Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal retires from all cricket

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on 13 November 2017, two years after losing his wicket-taking bite with a remodelled bowling action that was twice deemed illegal. He finished with 184 wickets in 113 ODIs, and 85 in 64 Twenty20 internationals.

“I am quitting all forms of cricket after the current National Twenty20 tournament,” Ajmal told AFP from Rawalpindi on the phone. It was a highly satisfying career in which I achieved whatever goals I set for myself and helped the team win matches. But his time in the limelight was cut short after a temporary ban for chucking saw him return to the sport in 2015 without the same form.

He took just one wicket in two ODIs and a Twenty20 in Bangladesh, his first matches after being cleared to bowl, and was never selected for the national team again. Ajmal took 178 wickets in 35 Tests, the last of which was at Galle in Sri Lanka in 2014, where his bowling action was reported for a second time. It was first reported during an ODI series against Australia in the UAE in 2009.

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