Lahore: Saeed Ajmal has been offered a lucrative full-season contract by English County Worcestershire, but the Pakistan offspinner may be forced to reject it as he is still waiting for a confirmation that he will be released for national duty during his stint.
The 34-year-old took 24 wickets to help Pakistan to a 3-0 Test series win over England earlier this year in the UAE, and sources said he has now been offered a full season contract by Worcestershire. "Saeed is keen to play for the County but he wants them to first confirm that he will be released for Pakistan's commitments in Sri Lanka in June-July and for the one-day series against Australia in August," one source said.
The off-spinner is the most sought after spin bowler these days, after his exploits against England and in the Asia Cup. The source said even though "Saeed was not comfortable playing in England after the questions raised over his bowling action in the English media, but he believed that playing for Worcester would allow him to further improve his trade."
Meanwhile, left-arm pacer Junaid Khan has, however, decided to play for Lancashire, although he has made it clear that the Pakistan Cricket Board will decide whether he will be available for the County for the full season or for select matches. "I have just recovered from a knee injury and I am feeling well now. But the PCB will let me know for what duration I can play in England," he said.
Pakistan are due to play a full series in Sri Lanka from late May to July and then engage Australia in a series of four ODIs and three T20 matches in August, before taking part in the ICC T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.