According to sources, Paul Grayson said “I wish one of our English umpires had the bravery to call him early season.”
“Speaking to a lot of umpires on the circuit, they all talk about him chucking it, but whether they had that support from the ECB; I’m not sure why they weren’t prepared to call him”, said Grayson.
Essex remained eight points short of second-placed Worcestershire in the County Championship Division Two.
Ajmal took 63 wickets with an average of 16.47 but Worcestershire missed out the Division Two title during the final round of the season.
Grayson told foreign media “I’ve no doubt that if Worcestershire didn’t have Ajmal, we would have gone up this year.”
“They’ve struggled in the second half of the season when he was supposed to be away with Pakistan”, he added.