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Saeed Ajmal vows to come back stronger

05 May 2015, 16:07 IST
Saeed Ajmal was not selected for the 1st Test against Bangladesh

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal who has been having a torrid time ever since his comeback has vowed to return stronger. In the two ODIs and one T20 that he played since his comeback with a remodelled action, he has picked up only one wicket and has leaked runs at a rate of 6.57. 

"For me it's been a tough last eight months and I knew it will be tough moving forward also," he told ESPNcricinfo. "I'd said prior to coming here that I need time and I am disappointed that I am not able to fulfil the expectations of the nation. But I spoke to the captain and the coach and they have a plan for me. I need time to regain my confidence. It doesn't come in overnight."

"I don't want to play cricket on the basis of reputation. I want to play with my head held high and with the same confidence level I had in the past. Things are not going well presently, but you will see in coming days that I have improved. If I am benched, that is the plan and the players playing in place of me are the best and performing well,” he said.

"It's true that you can go from bad to good and it's also true that you can go from good to bad. I don't think I have changed my action significantly, only minor tweaks. I know my doosra is not being effective which is reflecting in my performance. But I am doing my best to get myself back on track as soon as possible. I am bowling with different angles from top and from side and things are improving and I am optimistic that I will be same Ajmal as I was."

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