Veteran Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal 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 since he was hauled up for chucking. While Ajmal did make a comeback to the Pakistan side in 2015, he failed to make a successful return. He only managed to pick one wicket in two ODIs and a Twenty20 in Bangladesh after which he was never selected for the national team again.
Speaking to the AFP, Ajmal said, “I am quitting all forms of cricket after the current National Twenty20 tournament. It was a highly satisfying career in which I achieved whatever goals I set for myself and helped the team win matches.”
“Ban over action left me frustrated and hurt. More hurtful was that current player Stuart Broad questioned that and his comments hurt me no end. But I have forgiven everyone,” he said before adding, “It seems that the process was meant for me and (Mohammad) Hafeez, all other bowlers with questionable actions are still playing,” he added.
In his international career, Ajmal picked 178 wickets in 35 Tests, 184 wickets in 113 ODIs, and 85 wickets in 64 T20I.