KARACHI: Former Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal announced retirement from all cricket formats. He told media that his ongoing National T20 Cup in Rawalpindi was his last event as a player.
“This national event is my last tournament and I don’t want to be a burden on any team,” said Ajmal with a heavy heart during the innings break.
Earlier, Ajmal’s bowling action was adjudged illegal in 2014. Despite an intense corrective programme with former great Saqlain Mushtaq, Ajmal lost his capacity for picking up wickets.
The legendary spinner also said, “As this will be my last tournament, so I want to give my best so that no one calls me a ‘Parchi’,” he stated.
It was only recently announced that Ajmal has been appointed as Islamabad United’s spin bowling coach for the PSL-3. In the 35 Tests he has represented for Pakistan, Ajmal clinched as many as 178 wickets with ten 5-wicket haul and four 10-wicket hauls in a match. The last of which he played back in 2014 against Sri Lanka at Colombo.
However, the highlight of Ajmal’s career would be during the England series in UAE back in 2012 where he took a whopping 24-wickets to whitewash the then number one side in the world.
He also represented various T20 sides such as Antigua Hawksbills, Dhaka Gladiators, Faisalabad Wolves and Islamabad United.