Lahore, Jan. 11 (ANI): Pakistan off spinner Saeed Ajmal has launched a cricket academy in Faisalabad to find new talent and produce bowlers like himself.
Ajmal, 35, is regarded as the best spinner in all three formats of the game, and was instrumental in Pakistan’s rout of the world’s then best Test team England in the United Arab Emirates last year.
Ajmal said his ‘Saeed Ajmal International Cricket Academy’ would be free of charge to budding cricketers, reports the Daily Times.
The academy, spread over eight acres at Faisalabad’s Agriculture University, will cost around Rs 70 million to set up, with an initial Rs 30 million provided by Ajmal himself. The Pakistan government has also donated Rs 10 million.
Ajmal said he is thankful to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf for the financial help and expressed hope that the government and affluent people of Pakistan would extend more help to him. Ajmal also said he would even go house-to-house for donations.
Ajmal has so far taken 122 Test and 117 one-day wickets, and is also the highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 cricket with 71. (ANI)