Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Saeed Ajmal calls it quits from all forms of cricket

Saeed Ajmal calls it quits from all forms of cricket

But in spite of his early successes, Ajmal said the last two years of his career had been frustrating.

Saeed Ajmal will bring to an end one of the most illustrious modern Pakistan careers at the end of this month, once the National T20 Cup - the other Pakistan domestic T20 tournament - ends.

Ajmal said he will concentrate on coaching in the future.

Pakistani bowler Saeed Ajmal celebrates after taking the wicket of Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara during the final match of the Asia Cup one-day cricket tournament between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on March 8, 2014.

He also turned out for Pakistan 64 times in the shortest format, claiming 85 victims at an average of 17.83.

Ajmal was equally successful in Tests with three Test matches against England in 2012 remain a high point of his career.

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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. But it was when he was reported in August 2014, at the peak of his powers, that his global career was effectively over. "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.

At the time he was banned, he was the no.1 ODI bowler in the world, and in the top ten of both Test and T20 rankings.

He was able to remodel his action and return but he was never the force that he had been. He played just two ODIs against Bangladesh in April and a lone T20I in 2015 which proved to be his final appearance in worldwide cricket for Pakistan.

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

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

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