Worcestershire secure Ajmal

The 37-year-old was cleared to bowl again after remedial work on his action following a ban??from international cricket in September 2014 after being reported during Pakistan’s first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

It remains unclear on when he will be in action at New Road with his early-season availability affected by his selection for Pakistan’s tour to Bangladesh, scheduled in April and May.

Discussions are under way to determine whether this tour will take place and even if it does get the green light, Ajmal, not chosen for Pakistan’s World Cup squad, may not be picked.

But Ajmal, a driving force behind Worcestershire’s promotion to Division One of??the LV= County Championship, will be arriving at the latest by early July.

He said: “I am proud to be part of Worcestershire County Cricket??Club and delighted to be coming back for a third spell.

“I’ve had this difficult spell of my career with my action, but I knew I would??come through it and have had the support not only of Pakistan but also??Worcestershire throughout.

“Worcestershire have all the time stood by me, and I can assure them I will??repay the faith they have shown in me.”

Ajmal, who first moved to the county in 2011, played in nine of Worcestershire’s 16 Championship matches in the last campaign, which still proved enough to inspire promotion, with 63 wickets and an average of 16.48.

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes added: “We are waiting to hear as to what is going to happen regarding the Bangladesh-Pakistan series – if it goes ahead or not.

“That will determine how much cricket we see from Saeed this year but the good thing is we know for definite he will be available for the second half of the season.

“After all the work Saeed has done after failing his test, we’re optimistic that he is well grooved and may come back a better bowler. He has bowled a couple of thousand overs. He talks about bowling 12,000 balls, and that’s a hefty amount of grooving.”

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