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{{Infobox cricketer
 
| name = '''Saeed Ajmal'''<br/>{{Nastaliq|سعید اجمل}}
 
| image = Saeed ajmal.jpg
 
| country = Pakistan
 
| fullname = Saeed Ajmal
 
| nickname = Saeed Bhai, The Magician
 
| birth_date = {{Birth date and age|1977|10|14|df=yes}}
 
| birth_place = [[Faisalabad]], [[Punjab (Pakistan)|Punjab]], [[Pakistan]]
 
| batting = Right-handed
 
| bowling = Right-arm [[off break]]
 
| role = [[Bowler (cricket)|Bowler]]
 
| international = true
 
| testdebutdate = 4 July
 
| testdebutyear = 2009
 
| testdebutagainst = Sri Lanka
 
| testcap = 195
 
| lasttestdate = 22–24 February
 
| lasttestyear = 2013
 
| lasttestagainst = South Africa
 
| odidebutdate = 2 July
 
| odidebutyear = 2008
 
| odidebutagainst = India
 
| odicap = 171
 
| lastodidate = 15 June
 
| lastodiyear = 2013
 
| lastodiagainst = India
 
| odishirt = 50
 
| club1 = [[Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd Cricket Team|Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd]]
 
| year1 = 2009–present
 
| club2 = [[Faisalabad cricket team|Faisalabad]]
 
| year2 = 1996–present
 
| club3 = Khan Research Laboratories
 
| year3 = 2000–07
 
| club4 = Islamabad
 
| year4 = 2001–02
 
| club5 = [[Worcestershire County Cricket Club|Worcestershire]]
 
| year5 = 2011
 
| club6 = [[Dhaka Gladiators]]
 
| year6 = 2012
 
| club7 = [[Adelaide Strikers]]
 
| year7 = 2012–present
 
| club8 = [[Barisal Burners]]
 
| year8 = 2013
 
| club9 = [[Faisalabad Wolves]]
 
| year9 = 2005–Present
 
| club10 = [[Hampshire County Cricket Club|Hampshire]]
 
| year10 = 2013–present
 
| columns = 6
 
| column1 = [[Test cricket|Test]]
 
| matches1 = 26
 
| runs1 = 318
 
| bat avg1 = 11.35
 
| 100s/50s1 = 0/1
 
| top score1 = 50
 
| deliveries1 = 8,262
 
| wickets1 = 133
 
| bowl avg1 = 27.60
 
| fivefor1 = 7
 
| tenfor1 = 3
 
| best bowling1 = 7/55
 
| catches/stumpings1 = 9/&ndash;
 
| column2 = [[One Day International|ODI]]
 
| matches2 = 84
 
| runs2 = 273
 
| bat avg2 = 8.27
 
| 100s/50s2 = 0/0
 
| top score2 = 33
 
| deliveries2 = 4,386
 
| wickets2 = 132
 
| bowl avg2 = 23.04
 
| fivefor2 = 2
 
| tenfor2 = n/a
 
| best bowling2 = 5/24
 
| catches/stumpings2 = 14/&ndash;
 
| column3 = [[Twenty 20 International|T20I]]
 
| matches3 = 51
 
| runs3 = 63
 
| bat avg3 = 9.00
 
| 100s/50s3 = 0/0
 
| top score3 = 21*
 
| deliveries3 = 1,128
 
| wickets3 = 71
 
| bowl avg3 = 16.59
 
| fivefor3 = n/a
 
| tenfor3 = n/a
 
| best bowling3 = 4/19
 
| catches/stumpings3 = 8/&ndash;
 
| column4 = [[First-class cricket|FC]]
 
| matches4 = 116
 
| runs4 = 1,322
 
| bat avg4 = 11.90
 
| 100s/50s4 = 0/3
 
| top score4 = 53
 
| deliveries4 = 25,905
 
| wickets4 = 438
 
| bowl avg4 = 26.88
 
| fivefor4 = 28
 
| tenfor4 = 4
 
| best bowling4 = 7/55
 
| catches/stumpings4 = 38/&ndash;
 
| column5 = [[List A cricket|LA]]
 
| matches5 = 190
 
| runs5 = 470
 
| bat avg5 = 7.83
 
| 100s/50s5 = 0/0
 
| top score5 = 33
 
| deliveries5 = 9,891
 
| wickets5 = 286
 
| bowl avg5 = 25.25
 
| fivefor5 = 3
 
| tenfor5 = 0
 
| best bowling5 = 5/18
 
| catches/stumpings5 = 40/&ndash;
 
| column6 = [[Twenty20 cricket|T20]]
 
| matches6 = 109
 
| runs6 = 117
 
| bat avg6 = 7.80
 
| 100s/50s6 = 0/0
 
| top score6 = 21*
 
| deliveries6 = 2,393
 
| wickets6 = 155
 
| bowl avg6 = 16.27
 
| fivefor6 = 0
 
| tenfor6 = 0
 
| best bowling6 = 4/14
 
| catches/stumpings5 = 18/&ndash;
 
| date = 15 June
 
| year = 2013
 
| source = http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/player/42699.html ESPNCricinfo
 
}}
 
 
'''Saeed Ajmal''' ([[Punjabi language|Punjabi]], {{Lang-ur|سعید اجمل}}; born 14 October 1977) is a [[Pakistan]]i [[cricket]]er. He is a right-arm [[off-spin]] bowler who bats right handed.
 
