Ajmal is looking to be at his best when Pakistan’s series against India gets underway
Despite being excited to represent the Adelaide Strikers in the this year’s edition of Australia’s Big Bash League, Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal stated that he understood the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision not to allow him to take part in the star-studded Twenty20 tournament.
Ajmal noted that the national team’s limited overs series against arch-rivals India later this month was more important and added that he would be practising extremely hard to be in top notch form when Pakistan head there on December 22.
“The tour of India is my main target, it’s a big one,” Ajmal said. “I want to give it my best shot in India for which I’ve been training hard. Besides, I also want to strengthen my top ranking in ODIs and Twenty20s on the tour. I played a couple of President’s Trophy matches and will take part in more later this month. Right now I am focusing on my individual training and practice.”
Besides Ajmal, the PCB also banned all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who was set to represent the Sydney Thunder and batsman Umar Akmal, who had agreed to terms with the Sydney Sixers, from playing in the tournament.
“The PCB has taken the decision for our own good and I will play in that tournament and have no issues in withdrawing from the Big Bash League,” Ajmal added. “The series against India is a huge assignment and the PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf deserves praise for his hard work to make it a reality after years. I hope cricket will flourish under this chairman as he is taking right decisions to promote the game.”