Pakistan spinner Ajmal to retire from cricket

Saeed Ajmal once the world's best bowler called time on his career far away from the arclights

Saeed Ajmal once the world’s best bowler called time on his career far away from the arclights

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has chose to retire from all forms of cricket after the National T20 Competition which is now underway.

The veteran took 178 Test wickets in 35 matches at an average of 28.10 and 184 one-day worldwide scalps in 113 games at 22.72 apiece.

He famously captured 24 wickets in three Tests against England in 2012. He remodelled it and made a comeback in ODIs in 2015.

"This national event is my last tournament and I don't want to be a burden on any team".

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 global format. "It was a highly satisfying career in which I achieved whatever goals I set for myself and helped the team win matches".

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Ajmal, who turned 40 last month, lost his flair after his action was deemed illegal by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2014. It was first reported during an ODI series against Australia in the UAE in 2009. His last worldwide was a Twenty20 game in Dhaka where he finished with 0-25.

"Ban over action left me frustrated and hurt", he said.

"The last phase was frustrating", said Ajmal. In the 35 Tests he has represented for Pakistan, Ajmal clinched as many as 178 wickets with ten 5-wicket haul and four 10-wicket hauls in a match.

His action was suspected illegal back in 2014. "But I have forgiven everyone", he said before adding, "It seems that the process was meant for me and (Mohammad) Hafeez, all other bowlers with questionable actions are still playing".

Ajmal said he will concentrate on coaching in the future.

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