DUBAI - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has not yet given up hope for Saeed Ajmal's inclusion for the ICC award. This was revealed by the PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf. However it is still “undecided" about the boycott of the ICC Award function scheduled to be held in Colombo on Sept. 15.
Speaking exclusively from Lahore on Saturday evening, The PCB Chairman said, "we are discussing the issue with the ICC and no final decision has been taken to boycott the award ceremony”.
In the past, protests from member boards have led to the ICC reconsider the final list of nominees and change them. In 2010, England's spinner Graeme Swann was omitted from the final nominees but was later included after the England and Wales Cricket Board pleaded his case".
When pointed out that Swann's case was different as the ICC termed it an oversight, Zaka Ashraf said, "it is also an "oversight" in Ajmal's case. The system of appointing the jury is flawed. We would not have objected had he not won the award after being short listed but in this case, he has been "overlooked" for his performance ".
Former Test players, commentators and experts including former England captain Tony Greig, New Zealand's Danny Morrison and a number of ex-Pakistani cricketers have already expressed their shock over Ajmal's omission from the Test cricketer of the year award nomination.
The 34-year-old finished with 72 wickets in Tests and was placed No.2 in the list of top wicket-takers for One-dayers in the period reviewed by the ICC panel of experts.