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The smiling assassin to call it quits after Pakistan National Cup. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Pakistan ace off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has announced his retirement from international cricket which would come into effect soon after the culmination of the ongoing National Twenty20 Cup.

Ajmal, who believes he has gone through turbulent times and reiterated he wants to bid the adieu to the gentleman’s game before anyone could question his credibility and position in the domestic set-up.

“Before anyone raises a finger against my selection (in domestic matches), I want to leave and that’s my final decision,” Ajmal told Wisden India.

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Ajmal played his last game against Bangladesh in April 2015. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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The Punjab-based 40-year-old off-spinner has been in an out of action for Pakistan national squad after being reported for suspected action in 2014 soon after the Galle Test against Sri Lanka.

Ajmal, who won matches for Pakistan with his bowling in his straightforward response, revealed he is going to hang his boots soon after the completion of the domestic Twenty20 competition.

“This national event is my last tournament and I don’t want to be a burden on any team,” said Ajmal as quoted by Wisden India.

However, returned into the Pakistan side in the limited-overs format after undergoing rigorous training which further saw him working on altering his action after his bowling action was found illegal after the biomechanics report was received in details by the world cricket governing body International Cricket Council (ICC).

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Ajmal played his last Test at Colombo in August 2014. Photo Credit: AFP.

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Pertinently, Ajmal, who is concurrently part of the National Twenty20 Cup in Rawalpindi while reiterating it is his

With his remodelled bowling action failing to yield desired results, Ajmal was eventually somewhat ineffective before being shone an exit door by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) national selectors.

Ajmal revealed it to the Wisden India, soon after the T20 fixture on November 13, as he led Faisalabad against Lahore Blues in Rawalpindi.

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Veteran off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq helped Ajmal to work on his remodelled action. Photo Credit: AFP.

The off-spinner claimed three wickets after conceding 26 runs which further saw Faisalabad won overall the fifth match of the National T20 Cup by seven wickets and 11 balls to spare.

Moreover, Ajmal, who troubled quality batsmen with his bowling, was recently appointed as the slow bowling coach for the former Pakistan Super League champions Islamabad United which is led by  Misbah-Ul-Haq.

Ajmal returned in Pakistan colours in April 2015 in 50-over format; before he went on to play a T20 fixture against Bangladesh at Dhaka in the same month.

After making his international debut in 2008 against arch-rivals India at Karachi, Ajmal went on to play 113 ODIs followed by 64 T20Is and 35 Tests for Pakistan.

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Ajmal played for distinct professional teams across the globe. Getty Images.

Regarded as one of the best spinners until his action was questioned by Sri Lanka team, Ajmal 447 wickets across formats which further saw his impressive bowling average in the limited cricket.

Ajmal, who has seen highs and lows, also played 148 first-class fixtures in which he claimed 578 wickets at an average of 26.87. He registered 39 five-wicket hauls in the four-day competition.

Tahir Ibn Manzoor

Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Cricket Addictor, who follows cricket like food and he has a great affection for the long-form journalism. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor