Dubai: Cricketing legend Imran Khan led a protest of former Pakistan captains over off-spinner Saeed Ajmal’s omission from a list of annual awards, terming it a great injustice.
The wily spinner was not included in a shortlist of four players for the best Test player of the year category in the ICC annual awards to be held in Colombo on September 15.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) earlier this week lodged a protest with the ICC demanding a review of the shortlist but the game's governing body rejected it. The PCB said it was considering boycotting the ceremony.
Khan said Ajmal’s omission was unjust. “It is a great injustice to a player who is a match winner in all formats of the game and his omission was surprising,” Khan told reporters during the second Twenty20 match between Pakistan and Australia here on Friday.
Another former captain Ramiz Raja said Ajmal was hard done by the jury. “I feel that Ajmal was hard done by the jury and it is a serious case for review because if performers are not picked then the credibility (of awards) is missing,” Raja said.
Former captain and coach Waqar Younis said he didn't understand the system.