Saeed Ajmal looking forward to much-awaited India tour
Pakistani cricketer Saeed Ajmal has said he is eagerly waiting for the much-awaited India tour, which is scheduled to commence from December 25.
"I started my international career late and I have got a chance to play just one match against India in their own backyard the 2011 World Cup semi final at Mohali. That is why I am eagerly looking forward to this tour as it will be a challenge bowling to the Indian batsmen in India," The Nation quoted Saeed, as saying.
"I am training hard although I missed some matches of the President's Trophy due to illness for which doctor had advised me rest. And the pitches also this time are more suited for pace bowlers in the tournament. But I am still working hard on preparing for the Indian tour," he said, adding that he is training hard to maintain his fitness and gain momentum and rhythm to bowl against Indian batsmen.
Ajmal, who began his international career at the age of 31, was among the probables when Pakistan last toured India in 2007, but could not make to the final squad for any format of the game.
"I was disappointed then because every cricketer wants to play a proper series in India and prove his worth. I did not get a chance to play a full series in India because of the suspension of bilateral relations since 2007, but now finally I am getting my chance and it is exciting for me," he said.
Ajmal said that he would relish the challenge of bowling to India's top batsmen.
"To be a top bowler, one must always relish the challenge of doing battle with the world's best batsmen. Bowling to the Indians in the World Cup semi final and in the Asia Cup was also a great experience for me and I learnt a lot," he said.
The Twenty20 internationals will be held in Bangalore and Ahmedabad while three ODI will be played in Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi from December 25 to January 6.