Aj­mal spins into T20 ac­tion with Ti­tans

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THE Ti­tans have signed world­class off-spin­ner Saeed Aj­mal,

for the do­mes­tic Ram Slam T20 Chal­lenge in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary next year, the cricket fran­chise an­nounced yes­ter­day.

It has also been re­ported that Shahid Afridi is to sign for the Knights to play part of the same com­pe­ti­tion.

Ti­tans coach Rob Wal­ter said yes­ter­day: “It is with great ex­cite­ment that we wel­come Saeed to the Ti­tans fam­ily. To have the lead­ing wicket taker in in­ter­na­tional T20 cricket as part of our squad will un­doubt­edly strengthen an al­ready ex­cit­ing group of crick­eters”.

“Our na­tional crick­eters have ex­pe­ri­enced first-hand how dev­as­tat­ing he can be in all for­mats of the game and so we look for­ward to hav­ing him on our side for this sea­son’s (T20) Chal­lenge.”

The Pak­istani off-spin­ner is the num­ber one ODI and num­ber two-ranked T20 bowler on the ICC world rank­ings.

In 2012, he cap­tured 24 wick­ets in the Test se­ries against Eng­land, and led the Pak­istani clean-sweep of the se­ries as the num­ber one-ranked team in the world, at that time, wilted un­der the pres­sure.

The 36-year old joins a galaxy of su­per­stars at the Ti­tans.

Sev­eral South African play­ers, among them AB de Vil­liers, Faf du Plessis, Morne Morkel and Al­bie Morkel, will be avail­able for the bet­ter part of the tour­na­ment, which starts on Jan­uary 5.

Ti­tans cap­tain Henry Davids said it was great to have the best T20 bowler in the world avail­able for the team.

“I know he is go­ing to be great for us as a fran­chise, and for the younger play­ers in our squad,” Davids said. “He’ll def­i­nitely help us to be a real force in the com­pe­ti­tion in Jan­uary.”

ESPNCricinfo re­ported yes­ter­day that Afridi was set to link up with the Knights for the T20 com­pe­ti­tion, with fast bowler So­hail Tan­vir ex­pected to fea­ture for the Li­ons again. – Sapa

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