Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Pakistan spinner Ajmal to retire from cricket

Ajmal announces retirement from all forms of cricket Pakistan Spinner Saeed Ajmal Announces Retirement
Rita Gibson | 14 November, 2017, 13:00

"I am quitting all forms of cricket after the current National Twenty20 tournament", the spinner broke the retirement news over the phone. Recently, Hafeez was also reported for the suspected bowling action during the series against Sri Lanka. His last game for Pakistan was a T20 worldwide in Dhaka on the same tour.

During a successful but controversial career, Ajmal was once celebrated as the world's number one bowler in one-day internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 cricket, and was nearly as successful in Tests. "It was a highly satisfying career in which I achieved whatever goals I set for myself and helped the team win matches".

Ajmal, the spin wizard who played the game with steel and a smile, will be missed as crickets and fans bid an emotional farewell to the 40-year-old.

He also turned out for Pakistan 64 times in the shortest format, claiming 85 victims at an average of 17.83. He played a lead role in a number of Pakistan's early successes under Misbah, not least his 24 wickets in the 3-0 whitewash of England in 2011-12. He had picked 178 wickets in just 35 Test matches which included 10 five-wicket hauls and four 10-wicket hauls in the match. He was first pulled up during the 2008 Asia Cup but was cleared soon after. Ajmal, who remodelled his action two years ago after being termed illegal, failed to make his place in the team.

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At the time he was banned, he was the No 1 ODI bowler in the world, and in the top ten of both Test and T20 rankings. He fell out of favour with the selectors while his performances in the Pakistan Super League also did not help his case any further.

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.

Not long ago, Saeed Ajmal was considered a genuine match-winner for Pakistan.

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