Dec 152012

Pakistani coach Dav Whatmore feels that Saeed Ajmal will be their trump card for the tour of India later this month.

“Saeed Ajmal will always remain a trump card for us as we all know he’s a wonderful bowler,” Whatmore said. “He’s very much needed, and he will always remain a threat,” Whatore was quoted in a Mid-Day report.

The 35-year-old Ajmal is ranked No 1 in one-day internationals and Twenty20s, with 109 wickets in 71 ODIs and 69 wickets in 48 T20s.

Meanwhile, The Indian Express writes that Board of Cricket Control of India has accepted a request from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to postpone the Twenty20 International that was scheduled to be held at Ahmedabad on December 27 by a day.

The PCB wanted the match shifted because the fifth death anniversary of former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto falls on that particular day. The match will now be played on December 28 and will have a 5 pm start.

A top BCCI official told The Indian Express that the match was being postponed by a day. “The PCB wrote to us that they want to postpone second T20 game as mark of respect to former prime minister Benazir Butto’s fifth death anniversary. The BCCI has agreed and we have no problem in postponing the match,” the BCCI official said.

Pakistan are scheduled to play two T20 games and three ODIs in the first bilateral series post the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai. Pakistan are scheduled to play first T20 International in Bangalore on December 25 before flying to Ahmedabad. India will take on Pakistan in first ODI in Chennai on December 30.

“We still have a two-day gap between T20 and first ODI, so there was no problem in shifting the game.” the BCCI official added.

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