Last Update on: June 11th, 2019 at 12:37 pm
Recently updated on June 11th, 2019 at 12:37 pm
One of Pakistan’s most successful off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday.
Ajmal played 35 Tests and 113 ODIs for Pakistan and picked up 178 wickets and 184 wickets in both the formats, respectively. Ajmal made his international debut in 2006 at the age of 30 and is one of the four bowlers to make his Test debut after the age of 30 and pick up more than 100 wickets.
The PCB on Monday took to Twitter and congratulated the off-spinner for his successful career and wrote,
“Thank you for the memories @REALsaeedajmal, the Doosra, the Teesra, the Off-spinner, the never-say-die attitude with an ever-present smile. We will always remember you! Stay strong and all the very best in your coaching career.”
Thank you for the memories @REALsaeedajmal, the Doosra, the Teesra, the Off-spinner, the never-say-die attitude with an ever present smile. We will always remember you! Stay strong and all the very best in your coaching career. pic.twitter.com/YjJz4OHGoW
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) November 14, 2017
Ajmal was reported for a suspect action for the first time in 2009 but was later cleared by the ICC, and he helped Pakistan win the 2009 T20 World Cup in England. Ajmal made his ODI debut against India in 2008 and picked up only one wicket in the match which Pakistan won by eight wickets.
In 2012, Ajmal became the fastest Pakistani bowler to pick up 100 wickets in Test matches. He achieved the feat in 19 games. However, his downfall came when he got reported for his action once again in 2014 after he picked up his career-best haul of 7/19 in a county match. The issue was raised by former England captain Michael Vaughan and current England fast bowler Stuart Broad.
The ICC later banned Ajmal for an illegal action, and he failed to rectify his action.