Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Worcs Confirm Interest In Re-Signing Saeed If Remodelled Action Approved

Worcs Confirm Interest In Re-Signing Saeed If Remodelled Action Approved

Chief Executive David Leatherdale has confirmed Worcestershire would be interested in re-signing spin wizard Saeed Ajmal – if he successfully remodels his bowling action.

Ajmal picked up 63 wickets in nine LV = County Championship matches this summer for the county and helped them gain promotion to Division One.

The Pakistan star is currently working on amending his action following his ban from international cricket after being reported by the match officials during the recent Test series in Sri Lanka.

Leatherdale said: "Saeed has been brilliant this year. We know where he is at, he is remodelling his action.

"It has happened to a number of players in the past and they've come back and played cricket, whether it be Test cricket or county cricket.

"He is adamant he wants to remodel it to be able to play in the World Cup over the winter time.

"If he does, then we'd love to have him back and we've made it pretty clear if he passes those tests, we are still interested in signing him.

"We've supported him and hopefully he will want to do the same."

Leatherdale, who played for the county for nearly two decades, is full of pride at the county regaining their place in the top flight after their post-lunch heroics against Surrey on Friday.

He said: "It is quite special. We've had it before, getting promoted, but not quite in that fashion. At lunch-time on Friday, it certainly didn't look anything like that.

"To then have a couple of hours cricket like that, they are very, very special.

"If you looked at the 11-12 sessions of play in the game, we probably won three of them and Surrey seven or eight. But we responded at the vital times."