Saeed Ajmal re-signs for Worcestershire for T20

Worcestershire have confirmed Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will return to the club for the duration of this summer’s Friends Life t20 competition.

Ajmal, who played for Worcestershire last season, was man of the series in Pakistan’s whitewash of England.

He collected 24 wickets in just three matches including his career best Test bowling figures of 7-55.

“I really enjoyed my time at New Road in 2011 and look forward to returning this summer to help inspire the club to Friends Life t20 success,” said Ajmal, who is ranked second in the ICC’s Twenty20 bowling rankings.

Ajmal will join Worcestershire as their second overseas player for the domestic T20 competition, along with Australia batsman Phil Hughes, who is with Worcestershire for the entire 2012 English county season.

Ajmal’s previous spell for the County saw him take 16 Friends Life t20 wickets at an average of just over 11, with an economy rate of less than 6 runs per over.

Worcestershire director of Cricket, Steve Rhodes, said “Saeed showed last summer when playing for us what a quality bowler he is.

“His recent performances against England only go to back this up and we are delighted that he has agreed to return to New Road for a second time.”

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