 
At domestic level in Pakistan he has represented [[Faisalabad cricket team|Faisalabad]], with whom he won the [[ABN-AMRO Twenty-20 Cup 2004–05|2005 ABN-AMRO Twenty-20 Cup]]; Khan Research Laboratories; and Islamabad. Ajmal made his [[One Day International]] debut for Pakistan in July 2008 at the age of 30, and a year later played his first [[Test cricket|Test]]. In 2009 he was reported for having a suspect bowling action, but after being cleared he helped Pakistan win the [[2009 ICC World Twenty20]]. Ajmal played for [[Worcestershire County Cricket Club|Worcestershire]] as an overseas player in English domestic cricket in 2011. Since November 2011, Ajmal has been ranked by the [[International Cricket Council]] as the number one bowler in ODIs. He is also ranked number one among bowlers in T20, while his current ICC test bowler ranking is number 2.<ref>{{cite news| url=http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-06-26/top-stories/32423653_1_icc-test-sri-lankan-kumar-sangakkara-icc-player-rankings | title= Sachin Tendulkar gains one place in ICC Test rankings| date=26 June 2012}}</ref>
 
 
On 28 January 2012, in his 20th Test, Ajmal became the quickest Pakistani to take 100 test wickets.<ref>{{citation|url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-v-england-2012/content/story/551365.html |title=Rehman stuns England to give Pakistan series |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date=28 January 2012 |accessdate=28 January 2012 }}</ref> Saeed Ajmal is the second most leading wicket taker(73) in [[Twenty20 International]] cricket,only behind [[Umar Gul]].<ref>{{citation|url=http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283194.html |title=T20I-Most wickets in career |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date=2 October 2012|accessdate=2 October 2012}}</ref>
 
 
Ajmal was signed by [[Adelaide Strikers]] for the 2012 [[Big Bash League]] in Australia.<ref name="Wisden India">{{cite news| url=http://www.wisdenindia.com/cricket-news/ajmal-signs-adelaide-strikers-big-bash/33894| title= Ajmal signs up with Adelaide Strikers in BBL| publisher = Wisden India | date= 7 November 2012}}</ref>
 
 
 
==Domestic career==
 
==Domestic career==
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Saeed Ajmal has played for [[Faisalabad cricket team|Faisalabad]] since his debut in 1995 at the age of 18. Ajmal represented the Faisalabad Wolves in the [[ABN-AMRO Twenty-20 Cup 2004–05|2005 ABN-AMRO Twenty-20 Cup]], his team won the final in which he was man of the match.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/208517.html |title=The real showpiece |first=Osman |last=Samiuddin |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date=3 May 2005|accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/82/82144.html |title=tt166 Karachi Dolphins v Faisalabad Wolves: ABN-AMRO Twenty-20 Cup 2004/05 (Final) |publisher=[[CricketArchive]] |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref> When Faisalabad won the final of the [[National One-day Championship|ABN-AMRO Patron's Cup]] in March 2006 Ajmal was named the tournament's best bowler and was given a Rs&nbsp;25,000 prize.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/241889.html |title=Faisalabad Wolves bag one-day title |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date=24 March 2006|accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref> He has also represented Khan Research Laboratories, who were runners-up in the final of the 2008/09 [[Quaid-i-Azam Trophy]]; though his side lost the final, Ajmal took 5/105 and 2/55 and in the process passed 250&nbsp;first-class wickets.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakdomestic/content/story/393584.html |title=Ajmal and Naqvi pull it back for KRL |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date=5 March 2009 |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/204/204231.html |title=f51480 Sialkot v Khan Research Laboratories: Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2008/09 (Final) |publisher=CricketArchive |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref> Ajmal has also played for Islamabad.
 
