Ajmal, 34, who had surpassed the 100-wicket mark in the opening ODI against Australia in Sharjah, scored 759 points in the ICC ratings, reports The Express Tribune.
Ajmal had earlier said: “All I want is to become the number one bowler in all formats. My aim is to give 100% in my performance and help the team win. I don”t want anything else.”
While he was included in the ICC Test Team of the Year, his name was excluded from the ICC Cricketer of the Year, ICC Test Cricketer of the Year and ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year, despite an impressive performance during the 12-month qualifying period.
Ajmal has 120 international wickets to his name between the period August 4, 2011 and August 6, 2012. He also has 72 Test wickets, again the most by any bowler.