Ajmal baffled by selectors’ ‘neglect’ of him


Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal feels the selectors are making a big mistake by ignoring his domestic performances, and feels he is being neglected.

Ajmal has played just one international series since remodeling his action in late 2014, and was dropped after his new action proved ineffective.

He has gone on to do well domestically, both in Pakistan and in England, and does not understand why the selectors don't take that into account, given they had told him he needed to prove himself again.

The 39-year-old Ajmal told cricket.com.au: "I just don’t understand what they (the selectors) want me to do. 

"If they don’t want to select me they should give me a straight reply. They keep telling me, 'you need to perform in domestic cricket'. 

"I took 20 wickets in the T20 tournament in Multan. I was leading wicket-taker in the competition. Even in the domestic T20s in England last year (for Worcestershire) I was among the best bowlers of the tournament. 

"I don’t know why these performances are not being considered. I don’t have any fitness concerns either as I have played both the domestic T20 and 50-over tournaments this year. 

"I am working very hard for a comeback. Pakistan does not have an off-spinner in the team and I feel I still have a role to play."

He continued: "I have played just one match (in T20 internationals) after remodelling my bowling action. 

"They told me I've got to prove my worth in domestic cricket. My performances in domestic cricket is in front of everyone, but still I am being neglected. 

"I cannot prove my worth by inventing a magic delivery which the batsmen can’t see. It is my performance that the selectors need to see. 

"Every bowler who had issues with his bowling action is back in the team. It is only me who is not being selected. 

"It looks as if the whole idea behind the drive against chucking was to ban me."