Saeed Ajmal has played for [[Faisalabad cricket team|Faisalabad]] since his debut in 1995 at the age of 18. Ajmal represented the Faisalabad Wolves in the [[ABN-AMRO Twenty-20 Cup 2004–05|2005 ABN-AMRO Twenty-20 Cup]], his team won the final in which he was man of the match.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/208517.html |title=The real showpiece |first=Osman |last=Samiuddin |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date=3 May 2005|accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/82/82144.html |title=tt166 Karachi Dolphins v Faisalabad Wolves: ABN-AMRO Twenty-20 Cup 2004/05 (Final) |publisher=[[CricketArchive]] |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref> When Faisalabad won the final of the [[National One-day Championship|ABN-AMRO Patron's Cup]] in March 2006 Ajmal was named the tournament's best bowler and was given a Rs&nbsp;25,000 prize.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/241889.html |title=Faisalabad Wolves bag one-day title |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date=24 March 2006|accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref> He has also represented Khan Research Laboratories, who were runners-up in the final of the 2008/09 [[Quaid-i-Azam Trophy]]; though his side lost the final, Ajmal took 5/105 and 2/55 and in the process passed 250&nbsp;first-class wickets.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakdomestic/content/story/393584.html |title=Ajmal and Naqvi pull it back for KRL |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date=5 March 2009 |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/204/204231.html |title=f51480 Sialkot v Khan Research Laboratories: Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2008/09 (Final) |publisher=CricketArchive |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref> Ajmal has also played for Islamabad.
 
==International career==
 
Pakistan hosted the [[2008 Asia Cup|Asia Cup]] in June 2008; Ajmal was included in the 15-man squad and was expected to act as a foil to [[Shahid Afridi]]'s leg spin.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/asiacup/content/story/355740.html |title=Pakistan include Ajmal for Asia Cup |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date=22 June 2008|accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref> He made his debut against [[India national cricket team|India]] on 2&nbsp;July 2008. Ajmal took a single wicket, that of [[Yusuf Pathan]], from his ten overs while conceding 47&nbsp;runs (1/47) as Pakistan won by eight wickets.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/engine/match/335355.html|title= Asia Cup – 10th match, Super Four: Pakistan v India at Karachi, Jul 2, 2008|publisher= ESPNCricinfo |date= 2 July 2008 |accessdate=16 September 2008}}</ref> before taking 2/19 in a ten-wicket victory over [[Bangladesh national cricket team|Bangladesh]], although the team had no chance of progressing to the competition's final.<ref>{{cite web |url= http://www.espncricinfo.com/asiacup/content/story/359648.html|title= Pakistan thrash sorry Bangladesh|publisher= ESPNCricinfo |date= 4 July 2008 |accessdate=16 September 2008}}</ref> In November that year Pakistan travelled to the [[United Arab Emirates]] to face the [[West Indian cricket team|West Indies]] in a [[West Indian cricket team against Pakistan in the UAE in 2008–09|three-match ODI series]]. Ajmal and Afridi were the team's only spin options;<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/376768.html |title=Pakistan pick five seamers for Abu Dhabi ODIs |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date=3 November 2008 |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref> the former took a single wicket while conceding 73&nbsp;runs and Pakistan won all three matches.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Events/UAE/West_Indies_in_United_Arab_Emirates_2008-09/o_Pakistan_Bowling.html |title=West Indies in United Arab Emirates 2008/09: ODI bowling for Pakistan |publisher=CricketArchive |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref>
 
 
Ajmal's next match the third ODI against [[Sri Lanka national cricket team|Sri Lanka]] in January 2009.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Players/19/19626/One-Day_International_Matches.html |title=One-Day International matches played by Saeed Ajmal |publisher=CricketArchive |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref> In April Pakistan faced [[Australia national cricket team|Australia]] in the UAE in [[Australian cricket team against Pakistan in the UAE in 2009|five ODIs]]. Playing in all five matches Ajmal took four wickets at an [[bowling average|average]] of 39.50.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://stats.espncricinfo.com/pakvaus2009/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?id=4964;type=series |title=Australia v Pakistan ODI Series, 2009 / Records / Most wickets |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref> He was then picked for the Sri Lankan series in [[Sri Lanka]] where he had made solid performances in the [[Test cricket|Test matches]], being picked ahead of [[Danish Kaneria]] in two of the matches.
 
