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Saeed Ajmal has recovered from a
suspected hernia scare and lost five
kilograms in weight to prepare for
next month s Champions Trophy
The 35-year-old Ajmal felt pain
in his lower abdomen after Pakistan s
series against South Africa in March.
"I am fine now, but I will go for
another checkup when the team goes
to England," Ajmal said in the north-
ern town of Abbottabad where Pak-
istan is training for the one-day tour-
"I have also reduced weight and
have cleared the fitness test."
The training camp has been set
up in the much cooler weather of
Abbottabad so that Pakistan can get
used to possible weather conditions
"It s a good thing to have camp
here because there is bounce in
pitches---similar to the ones we likely
get in England," Ajmal said.
Ajmal, who has 125 ODI wickets
at an average of 22.69 runs, often
surprises batsman with his doosra
---a delivery that spins away from
the righthanded batsman. Unlike at
the last World Twenty20 in Sri
Lanka, where Ajmal had warned
batsmen of another mystery delivery,
the offspinner said he won t be trying
anything new in England.
"There will be no new variety and
I am working hard on the varieties
I already have in my armory," he
Pakistan is in Group B along with
West Indies, South Africa and archri-
val India. Defending champion Aus-
tralia, England, New Zealand and
Sri Lanka form Group A.
Ajmal thinks spinners could play
an important role in the Champions
Trophy although he won t be sur-
prised if the wickets are tailor-made
for batsmen in England.
"I think 90 per cent of the wickets
around the world are batting wickets
and green wickets are only 10-15
percent," he said. "I think the ICC
will also make batting wickets in
Ajmal said he was working hard
to counter the likes of South Africa s
AB de Villiers, West Indian Chris
Gayle and India s Virat Kohli in Pak-
istan s group.
"Spinners have an important role
in all formats of the game," he said.
"I bowl in death overs and I have
to work hard because batsmen do
hard hitting at the end of the innings.
"We are also looking at the videos
(of opposition players) and I hope if
a spinner bowls well he could suc-
ceed in English conditions."
Pakistan selectors axed experi-
enced Shahid Afridi after his below
par performance in ODIs over the
last year and Ajmal said the all-
rounder s absence will be felt. (AP)
Ajmal loses weight, recovers from hernia scare
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan has responded to crit-
icism of his election to the ICC s cricket committee
by pointing to his 33-year association with the
game, first as an international cricketer and then
as a commentator. Sivaramakrishnan was elected
over FICA president Tim May in a hotly contested
election that saw hectic lobbying by both sides.
"I am sure there are a lot of cricket-related matters
that are going to be discussed," Sivaramakrishnan
said. "And I think I have been around for a long time.
I ve been associated with the game for around 33
years and I have a lot of contribution to make."
He was non-committal about the controversial
Decision Review System (DRS) issue. The BCCI has
been opposing ICC s attempts to introduce DRS,
which was recommended by the cricket committee
"I don t know whether it is a part of the agenda.
If it is on the agenda, then we will look into the
matter. I am not the sole person who controls the
committee, I just have an opinion," he said. "I will
say whatever I feel about the DRS in the meeting
and it s the final consensus of the committee whether
to take the decision to implement DRS or leave it
optional. So, it s not entirely my call."
He has also responded to charges of proximity to
the Chennai Super Kings franchise by saying his
association with its parent company, India Cements
- owned by BCCI president N Srinivasan - goes back
16 years, well before the franchise was created.
"I am not an employee of Chennai Super Kings,"
Sivaramakrishnan said. "I have been an employee of
India Cements for the last 16 years and India Cements
owns Chennai Super Kings. That has happened in
the last six years. I have served India Cements as an
employee and played cricket for them and I see no
attachment with the Super Kings at all. In fact, I
have done nothing at all for the Super Kings."
DUBAI---Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan
has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee for
showing dissent during the second One-Day
International against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo on
The International Cricket Council says in a state-
ment that Shakib pleaded guilty and accepted the
sanction yesterday offered to him by match referee
Chris Broad. Shakib nearly hit Zimbabwe wick-
etkeeper Brendan Taylor when he smashed his bat
onto his pads after being given out lbw off the
bowling of Prosper Utseya.
Broad says such a reaction from the former
Bangladesh captain was unacceptable and "when
the umpire s finger goes up the batsman must
leave the crease without showing his emotions."
Zimbabwe won the match by six wickets to level
the series 1-1. (AP)
Shakib fined 75
per cent of match fee
Laxman banks on
experience for ICC panel
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