Saeed Ajmal

The PCB decided to reverse its earlier decision of not allowing Saeed, Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal to play in the Big Bash after a request from Cricket Australia © Getty Images  

Karachi:  Nov 20, 2012

 

Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will play a match in Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash after his Cricket Board allowed its players to participate in the league.

 

“Yes I will be going on December 6 to play one match for the Adelaide Strikers and will then return to prepare for the Indian tour,” Saeed told PTI.

 

The PCB decided to reverse its earlier decision of not allowing Saeed, Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal to play in the Big Bash after a request from Cricket Australia.

 

The Board had earlier said it wanted the players to give preference to the domestic Twenty20 championship that is due to begin from December 2 in Karachi.

 

“The board has now allowed the players to play in the Big Bash but they will go after appearing in matches of the T20 event,” PCB official Nadeem Sarwar said.

 

“The players have been given permission after a request from Cricket Australia that they had already committed to their Big Bash teams. But they will return in time for the national training camp that will be set up for the tour to India,” Sarwar said.

 

Saeed said he would return from Australia for the training camp and if his team reached the semifinals of the Big Bash, he would go back to play for them again as the knockout games will be held after Pakistan completes its tour to India. 

 

Pakistan is due to tour India from Dec 22 to play two T20 matches and three One-day internationals.