period.
The Express Tribune quoted an ICC spokesman, as saying: “Ajmal was in the long list of nominations for three awards and this went to a voting academy, they voted for these players and nominated their top four. This academy is representative of all countries and their votes were audited and verified by independent auditors. In that way, the process is already complete.”
However, even though Ajmal may not receive any of the individual awards up for grabs, he has been included as the only spinner on the ICC’s Test Team of the Year.