Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Saeed Ajmal announces retirement from all forms of cricket

"I am quitting all forms of cricket after the current National Twenty20 tournament", Ajmal told AFP from Rawalpindi. Though he made his worldwide debut late, in the 2008 Asia Cup, it was under Misbah-ul-Haq's captaincy, from 2011 onwards, that he became a major all-format force for Pakistan.

Ajmal has played 35 Tests, 113 ODIs and 64 T20Is for Pakistan and was a proven match-winner across formats. He was reported for an illegal action twice in his worldwide career and it clouded somewhat the sheer potency of his doosra, a delivery he used to devastating effect.

The 40-year-old hinted that he might go for coaching in the future.

Having made his debut at 30, Ajmal's short but extremely successful career saw him reach the top of the ODI and T20 global rankings while he was also an equally potent force in the Test format.

His most memorable phase came in 2012 when he bagged 24 wickets in three Tests and helped Pakistan win the series 3-0.

He was one of the main weapons for Pakistan when Misbah-ul-Haq was the skipper. He was first pulled up during the 2008 Asia Cup but was cleared soon after.

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

At the time he was the No. 1 ranked ODI bowler and was in the top 10 list in both Tests and T20Is. While he did make a comeback in 2015, he failed to make a successful return.

Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal, on Monday (November 13), announced that he will retire from all forms of cricket at the end of the ongoing National Twenty20 tournament. He could only take one wicket in two ODIs and a Twenty20 in Bangladesh after which he was never selected for the national team again.

But in spite of his early successes, Ajmal said the last two years of his career had been frustrating.

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