Saeed Ajmal to announce retirement from all formats


Ajmal's career went downward spiral when he was reported for suspect action in 2014.

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to retire from all forms of cricket after the conclusion of the ongoing National T20 Cup - Pakistan's domestic T20 event. In the 113 ODIs he played, Ajmal has 184 wickets to his name at an average of 22.72 and an enviable economy of 4.18. "It was a highly satisfying career in which I achieved whatever goals I set for myself and helped the team win matches". Ajmal said he would concentrate on coaching in the future.

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

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Ajmal was equally successful in Tests with three Test matches against England in 2012 remain a high point of his career. Though he made his worldwide debut late, in the 2008 Asia Cup, it was under Misbah-ul-Haq's captaincy, from 2011 onwards, that he became a major all-format force for Pakistan. 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 second time he was reported for his action was in August 2014 and that was the killer blow for Ajmal, who was subsequently banned from bowling in global cricket.

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 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 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.