 
In April 2009, Ajmal was reported by umpires for having a suspect bowling action. An independent test the following month demonstrated that Ajmal's arm flexed within the 15&nbsp;degree tolerance allowed by the [[International Cricket Council]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/405873.html |title=Ajmal action gets ICC's green signal |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date=24 May 2009 |accessdate=29 October 2011}}</ref> Later that year, the [[Pakistan Cricket Board]] named a pool of 30&nbsp;players from which they would chose their final squad for the [[2009 ICC World Twenty20]], held in June. Initially left out, Ajmal was one of three players added to the list, replacing players who were dropped because they were contracted with the controversial [[Indian Cricket League]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/wt202009/content/story/398773.html |title=Pakistan drop ICL players from World Twenty20 list |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date=7 April 2009 |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref> In the tournament, Ajmal partnered Afridi.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/wt202009/content/story/409559.html |title=Gul's reverse swing is an art, says Aaqib |publisher=Cricinfo |first=Nagraj |last=Gollapudi |date=17 June 2009 |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref> Pakistan won the tournament,<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/wt202009/content/story/410042.html |title=Afridi fifty seals title for Pakistan |first=Andrew |last=McGlashan |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date=21 June 2009 |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref> and Ajmal was the tournament's joint second highest wicket-taker with twelve dismissals from seven games (only Pakistan's [[Umar Gul]] took more wickets, with thirteen dismissals).<ref>{{cite web |url=http://stats.espncricinfo.com/wt202009/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?id=4162;type=tournament |title=ICC World Twenty20, 2009 / Records / Most wickets |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref>
 
 
Ajmal's good form continued in the [[2010 ICC World Twenty20]] as he was Pakistan's leading wicket taker. However despite his good form he was known for conceding three sixes to [[Michael Hussey]] in what has been hailed as the most thrilling Twenty20 match of all time as Australia were in trouble and Ajmal was the unfortunate bowler who bowled that final over.<ref>{{cite news| url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/8681437.stm | work=[[BBC News]] | title=Aussies stun Pakistan in thriller | date=14 May 2010}}</ref>
 
 
Shortly after this the Pakistan team began a tour of England where they would face Australia in [[Australian cricket team against Pakistan in England in 2010|two Tests]] in July, and subsequently play England in four Tests and five ODIs. [[Danish Kaneria]] was preferred to Ajmal in the first match against Australia, but after Pakistan lost the selectors considered dropping the leg-spinner and choosing Ajmal.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-v-australia-2010/content/story/468010.html |title=Ajmal tipped to replace Kaneria |first=Nagraj |last=Gollapudi |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date=19 July 2010 |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref> In the event, Ajmal was not selected until the second Test against England,<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Players/19/19626/Test_Matches.html |title=Test matches played by Saeed Ajmal |publisher=CricketArchvie |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref> when Kaneria was dropped because he had been ineffective. Though Pakistan lost the match by nine wickets, Ajmal took his first five-wicket haul in Tests. In Pakistan's second innings, with his team looking to set a target for England to chase, Ajmal scored 50 from 79&nbsp;balls, his first half-century in Tests, before he was dismissed by fellow off spinner [[Graeme Swann]].<ref name=credentials>{{cite web |url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-pakistan-2010/content/story/471451.html |title=Ajmal proves his Test credentials |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date=7 August 2010 |first=Nagraj |last=Gollapudi |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/257/257228.html |title=f52516 t1969 England v Pakistan: Pakistan in England 2010 (2nd Test) |publisher=CricketArchive |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref>
 
 
During the series against England, Pakistan became engulfed in a spot fixing scandal after the fourth test. In a later secret interview it was unveiled by alleged fixer Mazhar Majeed that Ajmal, [[Abdul Razzaq (cricketer)|Abdul Razzaq]], [[Younis Khan]] and [[Shahid Afridi]] were too difficult to bribe. He stated that Ajmal was too religious to get involved into fixing.<ref>{{citation|url=http://www.thenews.com.pk/latest-news/5926.htm |title=Ajmal to religious to bribe – Majeed |publisher=[[The News International|The News]] |date=30 November 2010|accessdate=5 January 2012}}.</ref>
 
 
After the controversy and upheaval of 2010, 2011 saw Pakistan become a more consistent team. The year began with the [[2011 Cricket World Cup|World Cup]] held between February and April. Pakistan progressed to the semi-final, where they were defeated by India;<ref name=review>{{cite web |url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/review2011/content/story/546849.html |title=What, no nightmares? |first=Saad |last=Shafqat |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date=27 December 2011 |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref> playing in three of the team's matches, Ajmal took five wickets at an average of 18.60.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Events/BDESH/ICC_World_Cup_2010-11/Batting_by_Average.html |title=Batting and fielding in ICC World Cup 2010/11 (ordered by average) |publisher=CricketArchive |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Events/BDESH/ICC_World_Cup_2010-11/Bowling_by_Wickets.html |title=Bowling in ICC World Cup 2010/11 (ordered by wickets) |publisher=CricketArchive |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref> After the World Cup, Pakistan played ten Tests, winning six andlosing a single match;<ref>{{cite web |url=http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/team/7.html?class=1;spanmax1=31+Dec+2011;spanmin1=01+Jan+2011;spanval1=span;template=results;type=team;view=results |title=Pakistan Test results between 1 Jan 2011 and 31 Dec 2011 |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref> this saw the team win series against Bangladesh, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe and draw with the West Indies.<ref name=review/> Ajmal finished the year with 50&nbsp;wickets from 8&nbsp;Tests, more than any other bowler (second on the list was India's [[Ishant Sharma]] with 43).<ref>{{cite web |url=http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?class=1;id=2011;type=year |title=Records / 2011 / Test matches / Most wickets |publisher=ESPN Cricinfo |accessdate=13 January 2012 }}</ref> Pakistan were also largely successful in ODIs, winning 24 out of 32.<ref name=review/> After Pakistan beat Sri Lanka 4–1 in November 2011, Ajmal climbed to the number one spot in the ICC's ODI rankings.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/story/541878.html |title=Ajmal climbs to top of ODI rankings |publisher=ESPN Cricinfo |date=24 November 2011 |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref> He finished the year by taking nine wickets over two Tests in Pakistan's [[Pakistani cricket team in Bangladesh in 2011–12|tour of Bangladesh]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?id=6957;type=series|title=Records / Pakistan in Bangladesh Test Series, 2011/12 / Most wickets|publisher=ESPN Cricinfo |accessdate=19 January 2012 }}</ref>
 
