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05 December 2023

Ajmal taunts India to win in Pakistan

By Staff

Saeed Ajmal has challenged India to win an away series against Pakistan buoyed by their success in the recent bilateral series.

Off spinner Ajmal said India would find it difficult to beat Pakistan on their home turf.

"We looked at it (the series in India) as a challenge. We felt if we beat them in their own backyard then it will pose a challenge before them to come and try to win in Pakistan. I hope this happens soon," Ajmal said.

India are scheduled to Pakistan under the ICC Future Tours Programme in August but concerns over security may see the series ever taking place.

Pakistan toured India for a series of two Twenty20 and three ODIs in the first bilateral tour after five years.

Ajmal shrugged off controversy over his failure to receive the man of the match after claiming a career-best 5-24 in the third ODI in New Delhi on Sunday.

It went to India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his fighting 36-run knock and leadership qualities after marshalling his troops to fashion a consolation 10-run victory defending a meagre total of 167.

"I am used to these things. Remember I even didn't get the ICC award. For me the biggest reward was to see our team do well in India," said the 35-year old spinner.

Ajmal, who played a full series in India for the first time in his career, said that Pakistan won the series because of team unity and hardwork.

"That was our simple formula for success," he insisted.

Ajmal said the impressive performance in India had boosted his confidence a lot.

"I am happy that we played good cricket in every match of the tour. We were positive all the time. We desperately wanted to complete a clean sweep in the ODI series unfortunately this didn't happen," he told 'Jang' newspaper.