Saeed Ajmal to announce retirement from all formats

Saeed Ajmal

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal on Monday said that he will be hanging his boots after the last match of the on-going domestic tournament, the National T20 Cup. Saeed Ajmal, who was once the world's number one bowler in one-day internationals and Twenty20 cricket, witnessed his career take a downward curve as he was hauled up for chucking.

"I am quitting all forms of cricket after the current National Twenty20 tournament", Ajmal told AFP. The last phase was frustrating.

He bagged 16 wickets in six matches for Faisalabad, the team he captained in the recently-concluded Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, at an average of 31.06. Ajmal was a major pillar in the Pakistan line-up under the captaincy of Misbah-ul-Haq. After his retirement, Ajmal will continue with Islamabad United as their spin-bowling coach in the PSL. He was equally important in the white-ball formats, an important part of successful sides until 2011, and nearly a solitary burden-bearer in the less successful sides thereafter.

He played 113 ODIs for Pakistan, a lot of them before he was asked to remodel his action, and bagged 184 wickets at an average of 22.72 with a strike rate of 32.6. But it was when he was reported in August 2014, at the peak of his powers, that his global career was effectively over. At that point, nobody had taken more worldwide wickets than him in the preceding three-year period.

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He also lamented about Pakistan Cricket Board's indifference towards legends.

However, he became a declining force once he was reported for a suspect action and subsequently banned from bowling in late 2014.

Ajmal has played 35 Tests, 113 ODIs and 64 T20Is for Pakistan and was a proven match-winner across formats.

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