Saeed Ajmal wins four PCB awards

Islamabad, Jan 13: Pakistani off spinner Saeed Ajmal has won four trophies in the Pakistan Cricket Board’s first ever awards ceremony.

The PCB protested Ajmal’s absence from last year’s International Cricket Council (ICC) world player awards, but made up for it somewhat by judging him the best bowler in tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20s. He also received a special prize for the best bowler of 2012. He was the world’s top-ranked bowler in ODIs and Twenty20s last year, reports Sport24.

An overwhelmed Ajmal said the feeling after being named the best bowler for the year was “out of the world”, adding that it took him 16 years to reach this point in his life.

Pakistan ODI captain Mohammad Hafeez was named player of the year; Azhar Ali picked as test player of the year and left-handed opening batsman Nasir Jamshed was chosen best ODI batsman.

Left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan received the emerging player award. Ahsan Raza received the trophy for the best umpire of the year.

Lifetime achievement awards were handed to Hanif Mohammad, who played tests from 1952-69, and wicketkeeper-batsman Imtiaz Ahmed.

All winners received 2050 dollars, while Ajmal received an additional 15400 dollars as his special prize. Ajmal said he would donate all of his prize money to his cricket academy in his hometown Faisalabad.

The PCB also rewarded the team which clinched the recent one-day series against India 2-1 and drew the Twenty20 series 1-1.

Each player of the team was awarded 5100 dollars, while fast bowlers Mohammad Irfan, Khan, Jamshed, Ajmal and Hafeez were given additional 5100 dollars for their outstanding performances in the series. (ANI)