Ajmal set for Worcs stint after clearance

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Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal will arrive in the UK this weekend to start his three-month stint with Worcestershire, after getting clearance from the Pakistan Cricket Board and visa approval.

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal will arrive in the UK this weekend to start his three-month stint with Worcestershire, after getting clearance from the Pakistan Cricket Board and visa approval.

Ajmal played for the county in 2011 with great success, and will now be free to play for them in up to nine County Championship matches, as well as 12 T20 Blast fixtures, much to the Rapids' delight.

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes said: "Saeed is a very special talent, a lovely guy and will be great for our dressing room, and it's great that he is returning here for the next three months or so.

"This guy is one of the best bowlers in the world – so for us to pull off a coup in signing him is tremendous. Other sides would have desperately loved to have had him. Make no mistake, there will be a lot of jealous counties out there.

"He is top of the tree and he is a very good asset to the club. For his age, his excitement, energy and enjoyment for the game of cricket is quite amazing."

Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell said: "Saeed really is a genius and I don't use that term lightly. He is something special. He has got things that other people in the game simply haven't got.

"It is a huge boost to have him back here. He acts as an inspiration to the other lads in the dressing room. He is a great guy and one of those guys who loves bowling.

"He practices as hard as anyone as well. He is the first one over in the nets in the morning when he gets here and does extra training with his bowling.

"He is a real inspiration and a great role model for everyone else in the squad and after a positive start in our first two LV= County Championship matches will give the team a further lift for the summer ahead."

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