Saeed Ajmal returns to Worcestershire

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal will join English county side Worcestershire for a third spell next month after he was given clearance from the Pakistan Cricket Board.

The off-break bowler has recently had to remodel his bowling action after it was deemed illegal by the ICC and he subsequently missed the World Cup earlier this year.

After having work done on his action he was allowed to compete again and was picked for Pakistan's recent tour to Bangladesh but his comeback was disappointing.

It is hoped that he will rediscover his form in the English domestic set-up, where he took 63 wickets in nine first-class matches last season.

Worcestershire Chief Executive David Leatherdale said: "Saeed, now that Pakistan have issued the No Objection Certificate, is due to arrive on 2nd June.

"He will certainly be available until 7th July and possibly, depending on selection for Sri Lanka, even longer and, if he wasn't selected for the Sri Lankan one-dayers, he could be here for the whole summer."

Worcestershire Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes said:"I'm delighted Saeed is back playing. What he has produced, previous to his problems, was exceptional for us as well as his country.

"We are very optimistic he will do well again for us and obviously he is a feared opponent by all of our opposition in all formats of cricket."