 
Pakistan started 2012 with a [[Pakistani cricket team vs England in the UAE in 2011–12|three Test series]] against England in the [[United Arab Emirates]]. Ajmal was named the man of the match for the first Test in [[Dubai]], with match figures of 10 wickets for 97 runs and a career best 7/55 in England's first innings.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/jan/19/pakistan-umar-gul-saeed-ajmal-england?newsfeed=true|title=Pakistan's Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal complete England's humiliation|last=Selvey|first=Mike|date=19 January 2012|work=[[The Guardian]] |accessdate=19 January 2012 }}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-sport/pakistan-overhaul-england-innings-20120118-1q5pk.html|title=Pakistan overhaul England innings|date=18 January 2012|work=[[Sydney Morning Herald]] |accessdate=19 January 2012 }}</ref> In the second fixture he dismissed [[Matt Prior]] to become the fastest Pakistani bowler to reach 100 wickets in Tests, taking 19&nbsp;matches to accomplish the feat.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-v-england-2012/content/story/551422.html |title=The spinners take flight while fans unite |first=George |last=Dobell |date=28 January 2012 |publisher=ESPN cricinfo |accessdate=27 March 2012 }}</ref> The series concluded with Pakistan completing a 3–0 whitewash over England, and Ajmal was named man of the series after claiming 24 wickets at an average of 14.70.<ref>{{citation|url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-v-england-2012/engine/match/531630.html |title=Pakistan v England Test Series – 3rd Test |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date= 6 February 2012 |accessdate=8 February 2012}}.</ref><ref>{{citation|url=http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?id=6859;type=series |title=Pakistan v England Test Series, 2011/12 – Most wickets|publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date= 6 February 2012 |accessdate=8 February 20122}}.</ref>
 
 
In the immediate aftermath of the Test series, following confusion over comments from Ajmal about his bowling action in an interview to the [[BBC]],<ref>{{citation|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/16929410 |title=Saeed Ajmal claims clarified by Pakistan Cricket Board|publisher=[[BBC]]|date= 6 February 2012 |accessdate=8 February 20122}}</ref> ESPNCricinfo published detailed information on the issue after a thorough investigation by journalist George Dobell with extensive discussion with ICC having been conducted. The resulting articles underlined the fact that Ajmal's bowling action falls well within the legal bounds set by the ICC for bowlers.<ref>{{citation|url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-v-england-2012/content/current/story/552579.html |title=The facts about Saeed Ajmal|publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date= 6 February 2012 |accessdate= 8 February 20122}}.</ref><ref>{{citation|url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/552586.html |title=Unravelling the mystery of Ajmal|publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date= 6 February 2012 |accessdate= 8 February 20122}}.</ref>
 
 
Ajmal was signed by [[Adelaide Strikers]] for the 2012 [[Big Bash League]] in Australia.<ref name="Wisden India"/>
 
 
==Bowling style==
 
{{rquote|right|With HawkEye coming in, left-arm spinners slide the ball on for lbws. Offspinners get a lot of lbws from round the wicket, so you [batsman] have to work really hard, and a bloke who's got a doosra you have to work extra special hard [sic].|England batsman [[Kevin Pietersen]] in 2010<ref name=credentials/>}}
 
