Pakistan is most renowned for producing some of the top fast-bowling talents in the world. Their spin bowlers, though, have sometimes controlled the roost as well. Saeed Ajmal was one such spinner who earned his reputation after making his international debut at the age of 31. The right-arm spinner established himself as one of the most dangerous spinners during his heyday by participating in 35 Tests, 113 ODIs, and 64 T20 Internationals for the national side.

Ajmal’s career may have been tarnished by debates about his bowling technique, but the former off-spinner has also admitted that there was much hostility to the idea of him playing for Pakistan when the athlete was first chosen for the team in 2008. Ajmal said that the then-PCB top selector had remarked that even he can play out the off-spinner if given a chance in the nets when discussing his career on Pakistan’s “Ultra Edge” podcast.

“Mera naam trial basis pe announce hua 2008 ke Asia Cup. Choose me, uske bad ham, aapko. Aapko ye hi nahi pata chala ki Saeed Ajmal kaun hai, mujhe 14 saal ho gaye cricket khelte hue? Inkaar kar diya Maine. Otherwise, main apne ghar me khush aur aap apne ghar me. Aap mujhe 15 me announce karo, tab hi main aaunga. . a Did they not recognize me even though I had played in Pakistan for 14 years? I objected. Ajmal started his account of his first Pakistan call-up by saying, “I told that either you choose me in the 15-member team, or don’t pick me at all.

Unne kaha theek hai. Maine bola sorry, main nahi aa raha, Mudassar Nazar ne mujhe call kiya. You’re correct, Vo Bole ki aapke saath zyaadti ho rahi hai. I’ll abide by my rules, Misbah ne mujhe phone kiya, maine bola Misbah tu mujhe jaanta hai. Maine Pakistan me top kiya hai, main koi fakeer nahi hu, meri ek respect hai. If domestic cricket’s worth isn’t what it should be, then that’s the major problem. (They said, “Okay. When Mudassar Nazar phoned, I apologized but I couldn’t make it. He acknowledged that I was correct. I informed Misbah when he phoned that I would have to abide by my rules. I have respected it since I performed in Pakistan. I won’t be able to attend if you don’t respect domestic cricket, Ajmal continued.

After Ajmal was finally chosen for the 15-person Asia Cup team, the former spinner disclosed what the Pakistan head selector at the time had stated about him.