Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Bumpy Hopeful Of Finding Overseas Replacement If Ajmal Ruled Out

Bumpy Hopeful Of Finding Overseas Replacement If Ajmal Ruled Out

Steve Rhodes is hopeful Worcestershire will have an overseas replacement for Saeed Ajmal in time for the start of the season should Pakistan's tour of Bangaldesh in April and May goes ahead and the spin wizard is selected.

A high-level security delegation of the Pakistan Cricket Board has left for Dhaka to review security arrangements for the tour.

An PCB board official said the delegation would review the arrangements for the team at the grounds and hotels before submitting a report.

The official said: ”Unless the security delegation says otherwise the tour is on as the government has also given us clearance to go ahead with the tour."

Ajmal will be available for the second half of the summer at New Road but Director of Cricket Rhodes is striving to ensure an overseas signing will be in position for the LV = County Championship opener against Yorkshire starting on April 12.

Rhodes told last night's county AGM: "With the overseas (player) situation, we are still waiting to find out whether this tour of Bangladesh is going ahead which it looks likely.

"We are still waiting to see if Saeed gets picked for that tour as well. Have we got a replacement if he doesn't make it? We are working hard on that.

"I'm a gambling man so I would like to say if Saeed is not here, we will have someone for the Yorkshire game.

"Hopefully it is not going to flood and hopefully we will have someone here for that first game against Yorkshire."

Pakistan are due to leave for Bangladesh on April 13 and will play three ODIs on April 17, 19 and 22, a T20 match on April and two Tests starting on April 28 and May 6 respectively.

Rhodes told members at the AGM that he is determined to bring back to New Road the kind of trophy success he enjoyed as a player.

He said: "This is my 31st season at Worcester and I'm very proud to say that. The reason I'm here honestly is I love this place. I have done as a player and I love it as a coach.

"Seeing us be successful is what drives me on, trying to get this club back into some of those lofty days of winning trophies.

"That is what is really driving me on, for us to try and succeed and try and get some of those trophies back."