 
A right-arm off spinner, Ajmal's stock delivery turns into right-handed batsman but he also frequently uses the [[doosra]] which turns the other way,<ref name=credentials/> and he generally bowls flatter than most off spinners. The doosra has been an effective tool for Ajmal as batsmen have often failed to pick it. Explaining his bowling style in 2012, Ajmal said "If I bowl with flight I cannot bowl well. If I bowl at a quicker speed I can then use variations in pace. If I take 70% of my wickets with the doosra why should I not bowl it? Whether you bowl a doosra or an offbreak, the ball should be bowled on the right line and one should take a wicket with it."<ref name=special>{{cite web |url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-v-england-2012/content/story/548406.html |title=Ajmal to unveil special delivery against England |publisher=ESPNCricinfo |date=6 January 2012|first=Umar |last=Farooq |accessdate=13 January 2012}}</ref>
 
 
==Dav Whatmore Controversy==
 
In reply to a question asked by a interviewer regarding difference between Local and foreign Coaches, Saeed Ajmal replied,“There is no difference, just that we are paying more to him, otherwise there is no difference,”. This prompted [[Dav Whatmore]] (SriLankan Born, Pakistan Cricket Coach) to express his feeling on saying, He is deeply upset and hurt by the comments .Ajmal however latter apologized to Dav saying he didn't meant to hurt him.<ref>http://www.sportlive.co.za/cricket/international/2013/10/03/pakistan-spinner-ajmal-forced-to-apologise-to-coach</ref>
 
 
==Bowling records==
 
 
'''Key'''
 
{|
 
|-
 
| valign="top" |
 
* '''Date''' – Date the match was held. Starting date of the match for Test matches.
 
* '''Overs''' – Number of [[Over (cricket)|overs]] bowled in that innings.
 
* '''Runs''' – [[Run (cricket)|Runs]] conceded.
 
* '''Wkts''' – Number of [[Wicket#Dismissing a batsman|wickets]] taken.
 
* '''Batsmen''' – The [[Batting (cricket)|batsmen]] whose wickets were taken in the five-wicket haul.
 
| valign="top" |
 
* '''Econ''' – [[Cricket statistics#Bowling statistics|Bowling economy rate]] (average runs per over).
 
* '''Inn''' – The [[Innings#Cricket|innings]] of the match in which the five-wicket haul was taken.
 
* '''Result''' – The result for the Pakistan team in that match.
 
* {{dagger}} – Saeed Ajmal was selected "[[Man of the match]]".
 
* <nowiki>*</nowiki> – 10 wickets or more taken in the match.
 
|}
 
 
'''Test five-wicket hauls'''
 
{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders sortable"
 
|+ List of five-wicket hauls by Saeed Ajmal in Test cricket
 
|-
 
! style="width:5%;"|No.
 
! style="width:13%;"|Date
 
! style="width:27%;"|Ground
 
! style="width:10%;"|Against
 
! style="width:5%;"|Inn
 
! style="width:5%;"|Overs
 
! style="width:5%;"|Runs
 
! style="width:5%;"|Wkts
 
! style="width:5%;"|Econ
 
! style="width:15%;" class="unsortable"|Batsmen
 
! style="width:5%;"|Result
 
|-
 
|| 1 ||{{dts|format=dmy|2010|8|6}} || [[Edgbaston Cricket Ground|Edgbaston]], [[Birmingham]], [[England]] || {{cr|ENG}} || {{nts|2}} || {{nts|26.1}} || {{nts|82}}
 
! scope="row" | {{sort|05144|5}}
 
|| {{nts|3.13}} ||
 
*[[Kevin Pietersen]]
 
*[[Paul Collingwood]]
 
*[[Matt Prior]]
 
*[[Graeme Swann]]
 
*[[Stuart Broad]]
 
|| Lost<ref>{{cite web | url= http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/426414.html | title = England in Pakistan ODI Series 2000/01 – 2nd Test | publisher=ESPNcricinfo | accessdate =17 March 2012}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|| 2 ||{{dts|format=dmy|2011|5|12}}* || [[Providence Stadium]], [[Providence, Guyana]] || {{cr|WIN}} || {{nts|1}} || {{nts|33}} || {{nts|69}}
 
! scope="row" | {{sort|05144|5}}
 
|| {{nts|2.09}} ||
 
*[[Lendl Simmons]]
 
*[[Shivnarine Chanderpaul]]
 
*[[Brendan Nash]]
 
*[[Carlton Baugh]]
 
*[[Kemar Roach]]
 
|| Lost<ref name=1st>{{cite web | url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/489218.html | title = Pakistan in West Indies Test Series – 1st Test | publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate =17 March 2012}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|| 3 ||{{dts|format=dmy|2011|5|12}}* || [[Providence Stadium]], [[Providence, Guyana]] || {{cr|WIN}} || {{nts|3}} || {{nts|23.5}} || {{nts|42}}
 
! scope="row" | {{sort|05144|6}}
 
|| {{nts|1.76}} ||
 
*[[Darren Bravo]]
 
*[[Kemar Roach]]
 
