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International players want restoration of cricket in Pakistan: Ajmal

KARACHI: Former Pakistani cricketer Saeed Ajmal said on Monday that international players wanted restoration of cricket in Pakistan. 

Saeed Ajmal was speaking to Shahzad Iqbal on SAMAA TV’s show Awaz during which the Islamabad United spin bowling coach said that Pakistanis wanted to reclaim the position they had lost in the world due to terrorist attacks.

“We have achieved a lot in this regard after last night when the final was held in Karachi,” said Saeed Ajmal.

Saeed Ajmal said that there was an atmosphere of celebration and festivity both inside and outside the stadium when the final was held in Karachi.

Kamran Akmal said that he had prepared for the tournament and said that his team Peshawar Zalmi and its coaching staff deserved appreciation for supporting him.

“I don’t want to claim credit for the team’s success,” he said. “Cricket is a team game and I give full credit to Peshawar Zalmi for reaching the final on the basis of impressive performance,” he added.

In response to a question, Akmal lamented that there were certain people who were criticising him for dropping one match when he had performed well with the bat in other fixtures.

“Some people are constantly waiting for one small mistake to occur and when that happens, they start blaming me for the outcome of the match,” he said.

Akmal was asked whether he was disappointed on not being selected for the upcoming T20 series against West Indies to which he responded by saying ,”I was disappointed obviously but I wasn’t fit to play due to my hamstring injury,” he said.

Kamran Akmal wished Hussain Talat and Asif Ali the best for the series against West Indies.

Asif Ali said that he was not under pressure during the final and that he played his natural game.

Story first published: 26th March 2018

Source: Sama News

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