Pakistan spinner Ajmal to retire from cricket


Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, considered one of the best exponents of spin in modern cricket has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday. Saeed Ajmal, who was once the world's number one bowler in one-day internationals and Twenty20 cricket, witnessed his career take a downward curve as he was hauled up for chucking.

"This national event is my last tournament and I don't want to be a burden on any team", said Ajmal, quoted Wisden India. "It was a highly satisfying career in which I achieved whatever goals I set for myself and helped the team win matches". Ajmal, however, is likely to remain the bowling coach of Islamabad United in Pakistan Super League. Though he made his global debut late, in the 2008 Asia Cup, it was under Misbah-ul-Haq's captaincy, from 2011 onwards, that he became a major all-format force for Pakistan. In 113 games, he took 184 wickets at an average of 22.72 and an economy rate of 4.18.

He played 113 ODIs for Pakistan, majority before he was asked to remodel his action, and bagged 184 wickets at an average of 22.72 with a strike rate of 32.6.

Ajmal feels that he is running out of time to go out on his own terms and admitted that the tail-end of his career was frustrating. Subsequent tests found that his elbow straightened well beyond 15 degrees when delivering both the off spinner and doosra.

He was also a potent weapon for Pakistan in limited overs cricket.

England fast bowler Stuart Broad raised questions about the legality of Ajmal's action when he was featuring in a county championship.

Returning from a suspension, Ajmal played two ODIs in Bangladesh in 2015 with a reworked action, but he failed to impress.