*[[Ramnaresh Sarwan]]
 
*[[Carlton Baugh]]
 
*[[Ravi Rampaul]]
 
*[[Devendra Bishoo]]
 
|| Lost<ref name=1st/>
 
|-
 
|| 4 ||{{dts|format=dmy|2011|10|26}}{{dagger}} || [[DSC Cricket Stadium]], [[Dubai]], || {{cr|SRI}} || {{nts|3}} || {{nts|30.5}} || {{nts|68}}
 
! scope="row" | {{sort|05144|5}}
 
|| {{nts|2.20}} ||
 
*[[Tharanga Paranavitana]]
 
*[[Mahela Jayawardene]]
 
*[[Rangana Herath]]
 
*[[Chanaka Welegedara]]
 
*[[Suranga Lakmal]]
 
|| Won<ref>{{cite web | url= http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/530425.html | title = Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series – 2nd Test | publisher=ESPNcricinfo | accessdate =17 March 2012}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|| 5 ||{{dts|format=dmy|2012|1|17}}{{dagger}}* || [[Dubai International Cricket Stadium]], [[Dubai]] || {{cr|ENG}} || {{nts|1}} || {{nts|24.3}} || {{nts|55}}
 
! scope="row" | {{sort|05144|7}}
 
|| {{nts|2.24}} ||
 
*[[Andrew Strauss]]
 
*[[Kevin Pietersen]]
 
*[[Ian Bell]]
 
*[[Eoin Morgan]]
 
*[[Stuart Broad]]
 
*[[Chris Tremlett]]
 
*[[James Anderson (cricketer)|James Anderson]]
 
|| Won<ref name=2nd>{{cite news | url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/531628.html | title=Pakistan v England Test Series – 1st Test | publisher=ESPNcricinfo | accessdate=31 January 2012}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|| 6 ||{{dts|format=dmy|2012|6|22}} || [[Galle International Stadium]], [[Galle]], [[SriLanka]] || {{cr|SRI}} || {{nts|1}} || {{nts|46}} || {{nts|146}}
 
! scope="row" | {{sort|05144|5}}
 
|| {{nts|3.17}} ||
 
*[[Tharanga Paranavitana]]
 
*[[Tillakaratne Dilshan]]
 
*[[Mahela Jayawardene]]
 
*[[Thilan Samaraweera]]
 
*[[Angelo Mathews]]
 
|| Lost<ref>{{cite news | url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/562444.html | title=Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Galle, Jun 22–26, 2012 – 1st Test |publisher=ESPNcricinfo| accessdate=24 June 2012}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|| 7 ||{{dts|format=dmy|2013|2|13}} || [[Newlands Cricket Ground]], [[Cape Town]] || {{cr|RSA}} || {{nts|2}} || {{nts|42}} || {{nts|96}}
 
! scope="row" | {{sort|05145|6}}
 
|| {{nts|2.48}} ||
 
*[[Graeme Smith]]
 
*[[Alviro Petersen]]
 
*[[Hashim Amla]]
 
*[[Faf du Plessis]]
 
*[[Jacques Kallis]]
 
*[[Dean Elgar]]
 
|| Lost<ref name="7th fifer">{{cite news|url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-pakistan-2013/engine/match/567364.html |title=Pakistan tour of South Africa, 2012/13 – 2nd Test|publisher=ESPNcricinfo|accessdate=17 March 2012}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|| 8 ||{{dts|format=dmy|2013|9|3}} || [[Harare Sports Club]], [[Harare]] || {{cr|ZIM}} || {{nts|2}} || {{nts|32.2}} || {{nts|95}}
 
! scope="row" | {{sort|07000|7}}
 
|| {{nts|2.92}} ||
 
*[[Hamilton Masakadza]]
 
*[[Sikandar Raza]]
 
*[[Malcolm Waller]]
 
*[[Elton Chigumbura]]
 
*[[Richmond Mutumbami]]
 
*[[Shingi Masakadza]]
 
*[[Tendai Chatara]]
 
|| Won<ref name="8th fifer">{{cite news|url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/zimbabwe-v-pakistan-2013/engine/match/659555.html |title=Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2013 – 1st Test|publisher=ESPNcricinfo|accessdate=17 March 2012}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|| 9 ||{{dts|format=dmy|2013|10|23}} || [[Dubai International Cricket Stadium]], [[Dubai]] || {{cr|RSA}} || {{nts|2}} || {{nts|55.5}} || {{nts|151}}
 
! scope="row" | {{sort|06000|6}}
 
|| {{nts|2.70}} ||
 
*[[Graeme Smith]]
 
*[[Dean Elgar]]
 
*[[Jacques Kallis]]
 
*[[Vernon Philander]]
 
*[[Morne Morkel]]
 
*[[Imran Tahir]]
 
|| Won<ref name="9th fifer">{{cite news|url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/649089.html |title=Pakistan v South Africa at Dubai, 2013/14 – 2nd Test|publisher=ESPNcricinfo|accessdate=17 March 2012}}</ref>
 
|}
 
 
'''10-wickets in a match'''
 
{| class="wikitable sortable" "align: left"
 
|-
 
! class="unsortable"|No.
 
