Saeed Ajmal has been (unfairly) excluded from the ICC awards due to take place in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo on September 15, and this has angered Pakistanis to the point where Pakistan could boycott the ICC awards over his omission.
South Africa’s Vernon Philander has been picked instead of Saeed Ajmal for the Test Cricketer of the Year award, while Saeed Ajmal’s figures during the review period are much better. Others in the best Test cricketer category are Hashim Amla, Kumar Sangakkara, and Michael Clarke. One is also left to question as to what Michael Clarke is doing in the list.
PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf has decided to give Ajmal his own award irrespective of the ICC.
“Saeed Ajmal, we still say you’re the number one bowler in the world and the PCB recognises you, and whether someone gives you the prize, that is immaterial, we don’t care. We congratulate you and when you come back home (after the World Twenty20) we will give you a prize for being the number one bowler in the world.”
Imran Khan led a protest of former Pakistani captains, and said that Saeed Ajmal’s exclusion was unjust
“It is a great injustice to a player who is a match winner in all formats of the game and his omission was surprising.”
Former captain Ramiz Raja said Ajmal was hard done by the jury.
“I feel that Ajmal was hard done by the jury and it is a serious case for review because if performers are not picked then the credibility (of awards) is missing. It’s a great honour for the player to win an award and it hurts not only Pakistan but the whole community.”
Former captain and coach Waqar Younis said he didn’t understand the system.
“I don’t know how this system is working. Maybe the system needs to be reviewed because 32 people are too much. On the basis of performance you can’t overlook Ajmal and it comes as a great surprise to me.”
Is there any reason why Saeed Ajmal is excluded from the ICC Awards?