Saeed Ajmal agrees to return to Worcestershire

Saeed Ajmal, England’s chief tormentor in their series whitewash by Pakistan, will play county cricket again this summer as Worcestershire’s second overseas player in the Friends Life t20.

The off-spinner took 24 wickets in three Tests against England in the United Arab Emirates and will rejoin Worcestershire for the Twenty20 Cup after a brief but successful first stint in county cricket last summer.

Ajmal’s 17 County Championship wickets in three matches included two five-wicket hauls and he also took 16 Twenty20 wickets and a further eleven in four Clydesdale Bank 40 appearances.

“He showed last summer what a quality bowler he is. His recent performances against England only go to back this up and we are delighted that he has agreed to return to New Road for a second time,” said Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes.

Last month Rhodes jumped to the defence of Ajmal when the legality of the off-spinner’s action was questioned by former England captain Bob Willis.

Rhodes, a former England wicketkeeper, said that he had seen nothing wrong with Ajmal’s action last summer and was keen to re-sign him for the T20 competition even though international commitments were likely to prevent him playing for a longer period.

Worcestershire have already recruited out-of-favour Australia opening batsman Phil Hughes as their overseas player for the entire summer.

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