Saeed Ajmal set to retire from all forms of cricket

  • The ongoing National T20 Tournament in Rawalpindi will be the last competitive commitment of the 43-year-old off-spinner

RAWALPINDI – Pakistan’s off-spinner spinner Saeed Ajmal is set to retire from all forms of cricket after the end of the ongoing National T20 tournament in the country.

“This national event is my last tournament and I don’t want to be a burden on any team. The last phase was frustrating. But before anyone can raise a finger against my selection [in domestic matches], I want to leave and that’s my final decision,” Ajmal said during the mid-innings break at Rawalpindi during a tournament game.

Ajmal, 40, had to undergo the process of re-modelling his action in 2014, a move that greatly affected his wicket-taking prowess. Before the remodelling, Ajmal was one of the most sought-after spinners in world cricket, and from November 2011 to December 2014, was the No.1 bowler in ICC’s ODI rankings.

After being banned by the ICC for illegal bowling action, he underwent a corrective program with Saqlain Mushtaq, but couldn’t recreate the magic of old, despite getting to feature in the 2015 World Cup.

In 35 Tests, Ajmal took 178 wickets, while in 113 ODIs and 64 T20Is, he took 184 and 85 wickets respectively. His last international game was a T20I against Pakistan at Dhaka in April 2015.