Worcestershire CCC is delighted to announce that Saeed Ajmal, the current world number one ODI bowler, will be returning to New Road for the 2014 domestic campaign pending approval from the Pakistan Cricket Board and suitable visa clearances.
Currently representing Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, Ajmal collected 4-30 with an economy rate of 3.00 in Pakistan's first ODI of the series against South Africa. Across his international career spanning six years, Ajmal has taken 389 wickets for Pakistan.
The offspinner previously served the County in 2011 and had a particularly successful spell at New Road. In Friends Life t20 action, Ajmal picked up 16 wickets for the Club in his eight appearances, including a fantastic triple wicket maiden against Northamptonshire to finish with career best twenty20 figures of 4-14.
In just three LV= County Championship matches for Worcestershire CCC, the 36 year-old collected 17 wickets. He currently sits fourth in the Reliance ICC's World Ranking of Test bowlers, demonstrating his consistent high quality across all formats of cricket.
Director of Cricket, Steve Rhodes, commented "Saeed fitted in to the dressing room fantastically well in 2011 and his experience at the highest level can only be a massive boost to our young squad.
"To sign a world class player of Saeed's quality shows the stature the Club has in the world of cricket and demonstrates the County's determination to challenge for honours in 2014."
Ajmal commented "I'm looking forward to returning to New Road for what I hope will be an extended stay. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our short time in Worcester during 2011 and I hope to be able to contribute to a successful 2014 campaign."