Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Spin Wizard Ajmal Happy To Return To New Road For Third Spell If Offered Chance

Spin Wizard Ajmal Happy To Return To New Road For Third Spell If Offered Chance

Saeed Ajmal has indicated he would be happy to return to Worcestershire for a third spell as their overseas player if he is offered the opportunity.

The Pakistan spin wizard admits he is enjoying the "happy team" he is playing for at New Road and likened it to a "family."

Ajmal picked up 17 wickets in three County Championship matches and 16 in eight T20 games in 2011.

This season he is with Worcestershire for a longer stint and to date has picked up 37 wickets in six Championship appearances – including the current game with Hampshire – and bowled economically in the NatWest T20 Blast.

Ajmal is due to remain at the county until July 17 – before Pakistan tour Sri Lanka – with his last appearance of that spell scheduled to be the home Championship fixture with Leicestershire.

The 36-year-old said: "If they offer it to me, I am happy to come back and play at Worcester again.

"I am enjoying it here, it is like a family, they are all supportive, and I like that.

"Let's see what the international schedule shows but I would like to come back."

Ajmal is the oldest member of the side but admits he relishes passing on his experience to the youngsters.

He said: "It is going well, we have done well, we are working hard. We are doing a good job with the batting and bowling.

"They are young guys, good talent, they still need to learn more. It gives me a lot of enthusiasm.

"Bumpy (Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes) give me a job as well, give some confidence to the youngsters in first class cricket. First class cricket is not easy in any country.

"They are learning and good talent and a happy team and the coaches are as well so I'm happy to play with them."

Ajmal confirmed: "I'm here to July 17 with the last game against Leicestershire, a four day game, and then I have to go to Sri Lanka with Pakistan.

"That goes on until first week of September and then we (Pakistan) are going to Dubai the last week of September to play Australia."