Worcestershire still made to wait for Ajmal’s arrival

Worcestershire will again be missing Pakistan off spinner Saeed Ajmal for their Friends Life t20 match against Derbyshire at Derby on Wednesday June 15.

Ajmal is in possession of a visa but he has not been able to leave Pakistan because his passport is still in transit from Abu Dhabi where it was sent for the necessary paperwork to be processed.

Worcestershire had hoped that Ajmal would arrive in England in time for him to make his debut against Derbyshire,  but they now accept that he will not be here before Friday’s local derby against Warwickshire at Edgbaston at the latest.

Ajmal’s delayed arrival means that Worcestershire will have Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as their only overseas player at Derby. Australian seamer Damien Wright, who was due to cover for Ajmal, has returned home having aggravated a calf injury.

Worcestershire have added Aneesh Kapil, a 17-year-old all-rounder from Wolverhampton, to their squad for Derby but seamer Alan Richardson will be kept back so that he is fresh for the County Championship match against Hampshire at New Road on Saturday June 18.

Meanwhile Worcestershire are having a look at batsman Vishal Tripathi, who played three County Championship matches for Northamptonshire last season.

Tripathi, who made 71 against Derbyshire at Wantage Road, was released by Northamptonshire in September but is playing for Worcestershire on trial in the current Second XI Championship match against Leicestershire at Kidderminster.

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