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Saeed Ajmal announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Ajmal announces retirement from all forms of cricket Pakistan Spinner Saeed Ajmal Announces Retirement
Lucia Summers | 14 November, 2017, 18:07

Former Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal will end his long professional cricket career at the end of this month. He also slammed the process and accused that only he and Mohammad Hafeez were targeted. He will hold off from making an official announcement until the end of the tournament.

His retirement will end one of Pakistan's most successful spin careers. "I am thankful to all my fellow players, mostly to Misbah-ul-Haq for his confidence in me, and all my friends and family", the spinner said.

He was equally important in the white-ball formats, an important part of successful sides until 2011, and nearly a solitary burden-bearer in the less successful sides thereafter. In 35 Tests, he bagged 178 wickets and remained an integral part of Pakistan's dominant run in UAE.

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

Having turned 40 last month and with no options left, Ajmal has finally made a decision to bring an end to his cricketing career.

However, he became a declining force once he was reported for a suspect action and subsequently banned from bowling in late 2014. Subsequent tests found that his elbow straightened well beyond 15 degrees when delivering both the offspinner and doosra. At that point, nobody had taken more worldwide wickets than him in the preceding three-year period.

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Ajmal was the number 1 bowler in the limited overs format (ODI and T20) and had also hogged the limelight in whites.

Ajmal made a comeback into the national side after missing the 2015 World Cup with a remodelled action but had lost the X-factor in his bowling.

Last September Ajmal indicated that retirement was not on his mind.

He has continued playing domestic cricket, and has been busy with an academy in Faisalabad since then.

Ajmal took 24 wickets in the three-Test series at an average of 14.70 with one five-wicket haul including a 10-wicket haul in the first match.

He won't be featuring in the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League either as he has been appointed as the bowling coach of Islamabad United.

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