Ban over action left me frustrated, says Saeed Ajmal after quitting cricket

Ban over action left me frustrated, says Saeed Ajmal after quitting cricket

Ban over action left me frustrated, says Saeed Ajmal after quitting cricket

The veteran took 178 Test wickets in 35 matches at an average of 28.10 and 184 one-day global scalps in 113 games at 22.72 apiece.

Ajmal was reported for suspect action twice in his eight-year career.

Saeed Ajmal, the off-spinner from Pakistan, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday post the domestic T20 cup. "It was a highly satisfying career in which I achieved whatever goals I set for myself and helped the team win matches".

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Ajmal, the spin wizard who played the game with steel and a smile, will be missed as crickets and fans bid an emotional farewell to the 40-year-old. In 64 T20I matches he got 85 wickets at a staggering 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. "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.

Earlier this year, Ajmal had said he was banking on playing in the second season of the PSL for another global comeback, but he played only four matches for Islamabad United and picked only three wickets, with an economy rate of 9.94. He was first pulled up during the 2008 Asia Cup but was cleared soon after. But it was when he was reported in August 2014, at the peak of his powers, that his worldwide career was effectively over.

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At the time he was the No. 1 ranked ODI bowler and was in the top 10 list in both Tests and T20Is. He returned for ODIs and T20Is with a remodeled action in 2015 but was not as effective and never played a Test since August 2014. He fell out of favour with the selectors while his performances in the Pakistan Super League also did not help his case any further. He was reported for an illegal action twice in his worldwide career and it clouded somewhat the sheer potency of his doosra, a delivery he used to devastating effect.

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

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