Ajmal hopeful to make comeback soon

ISLAMABAD : Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal said he will be back in national team very soon.

“That day is not far when I will be back in the national team, I have spent a lot of time outside and it hurts me when Pakistan loses.” Ajmal who is in UAE these days to represent Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League, was quoted as saying by ESPN cricinfo.

Ajmal dismantled his technique to relearn the art of off-spin and put himself in line for an international recall with a remodeled action. The late-bloomer emerged as Pakistan’s main strike bowler with a dizzying array of tricks in his arsenal until a suspect action brought about a ban in 2014.

He was cleared to bowl again a week before last year’s World Cup but has struggled to replicate the control that once made him a universally feared spinner.

He has had to sacrifice some bounce and spin, and the occasional delivery can exceed the 15 degree elbow extension limit but Ajmal said he still had enough variation to trouble batsmen

Ajmal said he bowled with weights strapped to his wrist and ankles to iron out kinks in his action, which he blamed on a broken wrist following a bus accident.

“I will leave cricket with new action. If I am not effective, I will leave. “The odd ball might have exceeded 20 degrees but I work hard immediately to put right that. I watch every video of my matches. Ninety-nine per cent of my deliveries are under control.”

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