Senanayake Replaces Ajmal At Worcestershire
Worcestershire have signed Sri Lankan off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake as the replacement for Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal who will be unavailable due to National duty.
Ajmal who was banned for an illegal bowling action in August 2014 will be making his international comeback after having remodeled his action which was cleared by the International Cricket Council.
Confirming the new development, Worcestershire’s Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes seemed pleased with the new signing although he regretted losing a player of Ajmal’s caliber.
"With Saeed Ajmal's situation it is always difficult with so much international cricket being played around the world,” said Rhodes.
“But we are very happy with Senanayake, a proven international player.”
Although Senanayake has represented Sri Lanka in just a single Test so far, he has had decent success in the shorter formats of the game.
The lanky off-spinner has 49 wickets from 45 One-Day Internationals and 18 wickets from 17 Twenty20s with an average of 35.97 and 16.66 respectively.
Apart from his record in the shorter formats, Senanayake has an astounding First-Class record snaring 376 wickets from 71 matches at an exceptional average of 19.69 which impressed Rhodes.
"He has played a lot of game in the shorter formats for Sri Lanka, not a lot of the Test matches, but his first class record is excellent.”
Senanayake now becomes the third Sri Lankan player after Kumar Sangakkara (Surrey) and Mahela Jayawardene (Derbyshire) to play county cricket this season.
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