! Date
 
! Ground
 
! Against
 
! Match
 
! Runs
 
! Wkts
 
! Result
 
|-
 
|| 1 || {{dts|format=dmy|2011|5|12}}{{dagger}} || [[Providence Stadium]], [[Providence, Guyana]] || {{cr|WIN}} || {{nts|10}} || {{nts|111}}
 
! scope="row" | {{sort|05144|11}}
 
|| Lost<ref name=1st/>
 
|-
 
| 2 || {{dts|format=dmy|2012|1|17}} || [[Dubai International Cricket Stadium]], [[Dubai]], [[UAE]] || {{cr|ENG}} || 18 || 97
 
! scope="row" | 10
 
|| Won<ref name=2nd/>
 
|-
 
| 3 || {{dts|format=dmy|2013|2|14}} || [[Newlands, Cape Town]], [[South Africa]] || {{cr|RSA}} || 25 || 147
 
! scope="row" | 10
 
|| Lost<ref name="7th fifer"/>
 
|-
 
| 4 || {{dts|format=dmy|2013|9|3}} || [[Harare Sports Club]], [[Harare]] || {{cr|ZIM}} || 27 || 118
 
! scope="row" | 11
 
|| Won<ref name="8th fifer"/>
 
|- align=center
 
|}
 
 
'''ODI five-wicket hauls'''
 
{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders sortable"
 
|+ List of five-wicket hauls by Saeed Ajmal in ODI cricket
 
|-
 
! style="width:5%;"|No.
 
! style="width:13%;"|Date
 
! style="width:27%;"|Ground
 
! style="width:10%;"|Against
 
! style="width:5%;"|Inn
 
! style="width:5%;"|Overs
 
! style="width:5%;"|Runs
 
! style="width:5%;"|Wkts
 
! style="width:5%;"|Econ
 
! style="width:15%;" class="unsortable"|Batsmen
 
! style="width:5%;"|Result
 
|-
 
|| 1 ||{{dts|format=dmy|2012|2|13}} || [[Sheikh Zayed Stadium]], [[Abu Dhabi]] || {{cr|ENG}} || {{nts|1}} || {{nts|10}} || {{nts|43}}
 
! scope="row" | {{sort|05144|5}}
 
|| {{nts|4.30}} ||
 
*[[Alastair Cook]]
 
*[[Ravi Bopara]]
 
*[[Eoin Morgan]]
 
*[[Craig Kieswetter]]
 
*[[Stuart Broad]]
 
|| Lost<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/531631.html|title=Pakistan v England ODI Series – 1st ODI|publisher=ESPNcricinfo|accessdate=17 March 2012}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|| 2 ||{{dts|format=dmy|2013|1|6}} || [[Feroz Shah Kotla Ground]], [[Delhi]] || {{cr|IND}} || {{nts|1}} || {{nts|9.4}} || {{nts|24}}
 
! scope="row" | {{sort|05145|5}}
 
|| {{nts|2.48}} ||
 
*[[Suresh Raina]]
 
*[[Ravichandran Ashwin]]
 
*[[Ravindra Jadeja]]
 
*[[Bhuvneshwar Kumar]]
 
*[[Ishant Sharma]]
 
|| Lost<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-pakistan-2012/engine/match/589310.html |title=Pakistan tour of India, 2012/13 – 3rd ODI|publisher=ESPNcricinfo|accessdate=17 March 2012}}</ref>
 
|}
 
 
==References==
 
{{Reflist|30em}}
 
 
==External links==
 
*{{cricinfo|ref=pakistan/content/player/42699.html}}
 
*{{cricketarchive|ref=Archive/Players/19/19626/19626.html}}
 
*{{Twitter|REALsaeedajmal |Saeed Ajmal }}
 
 
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{{Persondata <!-- Metadata: see [[Wikipedia:Persondata]]. -->
 
| NAME = Ajmal, Saeed
 
| ALTERNATIVE NAMES =
 
| SHORT DESCRIPTION = Cricketer
 
| DATE OF BIRTH = 14 October 1977
 
| PLACE OF BIRTH = [[Faisalabad]], [[Punjab (Pakistan)|Punjab]]
 
| DATE OF DEATH =
 
| PLACE OF DEATH =
 
}}
 
{{DEFAULTSORT:Ajmal, Saeed}}
 
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