Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Pakistan Spinner Saeed Ajmal Announces Retirement

"I am quitting all forms of cricket after the current National Twenty20 tournament", the spinner broke the retirement news over the phone.

Pakistan's magical off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has announced on Monday his retirement from all forms of cricket, two years after losing his wicket-taking bite with a remodeled bowling action that was twice deemed illegal. "It was a highly satisfying career in which I achieved whatever goals I set for myself and helped the team win matches". He had famously claimed 24 wickets in three Test matches.

In his global career, Ajmal picked 184 wickets in 113 ODIs, 178 wickets in 35 Tests, and 85 wickets in 64 T20I.

Ajmal played his final ODI and T20I matches on the 2015 tour of Bangladesh ending with 184 wickets in fifty over internationals and 85 scalps in the shortest worldwide format.

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

But for all the success, there was also the more problematic issue raised by his action.

Hafeez's action was reported for a second time last month. It was first reported during an ODI series against Australia in the 2009. But it was when he was reported in August 2014, at the peak of his powers, that his worldwide career was effectively over. At that point, nobody had taken more global wickets than him in the preceding three-year period.

His record in limited-overs was all the more impressive.

However, he became a declining force once he was reported for a suspect action and subsequently banned from bowling in late 2014. While he did make a comeback in 2015, he failed to make a successful return.

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