Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal calls it quits from all forms of cricket


Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal intends to retire from all forms of cricket at end of the month, once the ongoing National T20 Cup - Pakistan's domestic T20 tournament - ends.

His retirement will end one of Pakistan's most successful spin careers.

"I am quitting all forms of cricket after the current National Twenty20 tournament", the spinner broke the retirement news over the phone. I am highly satisfied with my career although the last two years were frustrating.

He bagged 16 wickets in six matches for Faisalabad, the team he captained in the recently-concluded Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, at an average of 31.06.

"I had decided this beforehand because I will be serving as a spin coaching with Islamabad in the PSL", Ajmal told The Express Tribune. "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.

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Ajmal represented Pakistan in 35 Tests, bagging 178 wickets at a strike rate of 65.1 and an average of 28.10. However, he was more effective in the limited-overs, taking 184 wickets at 22.7 in ODIs and 85 wickets at 17.8 in T20Is.

But for all the success, there was also the more problematic issue raised by his action. At that point, nobody had taken more worldwide wickets than him in the preceding three-year period.

He was able to remodel his action and return but he was never the force that he had been.

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.