Stories about Saeed Ajmal

Pakistan vs South Africa: Which green team will come out stronger?

The morale-boosting One-Day International (ODI) series win in India earlier this month may have given much heart to the national team and its fans, considering the fact that the side had to overcome the immense pressure of playing the world champions in front of highly partisan home crowds, not to mention the prospect of facing a batting line-up, which on reputation, was considered one of the finest in the world in limited-overs cricket.  While the fact that Pakistan were able to come out on top in the battle of nerves that comes into play every time they face India, there is little doubt that the ...

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T20 order: Crazy, inconsistent but spot on!

Introducing our current playing XI (not in order), Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal. People may criticise Pakistan for being way too inconsistent, but it’s about time we embraced our moments of madness. Here’s what our top, middle, lower and bowling orders are, my critique and what I think could work better for us. Top order: Pakistan has four openers in the playing XI which could be a blessing in disguise. Losing early wickets is our habit so it wouldn’t hurt to have Nasir Jamshed coming in ...

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ICC awards nominations: Why didn’t Ajmal make it?

 “I don’t mind that I have not been shortlisted for any of the awards. I will try even harder next year and try to win the award next year Insha’Allah.” Saeed Ajmal’s reaction at not being shortlisted for any of the ICC awards that he was initially nominated for was probably the calmest reaction among former Pakistani cricketers and Pakistan cricket supporters. The news that Ajmal was no longer a nominee for any of the ICC awards came as a shock to every Pakistan cricket fan that I know. So are we Pakistani fans cribbing for no reason or are we justified ...

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IPL without Pakistan: Who is the real loser?

Since its inception mid-way through the last decade, Twenty20 cricket has added a new dimension to the gentlemen’s sport. This relatively new brand of cricket not only marked a certain form of revival for the sport, it also managed to expand its fan base by exploring regions of the globe that had previously shunned it because of the length of its duration. The inaugural T20 World Cup soon followed and brought the most significant twist in its otherwise steady growth. The crowning of India as the World T20 Champions marked wild celebrations back home and took Mahendra Singh Dhoni and many of his unknown men ...

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Pak vs England: Fantastic stats for Team Green

It still hasn’t sunk in that Pakistan have not only won the second Test, but also won the series; if that is how I am feeling then I can’t even begin to imagine what the critics and doubters are going through right now. Believe it or not, Pakistan are up 2-0 and the prospects of a whitewash are truer than ever. Pakistani magic against low totals This was only the second time that Pakistan successfully defended a total below 150 in a Test match. The last time this happened was against New Zealand in 1993 when Wasim and Waqar took five wickets apiece and ...

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Team Misbah did us proud

Victory against any opposition is sweet. But when you win against the world’s top Test team, it is memorable. Pakistan beating England by 72 runs last week has to go down as one of the best successes of the Pakistan cricket team. Defending just 145 against one of the best batting line ups of the world would have been a tough job in any case, but Pakistan never let England off the hook. Surprisingly, the chief destroyer was Abdur Rehman who grabbed six wickets for 25 runs in just 10.1 overs. Saeed Ajmal supported him well with three wickets for ...

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Team Pakistan: Back with a bang!

Can anything taste sweeter than victory? If you are a Pakistani fan who has gone through the spot-fixing case, the ensuing talks of banishing Pakistan from world cricket, the semi-final losses in the World T20 and World Cup 2011, clearly not. And what if that victory is against the number one side in the world? It just makes it all the more sweet. It might take a couple of days for this to settle in. Consider this- in 2010, the cricketing world was so irritated with a particular team and the board’s chairman that there were talks of throwing them ...

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Saeed Ajmal, the doosra Saqlain

Off-spin bowling has never been as glamorous and stylish an art as leg-spin. In fact, it wasn’t long ago when off-spin wasn’t event considered an art, as every part timer could roll over his arm for an end changing spell of off-spinning lollipops. From Benaud to Qadir and Warne to Mushtaq, leg-spin was the only form of slow bowling that was considered an essential ingredient of a potent bowling unit. All that, however, changed with the emergence of a skinny young man from Lahore who not only reintroduced off-spin as a genuine threat but also added such artistry to his repertoire that his invention laid the foundation of ...

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England’s might will soon be put to the test

‘It is more difficult to stay on top than to get there.’ England are rated as the number one ICC Test team but the current series against Team Green will determine whether they truly deserve the position. This is the first time England will be playing an away Test series after gaining the top position when they humiliated India at home. By the look of things, the series is shaping up to be an exciting one for the fans of  both teams. In 2011, Pakistan and England  put in some dominating performances and both won six Tests each. England’s performances came against ...

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Pakistan cricket, soaring through the ranks

It wasn’t a very long time ago that words such as ‘stability’, ‘consistency’ and ‘Pakistan’ were never used in the same sentence. However, since the spot-fixing trial, it seems that the Pakistan players and the incumbents at the board have finally grown out of their primitive mind set and realised what needs to be done. The emphasis displayed on consistency in selection and backing of players has been crucial to Pakistan’s success in the one dayers and Test matches. And, of course, the fear of real jail time and extended bans seems to have worked in favour of Pakistan.  Pakistan now sits comfortably ...

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