One of the most successful yet controversial spinners of all time, Saeed Ajmal decided to retire from all formats. The Pakistani cricketer announced his retirement from the game on November 13. The spin bowler was restricted from bowling in international cricket after ICC introduce a remodeled bowling action and declared Ajmal’s action illegal two years ago. Before restricted from the world cricket, the former number one in One Day International and T20, claimed 24 wickets in three Tests.
After suffering a lot from a temporary ban, Ajmal returned to the international cricket in 2015. He, however, was far away from his known form and managed to claim just one wicket in two ODIs and a T20 against Bangladesh. Following his poor performance, Pakistan Cricket Board never called him back in the team.
While speaking on his retirement from the game of cricket, the former number one said that he will quit cricket after playing in the ongoing National T20 tournament. He added that he is happy with whatever he has achieved in life and happy to help the national side in winning matches.
Ajmal’s bowling action has come under scanner when Pakistan was playing against Australia in UAE in 2009. The International Cricket Council decided to ban him after finding his bowling action illegal in 2014. Ajmal took 178 wickets in just 36 Tests and 184 in 113 ODIs, while he picked up 84 in 64 T20s.
The ban affected his career badly and he failed to find his past form when he returned to international cricket. He also named Stuart Broad, who raised question over the legality of Ajmal’s bowling action. However, he added that it hurt him a lot, but he forgave everyone.