Saeed Ajmal announces retirement


Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal intends to retire from all forms of cricket at end of the month, once the ongoing National T20 Cup - Pakistan's domestic T20 tournament - ends. He ended, ultimately, with 178 wickets from 35 Tests at an average of 28.10; under Misbah, however, he took 141 wickets in just 26 Tests.

Ajmal was equally successful in Tests with three Test matches against England in 2012 remain a high point of his career.

Ajmal, who made a late entry into global cricket at the age of 29, quickly became one of the finest cricketers for Pakistan as also among the most potent spinners in the early 2010s.

Saeed Ajmal has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. "It was a highly satisfying career in which I achieved whatever goals I set for myself and helped the team win matches".

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Ajmal was banned from bowling in 2014 due to an illegal action and was unable to return to the peak of his powers after remodelling his action. He played just two ODIs against Bangladesh in April and a lone T20I in 2015 which proved to be his final appearance in worldwide cricket for Pakistan. The career graph of Ajmal is basically dissected into two halves, i.e., before and after his action being deemed illegal.

Having turned 40 last month and with no options left, Ajmal has finally chose to bring an end to his cricketing career. "But I have forgiven everyone", he said before adding, "It seems that the process was meant for me and (Mohammad) Hafeez, all other bowlers with questionable actions are still playing".

The 40-year-old will retire as one of Pakistan's top wicket-takers in global cricket.

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