Worcestershire’s long and frustrating wait for the arrival of Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal appears to be over.
The 33-year-old has been frustrated by a lengthy delay in the return of his passport from Abu Dhabi, where it was sent so that his visa to play county cricket for the first time could be processed.
But Ajmal is due to arrive in England later today (June 20) and is expected to make his Worcestershire debut in the one-day tour match against Sri Lanka at New Road on June 22.
His first competitive appearance will be against Derbyshire in the Friends Life t20 at New Road on Friday June 24.
Worcestershire expected Ajmal to be available for all their t20 group matches when they signed him during the winter and to form a four-pronged spin attack with Bangladesh slow left-armer Shakib Al Hasan, Shaaiq Choudry and Moeen Ali.
Instead they had to retain Australia seamer Damien Wright as their second overseas player though he was forced to return home after the first week of the t20 after he suffered a calf injury.
Ajmal was due to arrive in time to play in the current County Championship match against Hampshire at New Road but his delayed arrival forced another change of plan with Shakib pressed into service.