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Ajmal in line for Worcestershire return

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, the top-ranked one-day international bowler, is set to make a return for Worcestershire next season pending approval from the Pakistan Cricket Board and suitable visa clearances.

The 36-year-old represented Worcestershire in 2011, taking 16 Friends Life t20 wickets in eight games, including a triple-wicket maiden against Northamptonshire en route to career-best Twenty20 figures of 4-14.

In just three LV= County Championship matches that summer Ajmal, currently fourth in the Test bowling rankings, collected 17 wickets.

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes said: "Saeed fitted in to the dressing room fantastically well in 2011 and his experience at the highest level can only be a massive boost to our young squad.

"To sign a world-class player of Saeed's quality shows the stature the club has in the world of cricket and demonstrates the county's determination to challenge for honours in 2014."

Ajmal added: "I'm looking forward to returning to New Road for what I hope will be an extended stay. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our short time in Worcester during 2011 and I hope to be able to contribute to a successful 2014 campaign."

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